Why We Should Never Discount Faith In Seeking The Truth

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Do not lose faith in the Lord all because you got carried away with your philosophy courses. It is natural for a growing mind to tend to stick with what makes sense rather than accept an idea that almost seems like a leap of faith, but remember that while we all want to get to the absolute right answer, we use different frameworks. The most common framework is logic, and it branches into many of the fields that have made the world as it is now: science, mathematics, and even philosophy. It is only natural to question the existence of God using philosophy as a framework, but there are many other frameworks, and faith is one of them. Some things in life require using more than one framework to get to the right answer. Ergo, sometimes you need both faith and logic. A true Christian, contrary to popular belief, is not a dumb individual who solely relies on faith, but it is the existence of our faith with our logic that often makes us stand out in the crowd. Unfortunately, with this comes the cost of Christians looking like dumb people relying on faith alone when logic is saturated.

We may think that logic alone is enough to fulfill us, but we as Christians have seen secular people with gaps in their lives. Some philosophers may think that we have merely secularized badly, and that the fulfillment we get out of faith can be replaced by something philosophical if we can just find the right words to say. This idea springs from the notion that if we were to picture a Venn Diagram of two circles, with logic on the left side and faith on the right, that somehow philosophy, a byproduct of logic, can fill the gap on the right side seeing that some of the things explained by faith can be explained by logic, just as some of the logical things can be explained by faith as represented by the intersection. Unfortunately, this is a fallacy. The power of philosophy ends upon the edges of the left circle, and if something in life can only be answered by using the two circles, then the people who choose to live without faith and rely only on logic will miss out on some of the greatest wisdom that we could have attained had our logic been blended with faith.

In a TED Talk I once watched called Militant Atheism by Richard Dawkins, he said “not only is science corrosive to religion, but religion is corrosive to science”. He criticizes religion for some of the things that are considered “holy” that may not be questioned “just because”. What he fails to understand is that we are called upon to obey the Lord, not to understand Him. He has no obligation to explain Himself, nor do we have a right to demand an answer from Him, but it is only natural for humans to be curious. I know that there is an answer to this, but I am limited by mind as I am a mere 20-year old student seeking to grow my relationship with the Lord.

I do know this: it is more illogical to accept that the universe was made from a single element that expanded out of pure chance, that for some reason, a man’s genitals fit a woman’s, our mouths were made to swallow food and our insides to process it, trees to exhale the air we inhale, and we exhale the air the trees inhale than it is illogical to believe in a creator. If in the 21st century, we are able to develop things we wouldn’t even dream of before: broccoli, anti-cancer drugs, weapons of mass destruction (however frightening), nuclear energy, animal crossbreeding, and many others, all of which apply a process called ID or “Intelligent Design”, then what more of the world that is much more complicated?

Obviously, there is a creator, and that is not a statement I make out of convenience. It makes sense. How we identify that creator, that intelligent architect, is what makes religion so divided. Nonetheless, to say that religion does not make sense or is wrong is already a stretch, even from someone completely logical. Nevertheless, even Stephen Hawking’s theory of the universe in his book “A Brief History of Time” does not really destroy Christianity. If anything, it merely proves how logic alone is bounded to be unable to answer some questions about the universe. Of course, all this does nothing to satisfy the truly curious. How then do we describe the Creator? To try and answer that question using logic alone will lead to futility. If we were to use both faith and logic, then perhaps, by some tiny chance, we may just get to answer one of the world’s biggest questions.

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32 Comments on “Why We Should Never Discount Faith In Seeking The Truth”

  1. I respect all beliefs and religions. If you believe in a creator, with intelligent design…so be it ! If you do not believe in any creator…but believe in the “Big Bang” theory…so be it !

    What I do not like with organized religion is: they are no more than cults…you do this…you do that…or you go to hell ! You follow us…you go to heaven !

    In the Islamic Radical (ISIS, Al Queda) cult. To kill/murder an infidel (non believer)…is following the will of Allah. To be a suicide bomber, killing many infidels. You become a martyr; and will have 72 virgins, as your reward. With 72 mansions in heaven .

