What is Truth?
by: Pastor Don Guthrie
The question, “What is truth?” is as old as the world. From the beginning of time it has been man’s desire to
determine truth, and determine if that truth will withstand the tests of time. Since the beginning there has been truth
and those who chose to oppose it. So it was and so it ever shall ever be until the end of time.
In the beginning God created the heaven, the earth and everything in them. Then he created him most prized
creation when he created man in His own image. When God created the earth, everything in it was perfect. There
were no flaws or imperfections in anything God had made.
The only flaw in the universe was one that developed in Lucifer, one of the angels God had created. Lucifer was
the most beautiful and perfect angel in the realm of heaven. Because of his beauty and position, he developed pride
in his heart determined to take God’s place as ruler of heaven. He convinced one-third of the angelic kingdom to
follow him. As a result of their rebellion against God, they were cast out of heaven.
Lucifer and his followers made their home in the perfect world God had made. Their being here, made the once
perfect earth, imperfect. Lucifer, also known as Satan became the tempter of man, and the prince of the earth.
Satan, who had begun his existence an archangel in heaven, became the object by which sin and deceit came into
This fact is evident when one looks at the account about the fall of man in Genesis chapter three.
1. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman,
Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the
2. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit
of the trees of the garden:
3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it,
lest ye die.
4. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your
eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good
6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and
that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make
one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave
also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that
they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made
8. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the
garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the
trees of the garden.
Prior to this account God had created and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They were to live there in
peace and security as the tended the Garden. In the center of the Garden stood two trees, “the Tree Of Life”, and
the “Tree of Knowledge”. God told Adam and Eve they could eat of any tree in the garden except for one tree, the
tree of knowledge. The tree of knowledge was the only tree on the face of the earth forbidden to them, one tree and
one fruit amongst thousands of others. This brings us to the account in Genesis three.
We see there that Satan, in the form of a Serpent, approached Eve and told her the very first recorded lie. By
doing so he convinced her that God had lied to them and instead that it was only he who knew the real truth.
The very thing he did to Eve is also what he does to us. He mixes partial truth with his lies to make them sound
convincing and even enticing. As a result of his actions and Eve’s listening to him, Eve ate the forbidden fruit, then
carried it to Adam and gave it to him to eat as well.
Maybe it was because Eve had not died that Adam was willing to ear the fruit. Maybe it was jut that he did not
want her to get ahead of him nevertheless he ate the fruit as well. After all, if God was mistaken about their dying if
they ate the fruit, and if indeed they were more knowledgeable just as the Serpent told them, what was the harm?
The problem is, they did die. When they disobeyed God they died morally, spiritually and yes, they began to die
physically. Before they ate the forbidden fruit their relationship with God was perfect. He walked with them. He
talked to them as a friend to a friend. They were perfect in every way and completely innocent of any wrong doing.
But the moment they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, they lost their innocence and were no longer morally
perfect. At that moment they became immoral. They were no longer spiritually whole. When they allowed sin into
their life they became separated from God and lost their closeness to him. Finally, the body God designed to live
forever slowly began dying and eventually it did. “From dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return.” Such is the
penalty of the sin derived from the first lie.
Since then, lies have been told over and over and man has chosen to believe Satan and pass his lies to their
children. Still Satan mixes his lies with partial truths, and half truths, and man continues to accept them as the truth
disobeying God and living lives of sin and disbelief.
The title of this article “What is Truth” comes from a statement Pilate made when Jesus was on trial right before he
This account is found in John 18:33-38.
John 18:33-38 Pilate had the same problem many have in the world of today. Even though truth was standing right in front of
33. Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called
Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34. Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did
others tell it thee of me?
35. Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief
priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36. Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my
kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that
I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom
not from hence.
37. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus
answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born,
and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear
witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my
38. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said
this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I
find in him no fault at all.
him, he was unsure what truth was. As a result, Jesus was crucified.
6. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me.
Like Pilate, many today have a slight knowledge of who Jesus is or wonder in their minds what he is, yet never
take the time or put forth the effort to learn to know him personally. There are also those who are controlled by
things or people around them refusing to believe because they have to answer to other people and fear what they
The world is full of people searching for truth in all the wrong places and allowing Satan to convince them that his
lies are the truth that they are finding is the real truth. He has blinded them to the point they cannot see truth when it’
s standing right in front of them and looking them straight in the eye.
People are looking for answers in Science, History, Theology, Geology, and Satan is whispering in their ear telling
them those things are factual, actual and truthful and the word of God is a lie. The question is: what’s more reliable,
things taught by man, or what God says?
God’s word has withstood time and every attempt that’s been made to destroy it. It was inspired by God, and
written by his Holy prophets. It is a book of truth and facts.
Read it, cherish it, and live by those things found in it’s pages and someday you will stand before the God of all
creation and hear him say “Well Done”.