In the last part of 1 Timothy 4:3, the apostle Paul describes Christians as “those who believe and know the truth.” This description ties in with 1 Timothy 2:4 where he says that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Then we have 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, another passage from Paul, where he describes lost people as “those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” and as those who are “condemned who did not believe the truth.” You see, the common thread that runs through each of these passages is that salvation = the truth.
Continuing on with this theme, in Galatians 2:5 and 2:14, Paul uses the phrase “the truth of the gospel.” Likewise, in 2 Thessalonians 2:13, he equates “salvation” to “belief in the truth.” Finally, in 2 Timothy 2:25-26, he says that lost people need repentance, “…so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
We have reached a stage of civilization wherein some people deny the existence of absolute truth. They say to the person who tries to proclaim truth, “That’s your truth; it isn’t mine.” The idea is, what’s true for you doesn’t have to be true for me. Or, what’s true in one situation might not be true in another.
The hypocrisy of those who deny absolute truth staggers the mind! Try convincing these same people that 1 + 1 doesn’t have to equal 2 because there is no such thing as absolute truth. Say to the math teacher who graded your answer of 3 wrong, “1 +1 = 2 is your truth; it isn’t mine.” Or step out of an airplane at 5,000 feet without a parachute and say, “I’ll be alright. I don’t believe there is any truth to this whole gravity business.” As you are plummeting to the ground, you’ll know that your opinion of whether or not gravity is true, in the end, didn’t amount to a hill of beans.
Imagine two men who don’t know each other crossing paths on a street corner. The first man reaches out his hand for a handshake and says to the other fellow, “Good day. The truth I live by is that all the problems in the world could be settled if people just got along better. So let me shake your hand and introduce myself.” But the second fellow, in response, pulls out a gun and says, “Gimme all your money. The truth I live by is that the world is nothing but survival of the fittest. Do unto others before they do unto you. So right now I’m doing unto you.” Can you see how absurd the whole notion of “my truth” verses “your truth” is?
And if there must be absolute truth in regards to mathematics, physics, science, biology, and even morals, why wouldn’t there be absolute truth in regards to not only the existence of God but also to the plan of salvation that He has afforded the human race? According to the Bible, that truth is that Jesus was God in human flesh, who lived a sinless life upon this earth, died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world, arose from the dead, ascended back to His rightful place in heaven, and now offers salvation to one and all who place their belief in Him as Savior.
You say, “But I don’t believe that to be the truth.” Well, that’s your privilege. You should understand, though, that you don’t have the privilege of having the final say as to whether or not your assessment is accurate. Absolute truth, whether it involves mathematics, morals, or salvation, doesn’t rise or fall based upon your opinion of it. And as long as you continue to reject Jesus and His offer of salvation, you will continue to blunder around in spiritual darkness, remaining in the vice of the snare of the devil, being held captive by him to do his will. That, whether you agree with it or not, is the truth.