    I believe that most of the organized religions are scams. Followers follow them blindly; contribute money; while believing something , they cannot see…and hoping something, that they hope to exist…

    I believe in God, a creator…but I don’t believe in Organized Religions !

  2. “… criticizes religion for some of the things that are considered “holy” that may not be questioned “just because”. What he fails to understand is that we are called upon to obey the lord, not to understand him. He has no obligation to explain himself, nor do we have a right to demand an answer from him, …”.

    Isnt that the most extreme form of corruption and blackmail?

    1. It may be corruption to you, but a duty/martyrdoom to some. Look at how many suicide bombers are willing to sacrifice their lives, to gain martyrdom, with 72 virgins , as rewards.

      I cannot even understand, if this is
      extreme corruption and blackmail; or extreme insanity. My only question is : why such people become robots in the name of a God? Some of those of those suicide bombers, or shooters, who shoot people , until they are shot dead, are intelligent and educated people…this , I cannot understand in our present time !

      1. I believe in a Supreme being who gave us wisdom to know what is good and what is evil. It is not the religion imposed by humans who creates an ugly picture of God for the sake of their religion, I find it unlikely to see a religious sect not in conflict with another, most of the time are using God and religion for greed and power and control. That is why some religious sect are forcing their members to vote in solidarity for a particular party, To gain advantage of power and control the masses, christian sects who will allow people to be martyrd for the sake of sinners, but allows criminals to kill, At the same time will ask donations from criminals to help the poor. But in reality it is meant to maintain an establishment to destroy the poor.

      2. Toro,
        I think I worded myself in a somewhat half-baked way.

        What I meant to say is that we should and must question (and doubt) everything. So also that thing that many people call god. Not bec I am an atheist but bec I am a human being. The day I stop questioning things (and stop questioning people) is the day I should and must stop living.
        Not questioning and not doubting that thing (called god) makes people perceivable for corruption, blackmail and lies.
        When I am talking about that thing, it also includes all representatives of that thing (pope, vatican city, priests, cardinals and the bunch).

        I think Mr. Santos changed his GRP profile. In an earlier article it said in his profile he was an under-graduate. We can add to that an being an under-achiever.

        1. @Robert Haighton:

          I never thought you are somewhat half baked. I believe, you are an intelligent person.

          Whatever your belief, I respect it. Whatever you think to be true…it is your truth.

          The food to you, may be poison to me. We have our individual differences. We have our own beliefs…we have our own realities. We perceived things differently…because we are just humans !

        2. Hyden,
          I dont want you to respect my belief. Why not? It will stop you from being critical towards me and my belief. And ergo, our relationship will be and is shallow.
          If I believe and worship a chair then I want you to say that that is insane, stupid. It will make myself look like a fool and be a fool. So in that aspect you actually dont have to tell me that I am insane. I know it myself.

          We have a much higher standard of the word respect.
          I have to earn and deserve it based on personal achievements. Believing and worshipping a chair doens’t constitute respect at all.

          All human beings are born with ‘tabula rasa’. That means our brains and mind is empty. Our minds and brains have to be filled. And the first who will do that are our parents. In that aspect, religion and being religious is something indoctrinated. What is one of the first things that happened to you? You were baptised, you were circumcized and all other customs/traditions belonging to a religion.
          Because all your other family members, your friends, collegues, class mates have gone through the same regimen, its obvious you are unable to look outside the box and leave your comfort zone.

          I still can remember my first online encounter with pinays (2009). They all stated in unison: ‘don’t change me’ and ‘I am god-fearing’.
          I rest my case.

  3. Isnt that the most extreme form of corruption and blackmail?

    No, it isn’t.

    Sorry, but I don’t agree w/this

    That is irrelevant. What is relevant is that you are able to grasp to logic behind the belief in a creator.

    Sadly, for atheists like Dawkins, they cannot.

    1. @Robert Haighton:

      If you worship a chair…it is your problem, not mine. There are people who worship: Satan the Devil. The Devil is their God. There are people who worship nature. The Japanese people, before World War II, worship their Japanese Emperor, as their living God. The Kamikaze pilots, were willing to die for their Emperor God.

