Truth has many meanings
English has a number of ways to understand truth. We speak of “discovering,” “distorting,” or “twisting” the truth. This uses the truth is an object metaphor in which truth is a physical object that we can “grasp” and do things with. We also think of truth as a journey so that we pursue truth and can even think of it as a guide such that we follow it wherever it leads. We also think of truth as an exemplar when we say “he is a true sports fan.” Biblical writers also used these same metaphors to understand the nature of truth. Jesus is the true vine (Jn 15:1). The truth can be held down (Rom 1:18). A major biblical understanding of truth is as a way of living. It involves a journey and we are supposed to walk on the proper path and not turn away from it. Also, the way we walk on the path is also important. Both the road and the way we traverse the road are important for a true life.
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