The other day I found myself in a girls Secondary School RE class. They were having a brief Q&A with the teacher and several of the girls asked if God was a She. There are references in the bible where God is referred to as a She they were told. The main answer as I observed it, was how society back in those days (and in previous generations to ours) was a Patriarchal Society. Several of the girls acknowledged this. But now society has changed it’s more acceptable to view God as a She. So if this view were to change back where does this leave Truth? It’s a commentary on how the Truth of anything is viewed. In fact there is to be no such thing as Truth at all and this view is accepted without criticism in the classroom. The argument would be – as I have heard previously – that it’s a concept above this particular year group (Year 7 or 8 I think it was) but we’ll discuss it at GCSE or A-Level. By then the idea that there is no such thing as Truth is so deeply ingrained that it would need a monumental shift in thinking. This does of course happen, but I would suggest rarely is it so.
The idea that Truth does exist in my opinion is fairly simple and straightforward to grasp. Unpacking it may be a little more complex but the idea of Truth existing is quite easy. There is such a thing as Truth – there I’ve said it. The sad fact is it is unlikely to be taught in schools because in the main teachers do not think it exists – except the illogical truth that truth does not exist. But it’s a good example of the law of non-contradiction being violated on a daily basis. But for many it’s a ‘truth’ that’s just too convenient – or a version of what’s true for me must be true.
This idea permeates everything, ideas of morality, of religion, of art, of music and especially of ultimate authority. These depend on Truth. It comes as no surprise then that the history of sinful humanity could perhaps be described as mankind’s struggle to escape the uncomfortable thought that Truth exists. But of course it does.
As Jesus said in His high priestly prayer “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17 KJV). And as Jesus said of Himself in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. Truth in the end is found in a person – His name is Jesus.
‘JESUS, Jesus, all-sufficient,
Beyond telling is Thy worth’
William Williams, 1717-91;