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What is Truth?
 
     Today, nineteen centuries removed from the time of the utterance, "The truth shall make you free," the world is not free. Who can honestly contend that it is? The very fact that, in the 1940's, politicians of "Christendom" publish a statement to the world guaranteeing the so-called "Four Freedoms" is a blank admission that the peoples and nations are not free. Nevertheless "Christendom", which, according to her profession of the name "Christian", ought to he free, claims to have continued in the word of Jesus and to be his disciple indeed. The facts belie her claim. Instead of knowing the truth, "Christendom" is a confusion of religions, Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish, and pagan, and a confusion of political systems, democratic and totalitarian. All are now fearfully groping in darkness for some inter-religious and international arrangement whereby they can all survive and get along together.

     This serious plight of "Christendom" stands as a condemnation that her political and religious leaders during the sixteen centuries of her existence have not continued till now in the word of Jesus and have not been his disciples indeed. Today, in "Christendom", are fulfilled the words of the ancient prophet: "None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. .. . Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and lie that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment."

     The most pressing need of all people who desire life and liberty in a free world is for the truth. To continue in the word of a mere man who speaks out of his own wisdom makes one a disciple of such man, but also leads to bondage. Not so, however, with the word of Jesus. To continue in His word makes us free as his disciples, knowing the truth, because his is not the word of one merely of human origin or possessed of mere human wisdom. He called upon his hearers to be honest and to examine and recognize his real identity and that of his Father. Why I Because, said he, "this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent1'1 That truth is echoed by one of his disciples, who wrote: "This is the true God, and eternal life.'" (Quotation from John 17: 3 and s from 1 John 5: 20).

     Jesus stuck to the word he preached, because it was the truth. He was finally arrested by religionists, held in custody and abused and derided, falsely accused, and then nailed to a tree till lifeless. But he died a free man. He died because he did not choose to fight back with powers that were at his command. He yielded to death because he knew more benefit would result from his death than to fight for further life in the flesh. He died because the interests of the truth concerning himself and his Father would be more fully served by suffering innocently unto death than by continuing to live as a man. As truth cannot for ever be crushed to earth, so neither could this faithful Truth-teller ; for his Father duly freed him from death's bonds and ushered him into a freedom as wide as the universe and wherein he will "never see death".

     What is his word, or doctrine, wherein we must continue in order to be his disciples and know the truth and be free? We cannot turn to any of the many conflicting religions for His word, because he told the practicers of religion they were guilty of "making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered". Thereafter the religionists killed him, because his word found no place in them. Jesus did not teach like the religionists, who referred to human authorities and traditions of religious men. Hence, "the people were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." (See Mark 7:1-13; and John 8:43,45,47; and Matthew 7:28,29).

     Jesus revealed the source of his word of truth. He said: "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Privately he said to his disciples: "The word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me," Then, joining with his disciples in prayer, he said to his Father: "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (Quotations are from John 7:16,17; 14:24; 17:17).

     It is his Father's written Word that is the truth; which was why he repeatedly quoted it as his authority and guide during his earthly life. If we would continue in his word and be his disciples, we must likewise turn to his Father's word of truth. Then we shall come to know the truth and be made free with a God-given freedom that no human or devilish powers can take away. To find life eternal we must know in truth "the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom [He] has sent". This knowledge we can rightly acquire only by means of the written Word of God. That Word instructs the truth-seekers and freedom-lovers: "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding." "Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightiest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?" (Quotations are from Proverbs 23: 23 ; 22:20,21).

     You must buy the truth at the cost of your time and effort spent in searching God's written Word, doing so without religious bias and prejudice. Otherwise you will be like the religious leaders, "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." The divine instruction given through one of Jesus' faithful disciples who continued in His word and came to know the truth is: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (Quotation from 2 Timothy 2:15).