Is All Truth “God’s Truth”?
One of the more popular topics of debate within both secular and spiritual circles is whether all truth comes from God or if there is secular truth that does not originate from the divine. Many question if there are two different types of truth? Is there spiritual truth and secular truth? One author probed if there is truth with a capital “T” and truth with a small “t”?
Jesus addresses this issue several times in the Gospel of John.
John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life. Noe one can come to the Father except through me.
John 17:17 – Make them holy by your truth, teach them your word, which is truth.
Jesus Himself is the personification of truth. All truth points to God and finds its foundation and its significance in Him. 2 +2 does not equal 4 without God. The reality and the consistency of that fact is based in the reality and the consistency of God. The fact that our body needs oxygen to survive; or that color is a reflection of light; or that pi is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter are all truths that point to the reality of all powerful God. God is truth and all truth comes from God.
The challenge, though, is not just to be aware of that fact. John Piper addresses that particular issue in his web blog…http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/all-truth-is-gods-truth-admits-the-devil
Alongside “All truth is God’s truth,” we need to say, “All truth exists to display more of God and awaken more love for God.” This means that knowing truth and knowing it as God’s truth is not a virtue until it awakens desire and delight in us for the God of truth. And that desire and delight are not complete until they give rise to words or actions that display the worth of God. That is, we exist to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31), and merely knowing a truth to be God’s truth does not glorify him any more than the devil does.
The simple realization of the fact that all truth is God’s truth is not enough. Truth should point man to God. Real truth, when properly understood should give us a glimpse of our Creator. It should give us a desire to better understand and to more intimately know Him.
It was the psalmist that said, “the heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship.” The magnitude and the beauty of the heavens point people towards the reality of a personal God. How sad when scientists and humanists alike view truth in all of its magnificence and yet reject the Author of that truth. Once again to quote John Piper: “All truth exists to make God known, and loved and shown.”
So be amazed at the beauty and the precision of the universe, discover the exactitude and the miraculous functionality of the human body, seek to understand the laws of physics and thermodynamics. Let me encourage you, though, to not stop there. Allow the truth of God to result in a greater personal love an dedication for the God who is the Author of it all.