What is Truth?
All people have three basic questions they ask,
- Where did I come from,
- Why am I here, and
- where am I going?
We will focus on asking, and answering these three questions, and maybe we ask them, how to find the answers, where to find the answers, and with what do we find them.
I believe the path to the answers is wisdom. Without wisdom, we just get through the day, get through the week, and year and finally life.
Without wisdom, we miss out on the true beauty of this world, the best of this experience called life, the human experience.
So the first goal should be to find wisdom or develop wisdom.
I believe that there is a foundation of wisdom that is required or our search is a waste of time and effort, and that foundation has to be the truth.
What kind of wisdom could there be if not based upon absolute truth? At best it would be faulty, and absolutely worthless.
What is the truth?
Another age-old question, Jesus was asked by Plate during his trial. “What is truth”?
So we need to determine what truth is, where do we find it? Truth is not what the lawyers do in a courtroom; create it. No truth is black and white, either a statement or a belief is correct or not correct.
Does this Absolute Truth Actually Exist?
- Does an absolute truth, sometimes called a universal truth; a truth that is unalterable and a permanent fact. The concept of absolute truths – what they are and whether they exist – has been debated among many different groups of people. Philosophers have waded in the muck of defining absolute truth for millennia. For example, Plato believed that absolute truth existed, but that truth on earth was merely a shadow of great forms of absolute truth existing in the universe. Alternatively, many believe in relative truths, where facts may vary depending on the circumstances. Here’s the problem. Absolute truth, absolute falsehood, relative truth, a little truth, a lot of lies, all live together in this world, our job if we are interested in truth, is to be like a funnel, with a filter at the bottom. We must find a way to separated truth from fiction, and absolute truth from relative and limited truth.
- If you cannot, absolutely cannot believe in absolute truth, I would just stop here, and not waste your time unless you want to try to understand.
- Can mathematics prove there is absolute truth? Mathematics is often called the universal language, and once I have heard it called the language of God.
- We could not know we were being paid correctly, in fact, money couldn’t exist if there were not absolute truth in mathematics, how would we know exactly what that five-dollar bill was really worth?
- We could not do any accurate accounting, such as our money, keep track of our age, how much gas we burned.
- One truth here in the last statement we wouldn’t have to know how much gas was burned because we could not have cars, planes, or trains if mathematics was not an exact science that provided absolute truth.
- We could never have gone into outer space if mathematics was not only true but ABSOLUTELY TRUE.
- In world history are there absolute truths? Not always, but at times and in certain situations we believe certain things happened in the past because various people wrote about them, often varying in their reporting, but agreeing it happened, such as; Napoleon existed, and met his Waterloo. George Washington lived and was the first president of the United States. All for the same reason, multiple people recording the events, (often eye witness accounts). So yes, we can trust there are certain absolute truths that occurred in history.
- In our daily lives, are there absolute truths? The quick answer here… you either absolutely have a job, or you don’t, you absolutely work for the government… or you don’t…. very simply… there are absolutely absolute truths in our lives mixed with partial truths, some truths, a little truth, and absolute lies.
AT THIS POINT I BELIEVE WE CAN STATE THERE IS SUCH A THING AS ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND THAT ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS AVAILABLE TO US IF WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO FIND IT.