      Whatever you worship, I don’t mind it…there may be reasons, why you worship such God; reasons, that I don’t know.

      If a chair is your God.. I will not laugh at you. And, I will mind my own business !

      1. Hyden,

        (note: when I use the word ‘you’, I dont mean you personally but just any, every strict religious person).

        Wouldnt it be stretching to worship a chair? It gives me not much. I can sit on it; I can stand on it and I can chop it up into pieces and use it to make a fire. That is how far my creativity goes when it comes to a chair.

        If I am not mistaken, in each and every Thai household there is a picture of the king of Thailand. That is really sick.

        In a proverbial way, I am my own god. I believe in myself. And for each (stupid) mistake I will not forgive myself. Harsh? Yes, maybe but thats the only way to improve and not making that smae (stupid) mistake again (and other mistakes for that matter).

        You are lucky. You go to a confession booth and a priest will forgive you (on behalf of god. Does the priest have a hot line with god?). And then you can make the same mistake again and then go to the confession booth again.

        1. @Robert Haighton:

          i don’t know about confessions , or anything, related to that sacrament. Ask a Roman Catholic Priest, or any of those going to Roman Catholic confession. They can clarify, what you are asking me…

          With regards to yourself, as God. I have no complain on that. Only, I am confused. How do you pray to yourself ? You go infront of a mirror? Then, ask for favor or graces to yourself?

          We do not know yet, why faith works to some; and faith does not work to some…

          I believe in a Creator , God, who created everything. However, I do not believe in Organized Religions. Most of them are scams…

          Whatever your belief: atheist, agnostics, superstitious, herbolario, dwendes, believer in organized religion, etc…I respect you, not of your belief, but as a fellow human being on this Planet Earth !

        2. Hyden,
          let me tell you a real event that I experienced myself.
          When my pinay GF introduced me to her best male friend, the first thing he said was that he respected me for coming over to the Philippines (or something to that matter).
          Then I told him, what if I am child-molester, would you still respect me? After that he was quiet for the remainder of the meeting.
          Mind you, he is a corporate lawyer. Mostly they are not the quiet types.

          Moral of the story: Wait till you really know somebody before you make such huge statements.

          Atheists dont pray, Hyden. In everything I do, I use my brains, logic and common sense. When I need to solve a – business – problem, I will look at all possible angles to find the solution to solve the problem. A bible only gives me one solution and only by looking at the problem from one angle. I cant afford to look at any problem in that way.
          Hence, a bible (religion if you will) limits my options.

          Lets take an example:
          “go and multiply” (I am not sure if that is the exact line but I am sure you know what I mean).
          Now can I quite after having 1 kid; can I quite after having 5 kids or do I need to reproduce myself endlessly?
          Or is it possible to say “dear god, my health leaves to be desired, the company I work for is about to go bust; I dont know if I will be the perfect father for my kid. Dear god, I live in a war-zone, I live in a country that is prone to typhoons, so the future of my kid(s) will not be stable. So dear god, if you are okay, I will take a rain check on your demand for multiplying”.

          As you can see, Hyden, I am only interested in the fact that my kids will have a bright future. And that I only can provide that when I am healthy, have a stable job and when the country I live in, is at peace and without natural disasters. If even one fails, then I wont procreate.
          So the decision to procreate is made by me (and my partner) and only with the interest, well-being and well-fare of my future kids.
          That for me is common sense, logic and brains.

          I just wonder how you will get about to make such a decision. Follow blindly? Or the sensible approach?

  4. Jesus for president.

    >wipe out corruption and crime by sacrificing their children
    >build a wall to keep the sinners out
    >impregnate women without sex so it’s not rape

    inb4 shitstorm

  5. God IS NOT EQUAL to Bible (or whatever holy book) IS NOT EQUAL to Christianity (or whatever religion).

    Religion is mostly a matter of where you are born. If you are born in Saudi, most likely you are Muslim. If you are born around Commonwealth Ave. (especially between those two palace-like churches), then you are most likely INC. If you are born in the Iron Islands, surely you worship the Drowned God.

