Defending Your Faith 101: Truth vs. Preference

by Teri Dugan

The Importance of Truth and Worldview

Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” John 18:37-38

You get the impression there was a sarcastic tone in PiIate’s question here, and it is interesting to note that “the truth” was standing right in front of him! Pilate was questioning truth just like many people do today. With so many competing philosophies about life, how can we know truth about anything?

What is truth?

  1. Truth is that which corresponds to reality

The correspondence theory of truth…

  • truth corresponds to its object
  • truth is an actual state of affairs
  • truth is the way things really are
  1. Truth is not relative but absolute
  • truth is true for all people, at all times, in all places
  • truth is transcultural
  • truth is absolute, narrow, and exclusive
  1. Truth is discovered, not invented
  • truth exists independent of anyone’s knowledge of it
  • truth is unchanging even though our beliefs or attitudes about it might change
  • truth matches reality

Definition of Absolute Truth:  Something true For ALL people, in ALL places, and at ALL times…


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