Monday, September 07, 2009

Absolute Truth

Whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you,, but if you try breaking one to him he will be complaining "it's not fair" before you can say Jack Robinson. It seems, then, we are forced to believe in a real Right and Wrong. People may sometimes be mistaken about them, just as people sometimes get their sums wrong; but they are not a matter of mere taste and opinion any more than the multiplication table." (C.S Lewis)

"There are no relativists who expect to be treated relatively" (Josh McDowell)

"It is impossible to arrive at an objective, universal, and constant standard of truth and morality without bringing God onto the stage. If an objective standard of truth and morality exists, it cannot be the product of a human mind (or it will not be objective); it must be the product of another Mind. If a constant and unchanging truth exists, it must reach beyond human timelines (or it would not be constant); it must be eternal. If a universial rule of right and wrong exists, it must transcend individual experience(or it would not be universal); it must be above us all. Yet, Absolute truth must be something or someone that is common to all humanity.

Those things-those requirements for a standard of truth and morality-are found only in one isGod's nature and character that defines truth. He defines what is right and wrong for all people, for all times, for all places. But truth is not something He decides, it is something he is."

The reason we think that there are such things as "fair" and "unfair" is because our Maker is a just God. The reason love is a virtue and hatred a vice is because the God who formed us is a God of love. The reason honesty is right and deciet is wrong is because God is true.

...It is not what I know, nor what you know that makes a thing wrong; it's what God is that makes it wrong

It is God alone who determines aboslute truth. Truth is objective because God exists outside ourselesves; it is universal because God is above all; it is constant becasue God is eternal. Abolsute truth is absolute because it originates from the original. Therefore when...anyeone acts immorally or unethically, they are not just offending another person's idea of truth, they are transgressing God's standard of morality...Right and wrong are not measured by our own standards, but by the nature and character of God himself.

Lying is wrong because God is true. Stealing is wrong because God is just. Hatred is wrong because God is love. These things are wrong, not because society or church frowns on them, but because they are contrary to the nature and character of God.

Ultimately, the truth does not reside in the commands, it resides in God. The truth would not cease being true if the Law were to disappear from the face of the earth, nor would it cease to be true if there were no humans to discern the principal-because the truth resides in the person of God Himself, who is eternal.