Questions About Truth
1. Why do we believe something is true?
__ I perceive it with my own senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. John 20:24-28
__ “I think, therefore I am.” (Rene Descartes) Gen. 1:26-27
__ “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” (Thomas Jefferson) Eccl. 2:9-11
__ The information is from a trusted source. Gen. 3:1-7
__ It is implied by trusted facts. James 2:14-17
__ To deny it contradicts trusted facts. 1 Cor. 15:12-19
__ The evidence supports it. Luke 7:18-23
__ I believe it on faith. Matt. 8:5-13; Matt. 16:13-18; Heb. 11:1-3; Heb. 11:39-12:2
__ I believe it just because I want to. Psalm 14:1

2. When we know the truth, how do we convince others?
__ Appeal to reason. (see above)
__ Speak the truth in love. Eph 4:15-16; Ezekiel 3:16.21

3. The Pharisees were:
__ Good guys. John 3:1-17; Phil. 3:4-6; Acts 23:6
__ Bad guys. Matthew 23:27-28
__ Well educated, well motivated, sincere, but self-righteous. (see above)
__ Best represented by Nicodemus, Gamailel, and St. Paul. Acts 5:33-42; Acts 22:1-3

4. Jesus said “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
What does this imply for us?
John 8:32
__ We are capable of knowing the truth and being free.
__ If we don’t know the truth, we will be captives to falsehood.
__ The truth hurts sometimes, but it’s better to know it and be free.

5. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
What does this imply for us?
John 14:5-7