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What Is Truth?

Truth is what corresponds to reality and what matches the subject. Truth is telling it like it is, despite popular psychology or popular opinion. Our very beliefs, emotions, or feelings cannot change factual truths.

Isn’t it ironic that we are so willing to accept truth for all things; except religion, morality, and anything relating to God? We don’t want to be told what we can and cannot do. We want to decide our own methods of right and wrong. Ever since the beginning, this has been the fall of mankind (Genesis 3).

In the words of Frank Turek, “Our rejection of religious and moral truth is often on volitional rather than intellectual grounds - we just don’t want to be held accountable to any moral standards or religious doctrine. So we blindly accept the self-defeating truth claims of politically correct intellectuals who tell us that truth does not exist; everything is relative; there are no absolutes; it’s all a matter of opinion; you ought not judge; religion is about faith, not facts!”

Suppose someone were to shoot a child: Can we admit that the truth of that situation is objectively and absolutely wrong? Or is that subjectively wrong (which is to say that it is wrong to only some people, but for others it is okay because that is "their truth")? If you are on the subjective side, we have a lot to worry about! Of course there are such things as absolute/objective rights and absolute/objective wrongs. The Bible holds the truth behind what is right and what is wrong because it is God’s Word; and what God calls sin, is in fact sin. For each action of sin that is done, there is always a consequence.

No sin goes unpunished and works out for good. We just don’t like to accept God’s Word because, as St. Augustine once said, “We love truth when it enlightens us, but we hate it when it convicts us.” Isn’t that the truth!

Lance VanTine

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