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Paul Hayden

What is Truth?

Jack - are you out there? Show yourself, and let's talk!

June 17, 2024

This publication is dedicated to the “truth.” But what is truth? We definitely need some sort of basis to go on, perhaps now more than ever in history. 

There has been a challenge to me and this publication, of which I am now in charge. The challenger is one “Jack,” but beyond that I have no idea who that is. You can see his comments at the end of my article The Mission And Goals For Conservative Truth,” along with my responses. 

What is Truth? Pilate asked this of Jesus, when they met near the end of Jesus' life. Pilate thought that he had Jesus' fate in his hands. Little did he know. 

As recorded in John chapter 18, verses 33-38 (in the New Testament of the Bible - NASB).

Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" 
Jesus answered, "Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?"
 Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?"
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm."
Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.”

I don't think Pilate had any idea who Jesus was. His heart and mind were not opened to the truth. He was spiritually dead. He had only his lifeless Roman gods and his trust in the Roman emperor as the deity in his life, along with whatever riches he called his own. But here he was in direct contact with the Son of God, God's embodiment in the flesh in the person of Jesus. And Pilate had no clue. 

At another time, Jesus had said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him." John 14.6-7

I do not know the ultimate fate of the world, the people in it, or even me and my family. I trust the words of Jesus, and to a limited degree, those of His faithful followers. Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to guide us into all the truth. But one surely cannot just haphazardly, through wishful thinking, think that everything that pops into his head is the truth. There has to be a commitment to know and live in that truth. Truth has to do with reality, with honesty, within the context of God and the world that He created, and how He created it.

Well…this is all very heady, and gets into philosophical as well as the spiritual aspects of life. But it is good to give it some thought.  

All too often we just go about our everyday lives, and do not give thought to the spiritual things, to God our Father and Jesus and His revelation of God in the world. But it is the Spirit in our life that truly gives us life. It is as close as our next breath or heartbeat. There is a Hebrew word that means both “breath” and “spirit,” as well as the “wind.” What is it that gave you life, keeps you alive? What is it that “creates” babies in the womb? 

Thanks be to God, the maker of the heavens and earth and all that is in it. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I trust in God and Jesus. 

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Paul - Editor
Hey, Jack - Thanks for the recent comment. Positive feedback is always welcome, as is constructive criticism. I'd love to continue the dialogue directly with you, rather than through the cumbersome <comments> section and means. You can write me directly to my email through the <contact us> page, or the <submissions> link - both are at the left side in the menu. Click to <Show Menu> if you need to. I'd really love to hear from you, and make your acquaintance. Sincerely, Paul Hayden
Wow! Editor Hayden, this is more what I hoped for on the first go round. The intimacy between "Truth" and "Christ" is decisive, and you express it beautifully. Frankly, I am surprised that you did another draft, but honestly, it is worth the wait. Congratulations. I felt so uplifted reading this piece!!
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Paul Hayden is a Christian believer, and an American patriot, necessarily in that order. He is a student of the Bible, and is avidly interested in our role in the context of history, as understood through the heart and eyes of faith. Paul has lived and traveled somewhat widely, and now lives in the heartland of the U.S. (central Illinois), with his wife Donna - they have five grown children. Since December of 2016, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of www.ConservativeTruth.org.

"I was raised by a Christian minister, Kenneth Hayden, until his death when I was 10. Then my mom Bonnalee Hunt Hayden married a farmer. So I was raised in a very down-to-earth home. My faith has grown through the years, but both in conjunction with the institutional church and through small groups and individuals, including books as well as group settings, where deep, sincere faith is shared that aligns with Biblical truth."