Veritas. What is Truth?


“So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?””

-Jn 18:37-38-

Once upon a time, there was no internet to make life easier. There was no Google to get information in a click. To obtain facts, students resort to bulky volumes of encyclopedias. Once upon a time, there were no cellphones for lengthy conversations that would bridge the gap between oceans and seas. There were no e-mails to connect businesses, no Skype to chat with people from different time zones face to face. We have seen how communications and media evolved through the years. Everything is instant.

With this evolution, sadly, even principles and morals went with the tide.

I remember my little brother asking my take on the RH Bill issue and after having a lengthy discourse on why I was against it, he left me silent with this conversation-ender, “What is the truth, ate? I am confused now what I should believe in.” 

Quid est Veritas? (What is truth?) Pilate asked Christ. And this question has long been unanswered to many who seek what is truth.

How can one explain the truth to victims of injustice?

How can one explain the truth to those blinded by lies?

How can one explain the truth to people who insist that their version of truth is true?

In this age of digital media, the answers to these become blurry by the minute. Why so? Well because we are confined between walls of high-speed connections, it is easy to put up a different face to others. It is easy to project a lie because no one can see how we say what we say online. It is easy to pretend in Facebook; it is easy to tweet what we think will be pleasing to others even if it defies what we really stand for. It is easy to destroy integrity by a post in one Facebook wall. It is easy to create a scandal that would span oceans and continents in an hour. It is easy to influence one to believe things against the Truth.

And so again, Quid est Veritas?

The answer has been in front of us all along. The Truth is Christ. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…” (Jn 14:6) Run away from this, bash it all you want, try to engage a debate on this…at the end of the day, it will boil down to this very line. There is no other way to know what Truth is, there is no life that is fulfilling and free but a life in Christ. We were created by God, for God. At the end of our lives, we return back to God. There is no other way, no other truth, no other life. No other beginning, no other end.

Ever wonder why people constantly search for the way, the truth and the life in the ways of the world only to end up thinking at the end of the day what true happiness is? What truth is?

“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice…” Jesus said this prior to Pilate’s inquiry. Pilate probably skipped this line that was why he needed to ask, “What is truth?” The life Jesus lived, His teachings…these point us to Truth, Jesus Himself. Pilate failed to see that Truth was that man beaten and battered in front of Him.

Look no further. The Truth, the answer, has long been right in front of you.

Now spread that Truth using that cellphone, that internet connection, that e-mail address. If all of us will use these to spread the Truth, there will be no more confusion on what the world should believe in and stand for.

No more shall anyone ask, “Quid est Veritas?”


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