What is Truth?

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

Whatever sets you free

Sunrise viewed through towering trees.
Sunrise at Evergreen. Truth, like light, is never far away. Photo by author.

Do your thoughts make you feel trapped? What can you do about it?

The recorded words of Christ in John 8:32 are often quoted in books, frequently shouted from pulpits, but seldom understood:

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

The trouble is that truth is a tricky topic. We all have our own version of it.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines truth as: the body of real things, events, and facts. These would include things, events or facts like the world spins, Roger Bannister broke a world record in 1954 by running a mile in less than four minutes, and I have freckles.

But these truths don’t set me – or anyone else – free. So, what was Christ talking about?

What he was referring to fits under a further definition of truth in Merriam-Webster: often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.

Ah! Truth with a capital ‘T’. I don’t think the fact that I have freckles deserves to fit under this banner. That’s a mere fact. There’s nothing transcendent or spiritual about it.