“Is life a glorified Monopoly game? When you die, is everything just going back in the box?” Dr. Frank Turck, www.crossexamined.org. Life is not about religion, it’s about truth.
- What is objective truth?
- It relates to the object referred to.
- It corresponds with reality.
- It is telling it like it is.
- It is true even if no one believes it.
- Jesus and the Bible claim to be objective truths.
“Truth is true – even if no one knows it. Truth is true – even if no one admits it. Truth is true even if no one agrees what it is. Truth is true – even if no one follows it. Truth is true – even if no one but God grasps it slowly.” Paul Copan, Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
“Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is.” Sir Winston Churchill, www.quotations.about.com. Truth comes with a built-in check and balance. It is called the law of non-contradiction. It is a fundamental principle of thought, which clearly tells us, that opposite ideas cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense. As an example, you cannot both be dark and light outside at the same time. This law is self evident and undeniable. Having knowledge of this law becomes crucial to understanding that truth does exist and it is opposite is always falls.
A brief example. It is true that you are reading this article right now. You are the object of the statement. Therefore, it is true for everybody, everywhere that you are reading this article right now. The non-contradiction is that you are not reading it, which is obviously false. Contradictions in a statement render the claim falls. A majority of nonbelievers say, “Truth does not exist” and insist that is a true statement. That statement is obviously contradictory and thereby false.
How do we find truth? We can stumble across it or we can make a lucky guess. Generally, the three most popular methods of determining the truth are as follows:
- Our feelings, if it feels right and gives me purpose. Hope, peace of mind, it has to be the truth.
- Someone you trust believes that it is true, so therefore it must be.
- Evidence and consistency that best fits the situation would be the truth.
If you were asked which one of the above items you would pick to make a decision where truth is most important. When individuals are asked this question over 90% of them pick the third option. Then the strange “thinking” starts taking effect. When the same people are asked, do you believe in God, the people who picked choice number three suddenly chose one or two instead. It would appear that a great deal of people’s belief about God is not founded on actual evidence but on feelings.
There are followers in every belief who will claim to have found the ‘truth.’ So is one belief correct and the only way to God or do all roads lead to heaven? If we base our premise on subjective evidence such as feelings and personal experience, we will become confused because every faith has those who claim to have reached the eternal ‘truth.’ The only legitimate way to be reasonably sure our faith is placed in the truth is to examine the objective evidence ourselves, as we would with any major decisions. Objective evidence can be examined by everyone and does not change due to emotions, feelings or personal experience. An example of objective evidence would be scientific and historical facts.
Feelings are important (especially for ilLiberals: https://larrythecontrarian.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/debunking-illiberal-intellectual-dishonesty/ ) and can be useful when you have verifiable facts and more than one solid option but do not place them above facts. Every belief includes views about salvation and eternity so finding the truth about God is extremely important, and making a wise decision based on objective evidence is the only sensible decision.
Many people believe faith is more important than what they place their faith in, but they are wrong. The fact is- the object of a person’s faith is more important than the faith itself. Faith based on evidence is reasonable faith. So why would we rely on ‘blind’ faith to make one of the most important decisions in our lives – God’s existence, identity and our eternity? It only makes sense to check out the facts to see if your belief is supported by evidence. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines faith as “A firm belief in something for which there is no proof” but it does not say “for which there is no evidence.”
When we are confronted with a decision where we do not have one hundred percent proof, some kind of faith is very important. Therefore, it is essential to Christianity. Faith connects us to the salvation God is offering through grace; without faith it is impossible to be saved. However the Bible is speaking about faith placed in the truth, which it claims to be. The most sincere faith cannot change history (although some try) and it will not make a false belief about God true. I know I can find atheists who will try to prove that the Greek gods Zeus and Apollo , or the Flying Spaghetti Monster is as real and valid as God, if they are not real, not even sincere faith will make them true. But idiotic imbecilic moronic attempts will continue to be made by them.
Stay tuned for part two