Jesus Christ asked: “If I say the truth, why do you not believe Me?” Jn 8:46. He challenged His audience to examine themselves and their beliefs.
He went further than this: “Because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me” Jn 8:45.
Many people in Jesus’ day were utterly opposed to the truth which He taught, and there are many today also.
A list of Jesus’ truths
Jesus taught the following, which many people do not believe:
… that He came from God the Father, and that He is the Son of God.
… that there is a lost eternity beyond death for unbelievers.
… that if people do not believe that He is the Messiah, they will die “in their sins” Jn 8:24 because they cannot atone for their sins.
… that “you must be born again”.
The relationship between faith and truth
No-one can believe what they think is untrue. You believe what you have judged to be true, by whatever means you have arrived at this judgment. Belief has a personal judgment contained within it.
Those who do not believe Jesus have judged His testimony to be untrue.
It is common to hear unbelievers complain “why should I be judged simply because I do not believe?” This is incomplete. They are judged because they have judged God and Jesus to be telling lies and they have lived their lives with this ungodly worldview.
They have “changed the truth of God into a lie” Rom 1:25 by not believing it.
Walking in darkness
Jesus’ definition of a person in darkness is anyone who does not know where they are going Jn 12:35 and 1Jn 2:11. Many people do not know that they are going to meet God after death. Jesus describes them as walking in darkness. They do not know where they are going.
Do you believe this? Is this another thing you do not believe? “Because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me,” said Jesus.
If so, you have an issue that needs to be resolved soon.