Yesterday I put up a post online and got some interesting reactions ~
- If there is no such thing as truth, than there is no such thing as falsehood.
- If there is no such thing as falsehood then how can it be wrong for me to present to you the fact that there is such a thing as truth?
My goal here is not to set myself out as better or smarter than anyone else. Neither is it to put anyone on the spot, or engage in some philosophical argument and prove my point. My goal is to deal simply and honestly with the issues and questions that I myself face in life.
More specifically, the reason that I posted this, and intend to use it is not to actually try and get answer for the question, but rather to simply show people that Truth, is a category of the mind without which we can’t function. Everyone believes in some sort of foundational ultimate Truth, even if its faith in the Nonexistence of Truth. To truly and consistently hold to the argument of the nonexistence of truth is to embrace absurdity, and I have not yet met or read anyone that truly does that.
Once we admit the fact that we truly do believe in the existence of truth, than the second question is, “What is the foundation of your faith in this truth?”. Outside of biblical faith, the only faith that exists is faith in one’s own authority and autonomy. When compared side by side, it is evident that faith in the historical, objective testimony of the Bible is a more solid foundation that faith in one’s own subjective perspectives and opinions.
Everyone believes in some sort of truth. The problem is that we do not want to truly acknowledge that because it forces us to come to grips with a source of truth that is objective, and outside of us. The proud human heart wants to be the determiner of it’s own destiny and purpose; we all seek to define life the way that we want to define life. We all want to be the God of our own little universe.
There is one problem with that: we aren’t. We don’t have power to create when it comes to biology. We don’t have power to create when it comes to chemistry. We don’t have power to create when it comes to mathematics, physics, history, astronomy… All we can do is make a feeble attempt to understand the things that already are. What makes us think that when it comes to questions of the meaning and direction of life, we can simply break off of all those things and all of a sudden become the Creators of meaning for a universe that we cannot even begin to fathom? Where is the substantial foundation for such a bold step?
Paul writes in his letter to the church at Rome the following words regarding this unwillingness to come to grips with the truth about God and his supremacy:
“19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man…”
Later on, Paul continues to explain in this letter that, as one comes to understand the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (which is the overarching message of the whole Bible), they are faced with an objective presentation of God’s own perspective on life, meaning and existence. Many people dismiss the argument that the Bible presents without ever even making an attempt to understand it.
Personally, I have been challenged many times by this book, and myself have been proved wrong. Thus, I can no longer put my faith in my own opinion or authority. I can only put my faith and confidence in the Book which has conquered me time and time again and presents to me, a God who I cannot deny.