How does a person find the truth? Many people in our modern world find truth in something called 'metrics', that is "Standards of measurement by which efficiency, performance, progress, or quality of a plan, process,, or product can be assessed" (Buisness Dictionary). In school teachers use metrics to assess student performance in the various disciplines that comprise a set curriculum; they measure the student against a varifiable standard, and by that comparison issue a grade that reflects the quality of thought or action derived from that assassment. In other words, TESTING!
Also, there are a very many people today that derive truth from the supposed safety of consensus; if everyone believes something then it must be correct. This is seen today in the idea that has been floated that 97% of ALL scientists accept that man made global warming, ne 'climate change', is fact, therefore it simply must be true. The problem with THIS concept is that 'metrics' can't support that kind of conclusion.
Did Jesus use either of these two systems to PROVE that what He taught was the truth? Did Jesus supply a 'metric' against which to measure all Truth? Did Jesus seek consensus from the religious scholars of His day for the purpose of establishing a truth everyone could believe?
If all Jesus needed to do was simply come to earth to 'die for our sins' (as stated by the apostle Paul), a concept exclusively taught by Christianity, and by which nearly complete consensus has been achieved, then WHY did He feel the need to "testify to the truth" (John 18:37)? The 'metrics' of Truth is the Words of Jesus that He gave to His own eyewitness discples. The consensus of the church does not confirm truth because HIS words do not promote consensus.
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