WHOSE TRUTH IS TRUE?

This article is adapted from Jason’s book The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions.

Several years ago, I was talking to a student about Jesus Christ. I remember sharing the gospel with him. Afterwards, he looked at me and said, “That’s all great and stuff, but that’s just your truth.”

After pouring through many proofs of Christianity, the student wasn’t fazed a bit. He thought all those “truths” about Jesus were pretty cool, but they didn’t apply to him.

POSTMODERNISM

This speaks to the growing movement of postmodernism. In point of fact, postmodernism has existed since the early days of mankind. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve rejected God’s absolute standard in exchange for their own selfish gain. Postmodernism not only questions propositional truth and authority, but goes as far as stating that truth is unknown.

This may seem accepting to some, but it’s a contradiction. Think about it. How do postmodernists know truth is unknowable? To say truth is unknown is to know something about truth. This is complete nonsense. It is undeniable that truth is knowable!

TRUTH

But in the midst of so many different religious beliefs, whose truth is true?

Christianity is all about “testing all things” to determine what is right and wrong (1 Thess. 5:21). However, to do so you must appeal to an absolute position, otherwise, there is nothing to base your findings on or draw concrete conclusions. Any meaningful statement must be true or false. It must be affirmable or deniable.

Ravi Zacharias posits three tests to which any statement or belief system must undergo. Those tests are (1) logical consistency, (2) empirical adequacy, and (3) experiential relevance. For a view to be logically consistent it must hold to the facts, otherwise it contradicts itself and is immediately tossed out. Additionally, if a view is logically consistent then it must hold to the standard of truth. Lastly, if the view is logically consistent and empirically adequate, then the viability of such a view can be lived out. Take for instance directions. It matters a great deal to have the correct directions to get to your destination. Furthermore, it matters that your doctor gives the right diagnosis to determine the right course of treatment.

Similarly, if following the right directions and treatments matter, how much more so when it comes to spiritual matters?

APPLICATION – sources linked below

Though our views or emotions of truth change—truth stays the same. Holding fast to God’s truth will bring you the greatest rewards and have the biggest impact to those around you. Don’t underestimate the influence of those who disregard absolute truth for something more alluring. Take the advice of John, “Test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 Jn. 4:1).

 

Bible References

Ps. 145:18; Matt. 7:15; Jn. 4:23-24; 8:32; Eph. 5:15-17; 1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Jn. 1:5-7; 4:1

YouTube

The One Minute Apologist Channel: Truth & Relativism (Dr. Norman Geisler)

Articles

probe.org – Truth: What It Is and Why We Can Know It

Books

Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Francis Beckwith & Greg Koukl)

Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All? (James Sire)

DVDs

The Truth Project (Focus on the Family)