There was a great Procurator by the name of Pilate in the bible he asked Jesus what is the TRUTH? However he didn't stick around he walked away before Jesus could give him the answer.===============================Pilate saith unto him, ((((What is truth?)))) And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. (John 18:38 KJV). The truth can be defined in many ways. The truth about this or the truth about that and as they say in the judicial court system " Do you promise to tell the Truth the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth so help you God?" So now here's a definition of the truth==========================================- noun, pl. truths 1. the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth. 2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement. 3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths. 4. the state or character of being true. 5. actuality or actual existence. 6. an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude. 7. honesty; integrity; truthfulness. 8. ( often cap. ) ideal or fundamental reality apart from and transcending perceived experience: the basic truths of life. 9. agreement with a standard or original. 10. accuracy, as of position or adjustment. 11. Archaic. fidelity or constancy. -Idiom 12. in truth, in reality; in fact; actually: In truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire.
Simply, truth is a statement of what you know to be factual, based on accurate information.
Richard North Patterson postulated a situation in one of his novels where a woman was brought to trial on the testimony of a man who told the truth as he knew it. What he DIDN'T know was that he'd been lied to. So, although he didn't lie, he didn't tell the truth, either.
There's an old Sufi fable (which I'm about to paraphrase) that God once called an angel to him and handed him a crystal, saying, "This is the truth. Take it to Earth and give it to the people." As the angel descended he was attacked by a demon; the crystal fell and split into tiny shards. People who found one of the shards were delighted because they were able to say, "We have the truth." In fact, they only had part of it.
Climb aboard your magic carpet and fly across to Palestine. Ask any Palestinian the truth, then ask any Israeli. You'll get completely different stories, yet both believe they are telling the truth.
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Tough question. As has already been said, differing perceptions and opinions don't describe truth. 50% of the time eye witnesses can't accurately describe what they have just seen. The truth varies in degrees proportional to an observers ability to understand and communicate what stimuli they have been exposed to.
Truth is kind of like an energy source. For instance - a light bulb lights up when you turn on the switch. It is either on or not on, depending on the position of the switch.
But... if you use a dimmer switch, it is sometimes not as bright because the dimmer resists some off the flow of the energy to the light bulb. Truth is like that, because with humans, for one reason or another, some of the truths energy gets resisted. We end up with varying degrees of truth and light.
There is Absolute Truth that is Actual not factual. We find Absolute Truth deep within us when We search with all of our Heart, all of our Mind, all of our Understanding, and all of our Strength.
Truth is a just a word and a misleading concept. Some insist Truth is absolute, and others insist Truth is relative. Is it then an Absolute Truth that Truth Is Relative? Or is it Relatively True that Truth is Absolute? I have no idea. I think that both are self-contradicting statements, and therefore invalid (i.e., untrue!), but since it makes my teeth grind to go any further, it's all yours. I prefer the Sufi tale told earlier, plus another old (Hindu?) story of 6 blind men meeting an elephant for the first time and attempting to describe it. IMO "proving" something True is fairly impossible. It's better to try for "very likely according to current evidence" and not be too surprised if somebody refutes any or all parts of it.