What is Truth?

In the 1979 sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams writes about two future sources of knowledge –

In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.

First, it is slightly cheaper; and second, it has the words "DON'T PANIC" inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

    Today, this comedic claim has actually come true, only the name of the guide is Wikipedia.  Wikipedia is basically an encyclopeida that anyone can edit.  You don’t need to be an expert – in fact, you aren’t known at all when you edit the site (been there, done that).  A few years ago, one of Wikipedia’s theology editors was exposed – he was not a Ph. D. seminary teacher, but rather was a young community college student.  (The founder of Wikipedia did not seem too concerned at first anyway.)

Now, I am actually a fan of Wikipedia – I use it (just like the link above!) as an initial filter for research on different subjects, but not as a final authority.  The question I have of Wikipedia is one of truth.  Much like the fictional Guide, Wikipedia has errors – about 5 times more errors than other information sites. Yet, that doesn’t stop us from using it as THE truth on many subjects.  Is it because it is convienent?  Free?  Easy?  Or has our definition of truth changed?

Pilate asked the question of Jesus “What is truth?”.  The Bible tells us that the True and Living God is a Person that we should seek to know more and more.  By extension, the truth is whatever God thinks about a subject.  Truth is not what the crowds say (Wikipedia) or what a computer algorithm says (Google Search Engine) or by what I may ‘feel’ at any given time about any given thing.  Frankly, it is this kind of thinking that is seen in too many counceling sessions and divorce courts.

The world can think what it wants, but the Christian has different instructions about  thinking.  How ‘transformed’ is your thinking about truth?

John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

KS