Wednesday, 06 April 2011
There is such thing as truth. It is real. Truth does exist. How do I know this? Because the phrase "There is no such thing as truth" doesn't work. It's a contradiction. If that statement is true, then you've just asserted truth!
"Wait, hold on a second," the skeptic might say. "I do believe truth exists. It just depends on what kind of truth you're talking about. Are you talking about subjective truth or absolute truth? It's absolute truth that doesn't exist. There are no absolutes."
Okay, let's try it your way: "There is no such thing as absolute truth." Nope, that doesn't work either. If that statement is absolutely true, you're still contradicting yourself. In fact, to say that truth is absolute is redundant. If something is true, it's absolutely true.
If you say the truth is relative, it may be because you don't want to face the truth. Who wants to be told they're wrong, right? So you push some convoluted definition of tolerance: "What's true for you is not necessarily true for me. You believe what you want to believe and I'll believe what I want to believe, and we can both be right!" Sorry, it doesn't work that way.
Say you and I were sitting on a bench having this conversation about truth and someone came up to us and asked, "Which way is east?" If I pointed east and you pointed north, you're wrong. It doesn't matter how much you believe your direction is the right answer. It ain't east!
Then let's say you go on a rant about how east is relative: "Well, the names that we have for our directions are really pretty arbitrary. What I call east you might call something else in another language. You could be from a culture where your east is actually west and your north is south. You might perceive the globe upside down or sideways. Who's to say that the poles really run top to bottom and not side to side?"
As you ramble on, the only thing you've managed to convince this person is that you're lost. Then they'll look at me and say, "So east is that way, you say?" See, no one really wants a relative answer. They want the truth!
You might say truth is relative but you don't really believe that. When you come up to a red light, you stop and you expect everyone else to obey the rules. When the light is green, you'll drive through safely with little concern that anyone is going to plow into the side of you. It doesn't matter whether or not you are aware of the rules about traffic lights. If you violate the rules, you'll face the consequences -- even deadly consequences.
Regarding the question of what comes after this life, doing your own thing or believing the wrong thing could have eternal consequences. "Eternity is long, don't be wrong," as the saying goes. So it's vitally important to search for and know the right answer.
Jesus came to show us the truth. I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I know that I am saved for all eternity because I've put my faith in Him. It is a logical and reasonable belief supported by solid truth. Anything else that violates this truth is a lie.
The truth is real. It does exist and you can know what it is. Seek the truth with all your heart, and you will find it. Your life depends on it.
John 3:21 "Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God."
Do you think truth is sometimes relative, or is there an absolute truth? What is that absolute truth? If Jesus Christ is the absolute truth, what gives you the faith to believe that?