Pilot famously asked Jesus: “What is truth?”. Jesus never responded to that question as far as the Bible record is concerned, but the idea of truth is integral to the message of Jesus. He claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life.
For most of us, truth is thought to be what is absolutely real and verifiably correct. We have an innate assumption that what we experience sensually has to be true for everyone because the senses are the same for all. But is that really true? How does that belief square with the fact that eye witnesses to the same event don’t always describe it the same way? They seem to have seen two different events, each believing their memory recorded what actually happened.
Sensual data is always filtered through the brain, which is conditioned by its own unique genetic makeup, life experiences, instilled preconceptions, and general mental health and vitality. Therefore, observed sensual data does not necessarily register the same in different brains. What one sees as object fact based on personal observation will vary, perhaps to a dramatic degree, from one person to another. Each individual will establish and believe their own version of the truth; and their life, attitudes, and behaviors will be molded by that unique, very subjective truth.
So, if Jesus had bothered to answer Pilot he might have suggested that Pilot’s truth was whatever he chose to believe for whatever reason. Jesus’ truth, on the other hand, could be objective truth, if that truth was ascertained by an omniscient mind. The divine source of all could conceptually avoid all the factors which make objective truth unavailable to humans through the senses and logical deduction.
Religiously we have been taught and led to accept that certain dogmas are absolute divine truth. The implication is that somehow a divine text has overcome the normal limitations of human truth determination. As long as human language, human logic, and human interpretation of “facts” is involved in establishing divine truth, I fail to see how communicating truth by a document can possibly avoid the inevitable subjectivity of each person’s observation and interpretation of the written words.
A message of universally received and understood truth would have to bypass the senses in order to avoid the subjective brain elements which influence sensual data interpretation. That kind of truth would seemingly need to rise up spontaneously from within the mind and heart of every individual. This truth would be analogous what is known in computer terminology as firmware, a fixed coded message embedded in the hardware device.
That message sounds very much like the law of the heart described in Hebrews 8:10-12 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.