So-called environments of objectivity tend to be closed shops with presuppositions solidly entrenched. The quest cannot be narrowed either to the natural or to the supernatural realm.
“What is truth?” Pilate’s question has reverberated through the centuries of human experience. Behind it we can sense man’s anguished impulse to know the truth and his awareness of the difficulty of finding it.
Man’s search for truth is as noble as it is universal. It is a human prerogative, an ability distinguishing man from the rest of God’s visible creation. The pursuit of truth is the special task of the educational process. Next to the desire to glorify God, the desire to find truth is the most excellent of many good reasons for obtaining an education.
The initial premise that truth-seeking man must recognize is that there is a source of truth. He readily accepts the principle that the existence of something presupposes an origin of the thing. When he sees an automobile or a chair in a display window, he is aware that its existence can be traced back to a manufacturer. He is equally aware that the existence of the visible universe argues that it had a source (even those who deny divine Creation are preoccupied with questions of origin). Yet he often fails to realize that the same principle applies to abstract spiritual qualities. Truth has an origin, and to pursue it wisely we must understand what its source is.
Both reason and Scripture tell us that God is the source of all truth. Reason informs us that only a divine, omnipotent being could originate all truth, and this is also the message of the Bible. The God of Scripture is “a God of truth” (Deut. 32:4). He is “abundant in … truth” (Exod. 34:6), and his “word is truth” (John 17:17). Christ ...1
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