If truth is a foundation, then the structures of society can only hold together properly if the truth remains stable. Show host, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston says, “You don’t have to go far to see that truth is under attack. People say, ‘That’s your truth, not my truth,’ or ‘I don’t believe in good and evil.’ You need to know as a Christian thinker: ‘Does absolute truth exist?’”
While Christianity is the object of widespread scrutiny, Johnston points out that somewhere around 70,000 people per day come to faith in Jesus Christ. “I’m here to tell you the Christian faith has never been more popular or prominent or influential around the world,” he says.
Thankfully, Jesus made the truth of His nature and of God’s character very clear in Scripture. In the book of John, the Son of God’s appearance in the world is described as “full of grace and truth.” In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
As followers of Christ, we are to worship God “in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). At the conclusion of his earthly ministry, Jesus tells Pilate, “In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of the truth listens to me” (John 18:37).
In pointing out these passages, Johnston says, “One of the most dangerous places to be is when we don’t seek truth. The easiest way to eliminate confusion is to know the truth.”
Even if people do not acknowledge certain truths, they continue to exist. Christians should not be afraid of challenges to their faith by skeptics. A winsome approach can make people wish Christianity were true, and then realize it is, as Blaise Pascal wrote.
Without truth as an underpinning, and when Christianity is diminished in society, there is room for inequality, slavery, eugenics, dehumanization, and moral relativism, Johnston says. “These are very real concepts that impact our daily lives. Please be a person who lives by absolute truth in your morals, ethical decision-making, and your Christian living,” he says.