Truth, what is it? Can it be found? Are there Objective Truths?

Truth, what is it? Can it be found? Are there Objective Truths?

Let’s begin answering this three-part question by defining truth. Truth is an assertion that can be proven through measurement. It is true, for example, that a cup can hold tea. We can prove the assertion by pouring tea into a cup and noting that it stays in the cup. Truth can also be an assertion or belief that cannot be falsified or one that is supported by a preponderance of evidence. Though no one living has seen or talked with Julius Caeser, we accept as true that he lived, ruled and was murdered because we have copies of writings of people who lived at the time of Caeser. In the same way, we know about Jesus of Nazareth because of the written and oral testimony of his contemporaries.

Finding truth can be a bit more complex especially as it relates to the great questions about life and death, why we can think and feel and love and communicate, and why the world is as it is. We’re going to present several ways that you can begin to understand some of the greatest truths in the universe. Let’s begin with nature.

God uses creation to reveal two basic truths: 1) that there is a God; and 2)that He is all powerful. In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul, an apostle of Jesus, wrote: “since 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 people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20). He’s saying that there any observer of nature can plainly see that only God–a brilliant designer and all-powerful builder could have created it. PauI also explained that some people chose not to accept this basic truth and will “[change] the truth of God into a lie.” Romans 1:18, 26. And for that, there will be harsh consequences.

Of course, the primary way to find God’s truth is by reading the Bible. However, God is a concealer as we learn from conveyor of wisdom who penned these words more than 2500 years ago: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” (Prov. 25:2) Why would he do that?  Typically, the truth is concealed from those persons who don’t want to listen to the truth and have hardened their hearts against it. For example, parables were used by Jesus, the Christ (Messiah or Anointed One) for the purpose of concealing truth and preventing understanding. (Matt. 13:13-15.) So, the best way to find truth is to allow the Holy Spirit to teach it to you.

The Holy Spirit will “guide” you into all truth. (John 15:26, 16:13 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father even the Spirit of truth …When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” His guidance is not only as to Biblical truth, but to all truth. If  something is true, he will reveal it to you as being true. If something is false, he will show you that it is not true. Quietly listening to this Holy Spirit, who dwells within those who are God’s children, often brings to mind the very truths for which we are searching.

Are there objective truths? Yes. Objective truth is factual. It matches up with reality. For example, the Bible explains the location of God’s temple at the time of Christ, to be in Jerusalem. That is factual. The law of gravity is objective Truth. It is not dependent on subjective opinion. There can only be one objective truth. It can’t be “your truth” vs. “my truth.” Subjective truth, on the other hand, is rooted in the opinions of each individual and therefore may not be truth at all.

For a believer who wants to know God’s truth, he or she should start with the Bible. The Bible is a collection of 66 documents or books written through the divine inspiration of God over the course of 1500 years and preserved and translated in most of the world’s languages. Asking the Holy Spirit to open up one’s spiritual eyes, a believer will discover that Bible contains wisdom for living and an understanding of the promise of eternal life with God once he or she experiences physical death.

A believer will discover that Biblical truth is best revealed when he or she:

1.) Is spiritually healthy with no unconfessed sin;

2.) Has, to the best of his or her ability, put aside evil practices, 1Peter 2:1-2; Eph. 4:31; and Col.3:8-9; 3.)

3.) Reads with a desire to do so in order to grow up spiritually, 1Tim. 2:1; the Bible is the believer’s spiritual food: bread (Matt. 4:4), apples (Prov. 25:11), honey (Ps.19:10), meat (Heb. 5:12) and milk (1Pet. 2:2) .

4.) Prays for understanding, Ps. 119:18, 34;

5.) Trusts God to give understanding, Prov. 22:17-21 “ … written to thee … that I might make known the certainty of the Words of truth.”

6.) Believes what is read, Ps.119:160;

7.) Approaches the Word with humility; 

8.) Does not try to change what is read; For example, don’t add words to the scripture, don’t leave out words, and stay in the context;

9.) Meditates on it, think on it, day and night, Ps. 1:2, Ps. 119:15; 10.) Study it, 2Tim. 2:15; and 11.) Find from the Word itself how to understand it;

a. By comparing spiritual ideas, 1Cor. 2:12-13;

b. By dividing the Word into separate parts for further understanding, 2Tim. 2:15;

c. By determining who is speaking; for example, in the Psalms we see David speaking for himself and then David switches to speaking for the Lord, Ps. 18:20, 22-25; and

d. By studying similitudes (similarities, likeness, resemblance), Hosea 12:10; by studying contrasts (differences), Amos 3:3 .

