How can we know?

June 11, 2014.

“Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
(John 14:5-7)

I’ve had this verse on my mind lately due to coming across it several times. Thus I thought it would be a good topic for today’s post. Have you ever asked the question “Is there an absolute truth?” or if there is, “Can we know absolute truth?” As a Christian, my answer (I would say obviously, but I am learning that this is not always a consensus among Christians) is yes. But why? Can I back that up? Is that a biblical concept? This is a worthy question deserving some research.

I think Thomas was hinting at this question, at least somewhat. Jesus had just finished telling his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them and Thomas asks the question “How can we know the way?” I think we get on to Thomas very quickly for doubting and asking questions like this. But how much are we really like Thomas? And is asking this question wrong? I don’t think so, as long as we accept truth as the answer.

So, can we know? Can we know absolute truth? Jesus’ answer to Thomas is interesting. He says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” This is interesting because it doesn’t directly answer the question at hand. It answers it in a more general sense. How can they know the way? Jesus. He is the truth. How can we know the truth today? Jesus. He is the truth. Listen to His prayer to his Father for his disiciples:

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
(John 17:16-19)

The phrase I want to focus in on here is “your word is truth.” God cannot lie, therefore anything He says is truth. Plain and simple. This does not mean that there aren’t some hard things to understand from His word, but it does give us a solid basis for seeking truth. God has preserved his word through scripture so that we can seek truth. This is what Paul writes to Timothy:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

God breathed. That’s what scripture is. God breathed, so that we may be complete, equipped for every good work. The word “complete” here suggests to me that we can find the truth, the absolute truth, to the fullest extent that we need it. But that’s the thing. We must find it, which means we must be honestly seeking truth. It can be found, but it may not be easy. It may not be what we want it to be, or what we’ve been told it is. But it is there. I would like to leave you with a promise of our Lord and Savior:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
(Matthew 7:7)

Seek, and you will find. Period. Signed Jesus. Let us ever be seeking for truth.

Suggested Daily Reading: Matthew 7, John 14, I Timothy 2, II Timothy 3.

The Lord grant you wisdom.


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