    Organized religion is a tool for control. Why is it wrong to ask a question? It is illogical not to ask questions. The power to formulate questions is one of the gifts that separates man from animals.

    I leave GRP this quote: Religion is like a penis, it’s fine to have one and be proud of it. However, please do not pull it out on public, do not force it to children, do not write laws with it, and do not think with it.

  6. Instead of this drivel of an article, i suggest to promote secularism. Do not push your faith on those who do not want it. Common courtesy, doesnt your bible teach that?
    Oh i forgot, it also says you must spread the word and witness and shit. Well, some people just dont want it.
    and you cannot say “richard dawkins fails to understand” because he simply does not believe in god, therefore you cannot use your faith as basis of disproving him. nor can you use the bible or any piece of scripture or even what the pope says. if what i say makes sense, you are probably open-minded enough. if not, well, kindly preach somewhere else please. we have enough jehova’s witnesses and mormons running around peddling their beliefs.

    1. What I don’t get with Bible thumpers is their insistence that their faith is not a religion. It’s a religion because you believe in a God. Why? Does religion have such a negative connotation that you want to run from the truth and label yourselves something else to show you are better than them? Saying things like “it’s about your relationship with God” is the same as being secular. Keep it to yourself and no harm–verbal or physical–needs to be done. Don’t show off.

      Laïcité

  7. I think the fundamental question that needs to be answered first is, “What is faith?” This needs to be elaborated first because the average atheist will never accept the idea of authoritarianism from blind faith.

    1. I think the term leap of faith is the innate truth of understanding something that there is a creative force responsible beyond the human dimension. Atheist can’t simply reconcile the truth because the belief in God needs faith, faith can only give substance to what is true and what is false, it is that in order to make an apple pie from scratch, one must have invented the universe. The question of proving God, one must ask first who invented science.

    2. Totally unnecessary if you ask me.
      Why? because the debate will be endless. And pointless. Each will be deadlocked in trying to out-ass each other. in the end we’ll just end up frustrated and with wasted time. that’s why secularism is the answer: your faith, wall, my beliefs, end of story. leave it on that. Do something more worthwhile, productive than rave on a subject neither side could prove or disprove.

  8. Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every human being, as the quest for truth is the true purpose of living. We are given an entire lifetime to collect and assemble truths. Truths are acquired only when we learn to filter all information, including those valuable lessons and insights gained from our own personal experiences, through our conscience. And as we near death, the knowledge in our hearts at the end must match the knowledge which was put in our hearts in the very beginning. All else is irrelevant.

  9. Vladimir,

    The problem with faith is how its followers interpret their creator’s message. Religion has divided every society in the world, big or small. It is the reason people in the Middle East are dying. It is one of the reasons Americans from the deep south justified slavery even after the thirteenth amendment was signed into law; therefore, keeping the whole issue of racism as heated as ever up to this day. It is the reason corruption is rampant in the Roman Catholic church and Iglesia ni Cristo due to their misuse of funds. The insecurity of individuals who hail from any faith (theist or atheist or agnostic or whatever) on trying to change others’ belief system is the trap. Why do we insist on forcing our beliefs into theirs? It’s complicated.

    For starters, the muslim immigrants to the west are hated for their lack of assimilation to Western culture. On the flip side, muslim extremists hate the West because they won’t accept Sharia law or their version of Islam. Why? Why are we so fixated on having more people give in to our belief system? Insecurity. We are insecure to the point that we need people in our lives who share the same things we enjoy. We are social creatures, as some psychologists might say, but there comes a time when you realize being alone is preferable.

    It’s funny how we continue to search for the ‘truth’ when it’s apparent that we are simply making a fool of ourselves trying to prove each other wrong. I consider myself secular; I was born Catholic but I was not strictly raised as such. I do not agree with all its teachings. Heck, I’m even questioning the plausibility of the afterlife. I live my life the way I want to and I never bothered other people to do the same. In all my time being at odds with my colleagues because of my religious beliefs, all I ever understood was fighting over the ‘truth’ was the same as young children fighting over the last candy bar. If there is one thing religious extremists have one thing in common is that they are grown men pretending to be adults.

