The meaning of truth is probably the most debated topic throughout human history. In fact, some of the earliest found literature examines this topic.
Jesus said "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John 8:32
Wow! What a statement. What does he mean? How will the truth make us free?
Jesus is talking about absolute truth. A truth that is the same for everyone, regardless of race, gender or age. Is it possible, in a world with over forty different religions and belief systems and where approx. one sixth of the global population profess no beliefs, that there is a truth that is absolute?
I can't say that I have the answer for you, because the absolute truth is not something that can be easily conveyed. ABSOLUTE truth can only exist in each person's mind when there is absolutely no doubt about who, what, why and how you are to be. Beyond the shadow of a doubt!
That is absolute freedom, beyond anything you can imagine. It doesn't matter what others think or believe, because when YOU know enough to be absolutely free of any doubt, it means that no questions about who, what, why and how you are, will ever arise in your mind. Can you possibly imagine the peace that comes from that? I can assure you, you can't, because it's literally beyond your wildest imagination!
Rene Descartes, who is considered to be the father of modern philosophy, wrote the line "I am thinking, therefore I exist". However, in the same discourse, Descartes also wrote:
"In the next place, from reflecting on the circumstance that I doubted, and that consequently my being was not wholly perfect (for I clearly saw that it was a greater perfection to know than to doubt), I was led to inquire whence I had learned to think of something more perfect than myself; and I clearly recognized that I must hold this notion from some nature which in reality was more perfect. As for the thoughts of many other objects external to me, as of the sky, the earth, light, heat, and a thousand more, I was less at a loss to know whence these came; for since I remarked in them nothing which seemed to render them superior to myself, I could believe that, if these were true, they were dependencies on my own nature, in so far as it possessed a certain perfection, and, if they were false, that I held them from nothing, that is to say, that they were in me because of a certain imperfection of my nature. But this could not be the case with-the idea of a nature more perfect than myself; for to receive it from nothing was a thing manifestly impossible; and, because it is not less repugnant that the more perfect should be an effect of, and dependence on the less perfect, than that something should proceed from nothing, it was equally impossible that I could hold it from myself: accordingly, it but remained that it had been placed in me by a nature which was in reality more perfect than mine, and which even possessed within itself all the perfections of which I could form any idea; that is to say, in a single word, which was God."
Therefore, it stands to reason that absolute truth only exists within the individual if the mind of that individual is ABSOLUTELY free of any doubt as to their existence and that outside of the individual, absolute truth is something that can only be witnessed in the perfect nature of another.
The common thread that every religious belief system in the world is based upon, is the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-aware deity of absolute, eternal love and that the character of this love is the epitome of every moral virtue to the nth degree.
A king is defined as a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind. Well! What could the best of human kind be like? While Buddha listed the ten duties of a king, it was actually Jesus of Nazareth that exemplified all of the duties that Buddha listed and Jesus is also called the king of kings.
He is the greatest example of a king in human history, because he didn't just believe in the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-aware deity of absolute, eternal love and virtue, he went beyond mere belief and embodied the absolute truth of it, by practising it in himself until it became his very nature, beyond the shadow of any doubt. So much so that He surrendered His life to it. Do you believe in anything to the extent you would have the courage to willingly endure abject humiliation, torture and death for it?
Therefore, while it is possible for an individual to form a truth within their self, through believing it without a doubt, ABSOLUTE truth is a state in which there is absolutely no doubt about anything and everything in life, both within the individual and without. Do you doubt me?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17