The greek word for truth is aletheia. The definition is the “unconcealed/unhidden existence under any circumstance.” In other words: truth is a matter of REALITY.
An example is that sex-trafficking of young or adolescent girls is a worldwide modern-day slavery. Matter of fact, Sacramento is one of the biggest city or hub in which these girls are traded and abused EVERYDAY. Nationwide the count is now over 300,000 for sure.
This may be truth that I could effortlessly acknowledge or intellectually receive. However it is not my reality. This is something that I do not WITNESS or LIVE in. And because this is not my reality, I frankly do not care enough to even think or put any weight of attention on it.
Oh yes it could press on my guilt or have me want to donate money time to time. However it is something out of my life and above my imagination for me to be concerned with it in my heart, mind, and strength.
Jesus said that He is the Truth the Way and the Life. Now this is crazy for religious people, unbelievers, for the whole world to hear. That a God who was reincarnated into a man would say something as authoritative and bluntly as this.
He is saying that He is the reality, He is the motivation of our every action, and He is the means of breathing for us to get up in the morning everyday (not just talking eternally).
Jesus also said whoever Believes in Him, he will not perish but have eternal life from that oh so famous football verse… The greek word for believe is pistueo, which means to “have confident in and to be convinced that it is TRUTH.” But what I like the most about this word is that another definition of it means “to trust to where a man is impelled.”To be impelled is to be convicted and to have an URGE TO DO SOMETHING. There’s a DRIVE or FORCE to do something with the truth that you just received.
This does not need be religious by the way. For example, the time you realized that you’ve been cheated on is the truth and the reality. From there you are impelled to do something. Whether it is to simply argue, beat up, break up, revenge, stay silent, keep together, whatever. Your reality and truth is something that CANNOT be ignored because your HEART and MIND is latched onto it. THERE IS ALWAYS an impelling action that follows.
If Jesus is my Truth, my Way, and my Life. He is someone that I cannot evade or just say He doesn’t affect/effect me in any way. Just like I can’t say that I could ignore the Sun and live without the reality of it even though I don’t really know much about it.
The problem isn’t that we’re too sinful to be godly. The problem is Jesus is not our reality. And there are distractions and lies that disallow us to actually believe in the aletheia of Jesus Christ. Jesus isn’t begging for you to pity-believe and make-believe that He is there with you. He wants you to step out of the already-make-believe world you’re in. The make-believe world of education, finance, social spheres, jobs, relationships. There’s so much more to our lives than these.
If Jesus isn’t your reality, alls you have to do is ask and He will open the door for you to come into it.
Matthew 16:15, John 16:3, John 14:6, John 3:16
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis