Truth is absolute!
Did you know Ratio Christi at Marshall University now has a podcast? It’s true! We are growing and one of the ways to reach more people is by Podcasting! Each week, we will post a podcast on Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, we will post a blog. The idea is to provide an overview of the blog on the Thursday podcast. And on Tuesday, we will answer question, reply to comments, and discuss the blog in depth! So, read the blog, listen to the podcast, and join the movement of defending the Truth of Christianity! Speaking of truth, what does truth have to do with blogs and podcasts? I am glad you ask!
One of the most profound and eternally significant questions in the Bible was posed by an unbeliever. Pilate—the man who handed Jesus over to be crucified—turned to Jesus in His final hour, and asked, “What is truth?”
It is absolutely true that most American adults do not believe that truth is absolute. They find it hard to believe that something can be true for all people, at all times, in all places. Postmodernism and relativism, are the two popular ideas against absolute, or objective, truth. However, the point here is to establish truth, absolute/objective truth exists.
3 theories of truth –
Correspondence – that which corresponds to reality
Coherence – a given statement is true if it coheres with or does not contradict any other statements within a set of statements that also coheres with each other. What is internally consistent!
Pragmatic – denies that we have truth when our statements about the world describe the world accurately. Basically, we cannot understand the world as it is.
We base our beliefs on the correspondence theory as it best fits the truth of Christianity. The truth of Christianity is a circumstantial case built on cumulative evidence.
Do you think Christianity is the only way? Do you feel it is arrogant or wrong to say so?
Today is not a politically correct topic! People like to talk about truth, but it seems they don’t like truth. Simply because someone believes something does not make it true and many don’t seem to care as long as it “works” for them. The dreaded judge not! Why do you think this is?
We want and expect truth from loved ones, doctor’s lawyer’s mechanics, books, news, road signs, medicine bottles, you name it. Money! But when it comes to our religion, or morals, suddenly it becomes an opinion or an interpretation? If truth does not exist, chaos ensues. “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof, but on the basis of what they find attractive.” Blaise Pascal
What is truth per scripture: Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. Even more to the point: Truth is the self-expression of God. That is the biblical meaning of truth. Because the definition of truth flows from God, truth is theological.
Truth is not relative but absolute…If something is true it is true for all people, at all times, and all places.
Let me give you some examples, or truths, about truth:
Truth is discovered not invented. It exists whether one has knowledge of it or not. Gravity existed, Newton discovered it.
Truth is transcultural: if something is true it is true for all people in all places at all times. 2+2=4 every time, everywhere for everyone.
Truth is unchanging even though our beliefs about truth change: the belief of the earth being flat; truth didn’t change just our belief. Beliefs cannot change a fact no matter how sincerely they are held. Someone can believe the earth is flat, yet it doesn’t make it so.
All truths are absolute truths. There are many examples of self-defeating statement concerning truth. A self-defeating statement fails to meet its own standard such as:
I can’t speak a word of English
There are no sentences longer than three words
So…Truth exists! It cannot be denied. If someone says truth does not exist, ask them if that statement is true?
People can believe whatever they so desire, but it is our job, if Christianity is true, to tell them they are wrong! Is what you believe true? How do you know?
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