Basic Apologetics: Truth Exists
by Cale Fauver
After all, if there is no such thing as truth then Christianity cannot be true anymore than atheism can be true.
You Can’t Handle the Truth!
The famous line from A Few Good Men that rings timeless in its scene in the movie, and as it speaks volumes to our culture. Many of us can’t handle the truth, so we disregard it. Or, we choose our emotions or what we feel is right over the truth. This only seems to work in the realm of personal preference and what we enjoy. Many times, we forget that there must be something right, there must be truth. And if truth exists, that means that there is something to figure out as we wander on the earth and search out for it. After all, if there is no such thing as truth then Christianity cannot be true anymore than atheism can be true. So, does truth exist? Can we know that truth exists?
The Popular Self-Defeating Statements
When you attend a philosophy class your freshmen year or even talking to people at work or on the street, you’ll hear popular sayings such as these:
- There is no such thing as truth.
- All truth is relative.
- We really can’t know what is true.
- That’s true for you, but not for me.
- All truths are true.
- All truth has to be scientifically proven.
The problem with all of these (and I have been told many of these myself!) is that they don’t hold to their own truth claims. So, when we hear these claims at face value they are a little fearful. But, when we apply the claim to itself we can see the faulty logic of our culture, the skeptic, and those who simply disbelieve in God, the Bible, religion, etc. and we will quickly see how to respond, such as this…
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