Lies Don’t Become Truth

Jesus is God
Jesus is God

Lies Don’t Become Truth: My friend Deb discovered a hand-written note from her mother. It was nestled in a stack of old papers, left unread for years. She picked it up, read it, and decided to share it with our Bible study group.

It dovetailed nicely into an ongoing discussion we have had about the first chapter of the Gospel of John.

A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it is accepted by a majority.

What is truth?

A lie doesn’t become truth, but what is truth? Maybe what is true for you isn’t true for me. If I tell a lie, and believe the lie, does it become truth?

Besides, who’s to say what is true and what is not? A modern day example of this is the 2020 presidential election. Did the Democrats steal the election? The GOP lost 61 of 61 court cases contesting the election process, but the “Stop the Steal” continued regardless.

What is true? That depends on two things for the average guy on the street. One– do I want it to be true? And two—is it possible to be true. As for evidence, who cares?

Was Jesus who He said He was or was He lying?

That was the major issue starring Jesus in the face during His ministry. Was He who He said He was? For some, no amount of evidence could sway them. For others, the truth came crashing through the walls of lies and deceit.

The Apostle John began his Gospel with the truth of Jesus and continued that narrative throughout. In His epistle, he points to he witness of the truth.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth . John testifies concerning him.

He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'”

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. (John 1:14-18)

Today truth is seen as relative

In today’s world, truth is relative. We all get to define what truth is according to our own, individual biases, regardless of any evidence to support the claim.

The 2020 presidential election was “rigged” according to many Republicans. They lost every court case contesting the results. Fox News even lost an $800 million lawsuit because they perpetuated a lie, even though they knew the truth.

Three lawyers plead guilty to lying about it in the Georgia election case. Still the “big lie” persists and is truth for those who will not accept the reality of the situation.

The integrity of our institutions are being undermined, and people look for information and truth. They do not trust the government. In the time of Jesus, people not only did not trust the Romans

If the majority of people believe something, doesn’t that make it true? Is there no objective standard for determining truth?

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6-7). This statement is an example of absolute truth, which is, simply defined, that which is true in all times in all places. It does not change.