    That being said, not everybody is interested in theology. Not everybody is interesting pursuing the ‘truth’. Some people just want to live their lives fully. Others want to follow the path of their God because circumstances brought them to that road. The world is never fair. What works for you won’t work for others. It’s all about respecting others’ beliefs and them respecting yours–yes, this goes to any migrant who wants to settle in a foreign country where their laws and values are in conflict with yours.

  10. I have to agree that insecure people try to proselytize other people with their beliefs. I have no organized religion but have been to ‘Catholic’ Philippines a number of times. No one there has ever tried to impose their doctrine on me. On this site the most militant, insecure people are the atheists and agnostics, who try to shove their beliefs down others’ throats. Insecure people try to control other people and it is as if the atheists ‘need’ others to have the same view.

    As I stated in a recent post atheists and agnostics are very religious. Their religion is government. They worship big government like it’s a god and worship their god-like politician saints to the point of insane idolotry. Their media outlets, full of redundant brainwashing, fill them with lies, which is their scripture. They go to political conventions and grovel, scream with joy and cry tears over their political gods’ words and appearances. These agnostic worshippers have no spine; they follow their irreligious, political gods ( In the U. S., Obama, Clinton, Bush) and defend them no matter what they do. The lack of rationale they exhibit is the same as that which they criticize in religion. They have little individuality, no intrinsic desire for freedom, and love submitting to the orders of their big government god.

    People need to develop inner-strength and stop trying to control others.

  11. “to one who has faith, no explanation is necessary;
    to one without faith, no explanation is (ever) possible.” – St Thomas Aquinas

    but it all begins with a search for truth, and an open mind helps more than a closed one.

    “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” – G.K. Chesterton

    another hindrance in the search for truth is that most people seem quite satisfied in living a superficial life, even right up to the end,
    and never seem to want to answer such eternal questions as Paul Gauguin’s
    “WHO ARE WE, WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHERE ARE WE GOING?” (his famous triptych).

    Then of course there is the matter of invincible ignorance, something that infested the wise and learned in the time of Christ, but not the simple.
    They were such clever folks that no miracle ever convinced them, no word ever persuaded them, no love ever moved them.

  12. Any assumption requires faith, but religion shouldn’t be a hurdle to let one realize greater truths not justified by religions.
    Religions can serve a purpose but we must remember they are administered by men with weaknesses of their own in the same way that scientism has its flaws. Perhaps we need a refinement both in our theist and philosophical/logical inclinations. Who is to say logic and faith cannot work together.
    Could they not be complementary? After all, both concepts exist in our relatively common reality. It’s time we overcome dualistic thinking.
    You don’t actually believe a savior will literally come back to our recue do you? The “saving” may be upon higher justice independent of whether we submit to one exclusive faith. Would not a supreme entity be aware of our limits and incapacities that it would leave out those who (by choice or not) don’t join religions? I’d say a superior one would be beyond that.

  13. When someone says that truth is relative, what he normally means is that there is no absolute truth. Some things may appear true to you but not true to me. If you believe it, it is true for you. If I don’t believe it, it is not true for me. When people say things like “that’s fine if God exists for you, but He doesn’t exist for me,” they are expressing the popular belief that truth is relative.

    The whole concept of “relative truth” sounds tolerant and open-minded. However, upon closer analysis, it is not open-minded at all. In essence, to say that “God exists for you but not for me” is to say that the other person’s concept of God is wrong. It passes judgment. But no one really believes that all truth is relative. No sane person says, “Gravity works for you, but not for me,” and proceeds to jump off tall buildings believing no harm will follow.

    The statement “truth is relative” is, in fact, a self-refuting statement. In saying, “Truth is relative,” one states a purported truth. But, if all truth is relative, then that statement itself is relative as well—which means we can’t trust it to be true all the time.