 God’s Truths are factual and match up with reality. Creation is one of the greatest truths of the Bible. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis1 and Romans 1:20) In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. In this case the Word refers to Jesus (John 1:1). Finally, Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life no one comes to the Father but by me.” Have you put your faith and trust in Jesus? If not, why not? He is the only way to eternal life and His Word is Truth, God’s Truth. Today is the day of decision .

Does Mankind have a Noble purpose or do we just exist?

Does Mankind have a Noble purpose or do we just exist?

Mankind was created in the image of God to rule the earth and to fulfill God’s plan of redemption for the human race. Mankind’s role in this plan seems to point to a noble purpose. There are many ways to answer this question and not everyone will agree with our response but it will cause everyone to think more seriously about why mankind is on planet Earth. So, this question will be answered in two parts in successive weeks to give the reader a broad perspective on the biblical concept of a noble purpose.

Mankind has been around a long time. There are signs in cave drawings, primitive rituals, cities that go back more than 12,000 years.Humans have been living in community for the most of our history, reaching beyond mere existence and survival. A lot of smart people including psychologists, philosophers, historians, theologians and just thoughtful people have affirmed that when we live life with a sense of purpose we are healthier, happier, have better relationships and are likely to be more successful.

So, is there a noble purpose for mankind? There are clues; in fact, an abundance of clues. In spite of many attempts to reduce faith in God to rules and rituals, at the heart of God’s self-disclosure is love. If God is love and if God’s self-disclosure is to encourage and support love, then we have discovered a significant clue about a noble purpose. If love is the basis for sustainable personal relationships, restorative justice, caring for those in need, family and community building, and transformational communication, then we have found a noble purpose that has deep roots, a long track record, and universal application that comes directly from the heart and mind of God.

Was the Biblical flood real?

Was the Biblical flood real?

It is no myth or just a story. Jesus referred to Noah as a real person and the Flood is a real event. We can totally rely on His words.

The Bible gives no specific date only a sequential chronological progression of the events of creation. One estimate as to when the flood occurred is about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. This dating is based on the likelihood that the first humans were placed in the Garden of Eden on earth somewhere around 30-40,000 years ago, long after the dinosaurs became extinct, perhaps 265 million years ago.

As to the extent of the Flood, the Bible states that it covered the earth, which to the population at that time would have been their known region. Humans at this time were concentrated in a very small geographic area in what is called today Mesopotamia. It is generally recognized that the Flood was universal to the entire human population at that time. Recent archaeological discoveries have discovered remnants of large settlements that are now underwater in the Persian Gulf. The entire geography of this area of the earth has changed greatly since the Flood.

Several years ago, Hollywood made a movie, Noah, that was loosely based on the Bible story. The movie is mostly fiction and should not be considered a true and literal following of the Bible events. Many, if not most, of the movie scenes are created solely for the viewers’ entertainment. Unfortunately, the portrayal of the various characters is totally distorted from the truth. The Bible does not describe in any detail character traits, other than being righteous, of Noah and his family. There are no quotes from Noah or his family in the Bible. All words and conversations in the movie are the total imagination of its producer.

It is clear from beginning to end that its writer, producer and director is an atheist that has no regard whatsoever for God, no respect for the Bible, Judaism, or Christianity. He has no respect for any organized religion that has a loving God as its foundation. Even the Muslim world has banned and condemned this movie. The movie is bursting with distortion after distortion about what the Bible teaches about GOD, animals, sin, and salvation.

The producer of the movie  Noah didn’t just add to and take away from the story of Noah, he rewrote, redefined, reversed good with evil, elevated animals above humans, gave rocks souls, he equated man with Jesus, and even elevated man higher than God making this movie fiction with blasphemy. We believe that any person seeing this film would leave the theater with a completely false understanding of Noah’s story.

For more information about the Flood, we strongly recommend visiting Reasons to Believe at, www.reasons.org and Hugh Ross’ book, Navigating Genesis 1-11.

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What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

These terms come up regularly in our secular world and distinguishing between them may be confusing. The dictionary definitions can be helpful, but don’t tell the whole story. An atheist doesn’t believe in the existence of God and generally dismisses the supernatural. By contrast, an agnostic is one who does not know if God exists and believes that some things, God, for example, are unknowable. In short, atheists are the ‘attack dogs’ targeting Christianity and other world religions while agnostics are generally passive resistors.

