Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? (John ch 18 – JKV)
The TRUTH depends on this: Was Jesus telling the TRUTH? Or was He a liar?
An atheist will say there isn't enough information to answer this properly and that it will depend on one's own opinion of what the TRUTH is...however the TRUTH is not effected by our opinion of what it needs to be, is it?
C.S. Lewis was an avowed atheist. He often enjoyed debates with J.R.R. Tolkien who spent many hours trying to convince his friend of the TRUTH about Jesus. One day while walking along with Tolkien , Lewis said he began the walk an atheist and doesn't know how it happened but by the end of that walk he was a Christian. Lewis in his book “Mere Christianity” states that many who do not believe Jesus is God will say that Jesus was a “good man” but then goes on to say that it would be impossible for Jesus to be a good man if He was not indeed God because the claims He made about Himself would have to be true for Him to be good because if they were false He then would be either a liar or a madman, and neither of those would be “good”.
The TRUTH stands not on what we want to believe, but on what IS.
If we want to believe the world is a flat plain which if we follow to it's outer extremity we might fall of the edge of it into an abyss such thinking would not change the TRUTH of it actually being a sphere. So it is with Jesus, and it is not up to Him to prove to us that He is who and what He says He is...it is up to us to discover the TRUTH and just as the evidence for a spherical earth is there to be discovered so it is with TRUTH, it is there to be discovered. The failure to discover the TRUTH is not a failure of the TRUTH, it is a failure on the part of the person(s) that for whatever reason block themselves from truly receiving it, whether it is because of pride, not wanting to let go of besetting sins, laziness, there are a number of reasons for such a failure. The Bible says we are without excuse. He has proven that TRUTH to be so in my life not because I desired it to be so, the TRUTH is what it is regardless of how I want it to be.
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 (KJV)
Either He told the TRUTH or He was lying, and it is up to us to fervently desire the TRUTH more than anything else in this world. If He is right (and I of course believe He is) who is to blame for your rejection of Him? Is He to blame for being honest? Or are you to blame for not believing Him?
If you want the TRUTH it is out there to be found, it is up to you to find it and not for it to find you...however He did promise that if you sincerely seek Him (and He knows who is sincere and who is just playing games) you will find the TRUTH and it will set you free of your delusions and the destiny of hell that we all actually deserve. His grace will free us from such a deserved fate. Bowing at the throne of grace is where the TRUTH can be found, by those who sincerely seek it (Him).