    Certainly, there are some statements that are relative. For example, “the Ford Mustang is the coolest car ever made” is a relative statement. A car enthusiast may think this to be true, but there is no absolute standard by which to measure “coolness.” It is simply one’s belief or opinion. However, the statement “there is a red Ford Mustang parked outside in the driveway, and it belongs to me” is not relative. It is either true or false, based on objective reality. If the Mustang in the driveway is blue (not red), the statement is false. If the red Mustang in the driveway belongs to someone else, the statement is false—it does not match reality.

    Generally speaking, opinions are relative. Many people relegate any question of God or religion to the realm of opinion. “You prefer Jesus—that’s fine if it works for you.” What Christians say (and the Bible teaches) is that truth is not relative, regardless of the subject matter. There is an objective spiritual reality, just as there is an objective physical reality. God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6); Jesus likened His teachings to a solid, immovable rock (Matthew 7:24). Jesus is the only way of salvation, and this is absolutely true for every person at all times (John 14:6). Just like people need to breathe in order to live, people need to be born again through faith in Christ to experience spiritual life (John 3:3).

  14. “Is there such a thing as absolute truth / universal truth?”

    In order to understand absolute or universal truth, we must begin by defining truth. Truth, according to the dictionary, is “conformity to fact or actuality; a statement proven to be or accepted as true.” Some people would say that there is no true reality, only perceptions and opinions. Others would argue that there must be some absolute reality or truth.

    One view says that there are no absolutes that define reality. Those who hold this view believe everything is relative to something else, and thus there can be no actual reality. Because of that, there are ultimately no moral absolutes, no authority for deciding if an action is positive or negative, right or wrong. This view leads to “situational ethics,” the belief that what is right or wrong is relative to the situation. There is no right or wrong; therefore, whatever feels or seems right at the time and in that situation is right. Of course, situational ethics leads to a subjective, “whatever feels good” mentality and lifestyle, which has a devastating effect on society and individuals. This is postmodernism, creating a society that regards all values, beliefs, lifestyles, and truth claims as equally valid.

    The other view holds that there are indeed absolute realities and standards that define what is true and what is not. Therefore, actions can be determined to be either right or wrong by how they measure up to those absolute standards. If there are no absolutes, no reality, chaos ensues. Take the law of gravity, for instance. If it were not an absolute, we could not be certain we could stand or sit in one place until we decided to move. Or if two plus two did not always equal four, the effects on civilization would be disastrous. Laws of science and physics would be irrelevant, and commerce would be impossible. What a mess that would be! Thankfully, two plus two does equal four. There is absolute truth, and it can be found and understood.

    To make the statement that there is no absolute truth is illogical. Yet, today, many people are embracing a cultural relativism that denies any type of absolute truth. A good question to ask people who say, “There is no absolute truth” is this: “Are you absolutely sure of that?” If they say “yes,” they have made an absolute statement—which itself implies the existence of absolutes. They are saying that the very fact there is no absolute truth is the one and only absolute truth.

    Beside the problem of self-contradiction, there are several other logical problems one must overcome to believe that there are no absolute or universal truths. One is that all humans have limited knowledge and finite minds and, therefore, cannot logically make absolute negative statements. A person cannot logically say, “There is no God” (even though many do so), because, in order to make such a statement, he would need to have absolute knowledge of the entire universe from beginning to end. Since that is impossible, the most anyone can logically say is “With the limited knowledge I have, I do not believe there is a God.”

    Another problem with the denial of absolute truth/universal truth is that it fails to live up to what we know to be true in our own consciences, our own experiences, and what we see in the real world. If there is no such thing as absolute truth, then there is nothing ultimately right or wrong about anything. What might be “right” for you does not mean it is “right” for me. While on the surface this type of relativism seems to be appealing, what it means is that everybody sets his own rules to live by and does what he thinks is right. Inevitably, one person’s sense of right will soon clash with another’s. What happens if it is “right” for me to ignore traffic lights, even when they are red? I put many lives at risk. Or I might think it is right to steal from you, and you might think it is not right. Clearly, our standards of right and wrong are in conflict. If there is no absolute truth, no standard of right and wrong that we are all accountable to, then we can never be sure of anything. People would be free to do whatever they want—murder, rape, steal, lie, cheat, etc., and no one could say those things would be wrong. There could be no government, no laws, and no justice, because one could not even say that the majority of the people have the right to make and enforce standards upon the minority. A world without absolutes would be the most horrible world imaginable.

