The definition of absolute truth
In general, absolute truth is whatever is always valid, regardless of parameters or context. The absolute in the term suggests one or more of: a quality of truth that cannot be exceeded; complete truth; unvarying and permanent truth. It can be contrasted to relative truth or truth in a more ordinary sense in which a degree of relativity is implied. In pure mathematics , however, there is said to be a proof for the existence of absolute truth. The logical proof of the statement, “There exists an absolute truth,” is almost trivial in its simplicity. Suppose we assert the reversal of the statement, that is, that there is no such thing as absolute truth. By making that assertion, we claim that the sentence “There exists no absolute truth” is absolutely true. The statement is self-contradictory, so its contradiction, “There exists an absolute truth,” is true.
This proof applies only to logic. It does not tell us whether any particular statement other than itself is true. It does not prove the existence (or non-existence) of God, the devil, heaven, hell, or little green people from another galaxy. In part by: Margaret Rouse
In fact, nearly three out of four Americans say there is no such thing as ultimate, or absolute, truth. And the numbers don’t look much better among those who claim to follow Jesus.
In a society where ultimate truth is treated like a fairy tale, an outdated idea or even an insult to human intelligence, the motto of the day becomes, “WHATEVER!” Believe whatever you want. Do whatever seems best to you. Live for whatever brings you pleasure, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. And of course, be tolerant. Don’t try to tell anyone that their whatever is wrong.
But where does that leave us? If we have ultimate truth, it gives us both a way to explain the world around us and a basis for making decisions. Without it, we’re alone. We’re just 7 billion organisms running around, bumping into each other with nothing unifying to work for or believe in. It’s every man for himself. And we’re without a purpose; if there’s no true story of where we came from and why we’re here, then there’s nothing that really gives our lives meaning. Sounds a little depressing, huh? And maybe frightening.
Examples of truth:
(1) In reality we only have to prove one thing is an absolute truth to establish the fact there is an absolute truth
Here are some absolute truths:
- There are religions on Earth
- Many of them have “scripture according to their belief
- Many worship one to thousands of gods
- They can all be wrong
- They can’t all be right
- There can’t be two which are absolutely true unless they are identical, which eliminates the concept of two different scriptures, it again becomes one.
- There can be some who have relative truth
- All religions may contain some truth but not be the absolute truth
There can only be one which is absolute truth if it exists.
These statements alone establish the fact that there are absolute truths, and therefore there is the opposite, that there are absolute lies out there as well.
Our goal: To be set free by knowing the truth, and following it and I can tell you now it will lead to the one true living God, through the one and only true book written by inspiration.
All we have to do is establish that one book, that one religion is absolutely true beyond a shadow of a doubt.
(2) Are there any truths outside the Scriptures? Yes, many. Truths about gravity, aerodynamics, photosynthesis, modern history and many other subjects which are never specifically addressed in the Bible. Yet we use them for explaining life and making decisions every day.
(3) These things are absolute truths, absolutely verifiable, and support that fact there is an absolute truth.
What does the Bible have to say about truth? Check this out:
“Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me.” (Psalm 40:11)
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11)
“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts [truths].” (Psalm 119:45)
“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” (Zechariah 8:16).
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6)
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13)
“[God’s] word is truth.” (John 17:17)
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” (Romans 1:18)
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6)
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.” (Ephesians 6:14)
And those are just a few. In fact, the word truth appears more than 200 times in the Bible! In addition, the Bible makes lots of other statements about things that are absolutely true. The most famous ones are the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) and Jesus’ instructions to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). The Bible holds the truth for all kinds of circumstances, and we can trust it for answers to all kinds of questions.
2. There is an absolute truth
3. It does not come from self, or any other person, but from outside sources
4. Reaching the conclusion that truth is found in the Bible and Christianity and choosing to find life in that truth is not the end of the story. You still have to live in a world that thinks believing in ultimate truth is intolerant. How can you discuss the issue in a way that allows you to keep your beliefs and your friends?
5. Know what you believe. The more you know about the truths of the Bible, the more you’ll be able to keep your cool when difficult questions come up. So dig in! And ask wise adults for help when a topic or passage is hard to grasp.
6. Know where others are coming from. When the apostle Paul gave his speech in Athens, he earned the people’s respect because he had read their poetry and toured their city.
This is an underlying purpose of this course, as I explained we are going to gather in groups, answer the questions in the quizzes, discuss them, and come up with the most difficult questions you can, come up with questions you hear on the yard. Discuss this topic with others, and write down their responses and questions, do not get into an argument, just learn and observe where these guys are coming from, and then we will develop a system for approaching them, and addressing their doubts as well as concerns, and before you know it we
will find more of the men incarcerated here turning their lives over to Christ.
Remember Jesus cared about them and their beliefs. He started with the little bit of truth they already grasped and went on to explain the whole truth to them. If you take the time to ask your friends what they believe, you’ll find common ground for talking about truth and you’ll earn their respect in the process.
Watch your words. The Bible tells us that the truth will be offensive to unbelievers(1 Corinthians 1:18-25). Since what you’re talking about may already be difficult for others to accept, take care not to further offend them by how you say it. In Ephesians 4:2, Paul tells us to “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” And in Colossians 4:5-6 he says, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Remember, people are of highest importance. Though it may feel great to win a debate or prove a point, keep in mind that Jesus called us to be fishers of men, not winners of arguments. In God’s book, people are the highest priority because He created us and He loves us. That’s why author Randy Petersen says, “It’s more likely that your relationship — not your arguments — will win [your friends] over.”