Because atheists believes positively that there is no GOD and there is nothing apart from what science can define and measure, they concludes that there is life on this earth and then nothing. Hence, if God does not exist, then there can be no divine or outside moral compass by which to live. They generally believe we humans are simply products of random chemical processes and natural selection, called the evolutionary theory.

The implications of this belief are far reaching, because atheists dismiss the notion that humans have a divine purpose for living or behaving. Each person, therefore, defines what is right and wrong in his own eyes.

Atheism is growing in popularity in America due to the influence of our liberal progressive culture and the aggressive tactics of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Evolutionary theory is being taught in schools and colleges as if it were absolutely true, and scientists who question its tenets are mocked and silenced. Many new books advancing evolutionary ideas end up on bestseller lists purporting to be scientifically based, but their content is often misleading and often advances disproven ideas. Evolutionary theory, that atheists use to “prove” that God doesn’t, ignores the fact that the hand of an intelligent designer is evident in virtually every living organism–plant or animal.

Atheists decide not to believe in God so in effect they can be their own god setting their own standards of morality and ‘hope’ that there is no judgment day. As such, for them men and women are not any better than the animals. They do not believe they are sinners in need of a savior. The joy of living in Christ is simply missing in their lives. So, they live experiencing temporary happiness but never find true peace, grace and unconditional love that only is found in a personal relationship with Christ.

On the other hand, agnostics say,  “I’m not sure whether there is a God or not.” Agnostics are generally looking and searching and can sometimes be open to discussions on the subjects of God and Faith.

How great it is to know Jesus the Savior and the certainty of eternal life. Do you know HIM? You can. Just ask. He is waiting for you. If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

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What is meant by Intelligent Design of nature?

What is meant by Intelligent Design of nature?

Intelligent design is the theory that there is a guiding force behind the creation of the universe and everything in it. The first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, posits a created universe. Subsequent verses describe the work of a creator who rationally designs the solar system, the earth, and all living flora and fauna. It provides a basis for understanding science, mathematics, genetics, and man’s ability to think and reason. Intelligent Design presupposes a designer and therefore suggests that there is a purpose to the creation. Since we’re talking about creating something out of nothing, the “intelligence” behind the design must be a transcendent being, one that is not made of the same matter of its creation. That transcendent being or intelligent designer is called God.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:1-10
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Do I have to choose between my Christian faith and what science teaches?

Do I have to choose between my Christian faith and what science teaches?

No, the Christian faith fits the scientific facts. Science now confirms that the intricacy and complexity of the design details in both the macro (cosmic) and micro (biological) Sciences point to an Intelligent Designer.  That designer is God.

Recent scientific discoveries demonstrate also that evolution could not have produced new life forms on planet Earth including humans. No matter how many eons of time one selects, the mathematical probability of evolution producing life forms is zero. 

Even though the universe came into being, the Big Bang, about 13.8 billion years ago and the earth about 4.8 billion years ago, in all that time, the extensive number of fossils discovered, including those in the Cambrian strata (billions upon billions of fossils), not a single transitional species was found. All fossil species appear distinct; that is no evolution. The foundation of the evolution theory is a gradual transition of species thru random probabilistic transition. This is the essence of the theory yet NOT ONE transitional species has ever been found where there should be billions if not trillions.

Remember this too. The older Earth age does not conflict with the Genesis seven days of creation because the Hebrew word for day, ‘ium’, has four possible meanings one of which is, “A long period of time,” which could be millions or billions of years. In other words, God took His time to get Earth ready.

Regarding evolution, one must keep in mind that evolution was a theory which is now a worldview masquerading as scientific fact. It is fundamentally the religion of atheists who reject the idea of God or even an intelligent designer and that a human being has an eternal soul. Why, so that atheists can be their own god, live life as they please, fabricate their own truth and believe that life ends at death with no Judgment Day and no eternal condemnation or punishment. In other words, a life with no hope, no meaning, and no purpose of any eternal value. In that worldview, human life has no value greater than the lives of animals. Despite overwhelming evidence, evolutionists say, “my mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the scientific facts or the idea of intelligent design by a Creator God.” So sad!!

So, choose faith and study more about how science supports the Genesis account of creation. While you are searching for truth, you will also discover God’s plan for your life. 

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