The academic world has sought to remove all truth and meaning from life. Even those who cling to believing in objective truth usually believe in some disembodied cosmic Truth defined by nothing and established by no one. No wonder many find cause to believe that truth can change: nobody is monitoring it. This kind of truth is dark and impersonal, with no one to trust and no one to hold us accountable when we stray.
Humans have an inherent need for connection with others. We know that people cannot function in isolation: we need relationship. We may search for true statements but even success here never leads us to a personal relationship. One cannot have a relationship with impersonal Truth. One cannot have a solid relationship with anyone if there is no truth – for what would you discuss and how could you trust them?
We want to know the truth and we want to know the way. We cannot seem to breathe within a life characterized by uncertainty, it is no life at all. That is why Jesus’ statement that He is the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6) may not be so offensive after all. I need a person to follow, to believe in, and to make my life new. This is why C.S. Lewis wrote in Surprised By Joy: “I thought I was coming to a place; I did not know I was coming to a person.”
May those who pursue something in which to believe find the only one in whom we can have faith.