It’s right and good to defend the truth, but remember that you’re trying to lead people to the truth because you love them, not to fill a quota.
III. AS A PERSON THINKS…
A. In Part From New life Behavior
1. We will consider the difference between the mind, brain, and the untrustworthyness of the brain.
(1) How we think and decide: Our thought processes
Would someone read: Proverbs 23:7 “As a person thinks in his heart, so he behaves”
This is an extremely truthful and important fact; our thinking process controls what we do, who we are, and even how we feel. I watched a movie once based upon a book titled “The Secret” and its point was all men are who they think they are, and you can change who you are by changing how you think.
Paul tells us that when we come to Christ and allow Him to change our inner man, the we will think and act like Christ (would someone read Romans 6:4, Galatians 2:20, and Philippians 2:5)
(2) However our thinking is influenced by our brain, a damaged brain will not deliver proper thought processes in order to determine truth, and unfortunately we all have suffered some sort of brain damage
(3) For example, we can suffer brain damage from several areas, what we learn as we are coming up is the most obvious. If we learn something that was not true, or just a little true, we tend to build our perspective on those partial truths for the rest of our lives. But also there are times we receive head injuries, such as what is going on in the NFL right now, they are saying almost all the players have brain damage from the head injuries they receive, same as boxers, or anyone who has been in a fight and took a hit to the head. In addition to that add illnesses, birth defects, or even if one of the parents was a drug user, alcohol user, maybe even a smoker. No one is exempt, we have all suffered.
2. The Mind
The mind is an invisible, abstract force that is created by and emerges from the brain. From a Biblical point of view, the mind is man’s seat of reasoning.
It is with the mind that man decides to serve or reject God. Would someone read Genesis 1:27,…. man is said to be created in God’s image. Many scholars believe that this is referring to God’s ability to think and reason. Also, they believe that the mind and soul are the same or are at least connected in some way. In truth, the mind is a mystery. We all have one, but we do not know exactly what it is or understand how it works.
a) The two parts of the Mind:
Two major views as to the relationship and size of the conscious and subconscious minds were developed by Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. Freud compared the mind to an iceberg. The conscious part was the tip of the iceberg seen floating above the ocean…it is extremely small. The subconscious is like the rest of the iceberg. It makes up seventy or eighty percent of the iceberg, but remains out of sight – underwater. Freud believed the subconscious controlled the conscious.
Adler, on the other hand, viewed the mind like a jade tree. The conscious mind was the trunk, limbs, and leaves on the tree. It is the largest part of the mind. He saw the subconscious as the tree’s small root system. The subconscious is small and controlled by the larger conscious part of the mind. The difference between these two views is extremely important. Freud says that we are not consciously responsible for what we do and think. Those decisions are made for us by our subconscious minds over which we have little or no control. Our past training and environment are what controls us. Freud says that we are free from guilt.
Adler, on the other hand, says that we are responsible for what we do and think. Past training and environment are important, bu we consciously decide what we want to do. We are responsible for our actions – individually. And, we must bear the results of our personal decisions.
Obviously Adler is correct and in line with biblical teaching.
The subconscious is absolutely involved in how we react, and is controlled by past injuries and un-truths.
(1) The conscience
The conscious mind is that part of our mind that is functioning when we are awake. Our five senses report to it. It gars the information they provide, evaluates it, and makes decisions.
(2) The Subconscious
One researcher described it as a place in which…”things do not simply fall into those places into which they are being throuwn; they arrange themselves in coming in and during their time of storage, according to the many ways in which they belong together. And they do more; they influence trying to meet the exigencies of the moment. A miraculous tore house in deed!
b) Let’s put this together: There are two major parts, plus two minor divisions in the mind.
The brain is the physical part made up of brain cells and electro-chemical impulses. Somehow these brain cells and impulses create a force, called the mind. Capable of thinking, feeling, and creating behavior (Proverbs 23:7)
Many religious scholars believe that is the mind that makes us in the image of God.
Many New Testament writers say that man’s goal should be to change his earthly oriented mind into one that is oriented toward Christ (First Corinthians 15:49, Second Corinthians 3:18, Colossians 3:10 Second Peter 1:4, and First John 4: 4 – 6.
I want to share something with you that I think will put all this into perspective.
I build websites. At one time I used a language called PHP/MySQL.
This was a two part language, MySQL is much like the brain, it is a storehouse of information, more commonly known as a data base. All it does is store information that has been put into to it by outside sources, much like our brain.
PHP is like the mind, both sides. It is code written to pull the stored information from data base called MySQL.
Some of this is automatic, nothing has to be done for information to show up on the website. Much like our subconscious mind, that tells the lungs to breath, and other bodily functions to occur without our consciously telling it to.
However, the most common use is the code that tells it to do something specific, like answer a question.
Now this is exactly how Amazon.com is constructed. All of it’s information is stored in a database, when someone gets on their computer, opens their website, and then orders a book. They are engaging the PHP, and asking it to search the MySQL database for the product, and send it to them. All is well and good, until that database, or brain gets a virus, and then there is no telling what might come out of it.
Now let me share the whole point of this, we are to know there is an absolute truth. We are to also know that it is not within us… we are flawed.
Therefore we must look outside of ourselves. We know we cannot find truth in newspapers, movies, and textbooks, at least not the truth that leads to eternal life.