After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him (John 6:66).
The Oxford Dictionary says the phrase “post-truth” was its word of the year 2016 because it was widely used especially in American and British politics. “Post-truth” is defined as an “adjective…relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. This is a sad reality. Where appeals to emotion and personal belief shapes public opinion rather than facts.
But, clearly, this doesn’t apply to only politics. It is the age we live in, when objective facts doesn’t count; only what what one feels strong about—regardless of whether it true or not. This to a large extent, plays out in Christianity also. Truth no longer matter. In its stead, emotions, sentiments and subjective personal experiences have become the standard by which many define their Christian worldview.
What about you? How do you handle truth when it’s presented to you? Do you walk away or you embrace and live it?
In the opening text, we see disciples; people who have been following Jesus offended because He told them the truth of who He is. In John 6, every single truth about Jesus offended the people. I am the bread of life; they got offended. I came from heaven; they got offended.
Truth is not always pleasant, especially if it challenges and confront our sinful way of life. But it is by truth—the truth of God’s word—that we will be liberated. Truth liberates. When you hear the truth, embrace it and live it. Don’t walk way from truth.
Further Studies: Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 3:3, John 8:32, 17:17