What is Truth? What is God?
When a question like this is asked on TV, the best answers come from science fiction. Babylon 5 presented this answer through the character G’Kar:
If I take a lamp and shine toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding. Too often we assume the light on the wall is God, but the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the revelation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, sees nothing. What we perceive as God is the by-product of our search for God. It may simply be an appreciation of the light, pure and unblemished, not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes, we stand in front of the light and assume we are the center of the universe – God looks astonishingly like we do! – or we turn to look at our shadow and assume that all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose – which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty and all its flaws, and in so doing, better understand the world around us.
The writing for G’Kar rarely disappoints. For that, I will continue to suffer through season 5.