How To Respond To One Who Doesn’t Care About Truth
by Claudia Kalmikov
What is the most important issue in the world? Think about it. Take a guess. What do we all need in order to make decisions and live our lives in this world and the next? Truth. Apologist Frank Turek says, “If you live by truth, then your eternity is secure. But if you don’t, then disaster awaits you if not in this life, then in the next.”
I just finished reading Abdu Murray’s latest book, Saving Truth. In it, Abdu admits that as a former Muslim, it took him nine years to surrender to Christ. Not because it took him that long to find the truth of Christianity. But because it took him that long to embrace it. Why? What he wanted was comfort. Not the truth. This is the human condition. We often don’t want the truth. We want comfort. C.S. Lewis said, “If you look for truth you may find comfort in the end. But if you look for comfort, you will not get either comfort or truth…and, in the end, despair.”
At the end of the 2016 election cycle, the Oxford English Dictionary revealed its word of the year, post-truth. Why that word? Because it captured the mood of the culture. The term was coined back in 1992 but in 2016, the usage of the word had increased by 2000 percent. I have heard the word postmodern plenty of times. But what is the difference between post-modern and post-truth?
The mindset in postmodernism is that objective truth does not exist. But in post-truth, the person believes that objective truth exists, but they subordinate truth to their preferences, or their comfort. In other words, one doesn’t care that truth exists or what the truth is if it doesn’t line up with one’s preferences. This makes post-truth even more dangerous. I’ll explain why…
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