Pestilence Confronted: What is Truth?

I suppose we should not be surprised that the Covid advice and explanations of government, medical and other “experts” have often been unreliable. Our “experts” try their best with much education, years of experiences and considerable resources, yet they still mislead with inaccurate, premature or all together untrue pronouncements. However, I want to be the first to offer much grace and understanding to these “experts” particularly with regard to the global Covid 19 virus; the complexity and sheer number of factors involved in this pestilence have been overwhelming.  

As a fellow human I am grateful for the effort and application of knowledge to bring this “plague” under control regardless of any mis-steps along the way. After all we are only human. Yes, that is really a key truth and revelation of the entire Covid struggle. We are only human despite our technology and medical advances. We remain vulnerable and dependent on each other to get things right. To discern the “truth” from science is a challenge and perhaps less certain than we want it to be. 

Sometimes people are amazed at how much Jesus and the “Gospels” have to say about truth. Once Jesus said to his apostles: 

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (ESV) 

Who talks like that? Certainly not a scientist or medical doctor. And then we read: 

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 (ESV) 

And this short exchange with Pilate the powerful Roman Governor of Judea just before Jesus’ death by crucifixion, must be one of the most extraordinary of all:  

“Then Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” John 18:37-38 (ESV)

Yes, what is truth? And how can I know it for sure? Clearly if there is an all knowing and powerful God, then truth must originate there. 

I appreciate and benefit from scientists and medical professionals. Yet I am glad my faith (trust) is in God for the ultimate reality (truth) of life and what is to come.