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Dead – or just asleep? – What’s the truth?

Dead – or just asleep? – What’s the truth?

By on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog |

In John 18 v38 Pilate asks the million dollar question – “What is Truth?” Of course, even if he wasn’t really looking for an answer, the fact that he is addressing Jesus, who IS the Truth, is highly ironic! But looking at this led me to think about how I would actually answer Pilate’s question to some of my friends today, given that the concept of any sort of universal truth is pretty alien.  I started by looking at how the dictionary defines truth, and the 2 definitions are interesting: 1.      A fact or belief that is accepted as true 2.      That which is in accordance with fact or reality Both of these link truth to something that is generally accepted by society as being solid fact or reality. But, of course, facts about all sorts of things are ever-evolving due to new discoveries and advances in science etc. What are the facts and realities that we are going to use as our benchmark? Clearly our human view of reality depends on our perspective – and aren’t there are as many perspectives as there are people!? Wasn’t it old Obi Wan Kenobi who said – “Luke, you will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view”. In a sense he’s right, but a Biblical definition of truth would say Truth = Reality from GOD’S perspective. All other vantage points on reality cannot take in the fullness of Truth seen through God’s eyes. A great example of this is in Luke 8, the Healing of Jairus’ daughter. In v49 the synagogue leader comes to Jairus to tell him “Your daughter is dead”. I think it would be fair to take from this that medically speaking the girl had actually died and that what the synagogue leader stated was indeed a fact. But was it the Truth? Jesus goes on say “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed” and he is laughed at as he goes in to the house and tells them all “she is not dead but asleep”. In all honesty, it’s not hard to imagine laughing in this situation – the words don’t match up with...

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