Ernest Hemingway said to start with one true sentence.
Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” If he gave an answer it is unrecorded. When asked how to tell false prophets from true prophets Jesus answered, “You shall know them by their fruits.” And by fruits he meant you shall know them by what results come from their so called truths. But let me go deeper and ask what do you mean by results? Do you mean does it actually work, produce happiness, goodness, bravery? I included “bravery” because often holding to the truth gets you killed, or canceled, or fired.
I am thinking about hydroxychloroquine at the moment. Did it work? I remember people saying they would believe it works only after double blind medical studies had been done to prove that it worked. The same people asking for double blind studies did not ask for the same studies on social distancing or masks. So it would seem to me that part of knowing truth from lies is to use the same standards for the results every time, instead of changing how you are going to measure results to make sure you get the results you want.
So is that how one measures truth? Does it give me the results I want? Perhaps that is the modern version of truth. But I don’t think it is what Jesus meant?
That might be it for today. Not bad for starting from one true sentence. There are two whole paragraphs.