    From a spiritual standpoint, this type of relativism results in religious confusion, with no one true religion and no way of having a right relationship with God. All religions would therefore be false because they all make absolute claims regarding the afterlife. It is not uncommon today for people to believe that two diametrically opposed religions could both be equally “true,” even though both religions claim to have the only way to heaven or teach two totally opposite “truths.” People who do not believe in absolute truth ignore these claims and embrace a more tolerant universalism that teaches all religions are equal and all roads lead to heaven. People who embrace this worldview vehemently oppose evangelical Christians who believe the Bible when it says that Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life” and that He is the ultimate manifestation of truth and the only way one can get to heaven (John 14:6).

    Tolerance has become the one cardinal virtue of the postmodern society, the one absolute, and, therefore, intolerance is the only evil. Any dogmatic belief—especially a belief in absolute truth—is viewed as intolerance, the ultimate sin. Those who deny absolute truth will often say that it is all right to believe what you want, as long as you do not try to impose your beliefs on others. But this view itself is a belief about what is right and wrong, and those who hold this view most definitely do try to impose it on others. They set up a standard of behavior which they insist others follow, thereby violating the very thing they claim to uphold—another self-contradicting position. Those who hold such a belief simply do not want to be accountable for their actions. If there is absolute truth, then there are absolute standards of right and wrong, and we are accountable to those standards. This accountability is what people are really rejecting when they reject absolute truth.

    The denial of absolute truth/universal truth and the cultural relativism that comes with it are the logical result of a society that has embraced the theory of evolution as the explanation for life. If naturalistic evolution is true, then life has no meaning, we have no purpose, and there cannot be any absolute right or wrong. Man is then free to live as he pleases and is accountable to no one for his actions. Yet no matter how much sinful men deny the existence of God and absolute truth, they still will someday stand before Him in judgment. The Bible declares that “…what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:19-22).

    Is there any evidence for the existence of absolute truth? Yes. First, there is the human conscience, that certain “something” within us that tells us the world should be a certain way, that some things are right and some are wrong. Our conscience convinces us there is something wrong with suffering, starvation, rape, pain, and evil, and it makes us aware that love, generosity, compassion, and peace are positive things for which we should strive. This is universally true in all cultures in all times. The Bible describes the role of the human conscience in Romans 2:14-16: “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them. This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”

    The second evidence for the existence of absolute truth is science. Science is simply the pursuit of knowledge, the study of what we know and the quest to know more. Therefore, all scientific study must by necessity be founded upon the belief that there are objective realities existing in the world and these realities can be discovered and proven. Without absolutes, what would there be to study? How could one know that the findings of science are real? In fact, the very laws of science are founded on the existence of absolute truth.

    The third evidence for the existence of absolute truth/universal truth is religion. All the religions of the world attempt to give meaning and definition to life. They are born out of mankind’s desire for something more than simple existence. Through religion, humans seek God, hope for the future, forgiveness of sins, peace in the midst of struggle, and answers to our deepest questions. Religion is really evidence that mankind is more than just a highly evolved animal. It is evidence of a higher purpose and of the existence of a personal and purposeful Creator who implanted in man the desire to know Him. And if there is indeed a Creator, then He becomes the standard for absolute truth, and it is His authority that establishes that truth.

    Fortunately, there is such a Creator, and He has revealed His truth to us through His Word, the Bible. Knowing absolute truth/universal truth is only possible through a personal relationship with the One who claims to be the Truth—Jesus Christ. Jesus claimed to be the only way, the only truth, the only life and the only path to God (John 14:6). The fact that absolute truth does exist points us to the truth that there is a sovereign God who created the heavens and the earth and who has revealed Himself to us in order that we might know Him personally through His Son Jesus Christ. That is the absolute truth.

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