“All truth is given through revelation from God. Outside God given revelation there is no truth.”
One of the big misconceptions that many hold is that people can somehow know “truth” independent of God. This is simply not so because truth is based upon the very nature of God. Furthermore, in order to know Him it must be revealed to you.
It is written,
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
From this verse we learn that even though they had walked with the son of God, seen the miracles, ate the loaves and fishes, that they did not know who He was. In fact, God had to reveal His son to them through divine revelation.
And again we read,
“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
Luke 24: 13-22
It is unbelief that blinds us to the truth and not our lack of ability to understand it. To these disciples Jesus should have been obvious (especially when He spoke) yet their eyes needed to be opened for them to see who it was that fed them.
To know truth is to simply know the way things really are. When you know the way things really are you come to know God or at least the portion of God that He reveals to you. People think that they can figure things on their own out but in reality they cannot. It is impossible to come to knowledge of the truth without it being revealed to you from God. If you consider closely the times that you have realized a profound “truth” is was like a light bulb was turned on in a darkened room and you “suddenly” realized what was true. This light bulb effect is the transfer of truth from the Spirit to you. Without God doing so you can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth. God through Jesus is the light of the world and without His illumination you cannot truly see.
In conclusion, it is by forsaking the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that we begin to live, as God intended, through revelation. This is the only way God meant for the entire human race to function in relationship to Him. Everything else is enmity with God.