I can still remember the fateful day back in Bible college. I was just beginning my studies in philosophy and truly felt the desire to know the truth. It was then that I declared, out loud, “I want to know the truth no matter what the cost.”
Those were not empty words. I really meant them, and I still do. It is the one consistent rule of my life. But loving the truth means changing your mind as fast and as often as you have increasing knowledge on a subject. It means that you have to be alright with being wrong.
This is why I left Christianity. It is not the truth it claims to be. There is no evidence for a personal God, the Bible being the word of God, or an afterlife in heaven or hell. And Jesus is not the greatest teacher who ever lived. That honor has to go to the Buddha.
Truth is when what you believe to be the case is actually the case. And the only way to know whether what you believe matches reality is by the evidence for it. An evidence-based life is the only life for a lover of truth.