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Series: 10 Commandments
''You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.''
Introduction: Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
Being Truthful, but what is Truth and can it be absolute?
Immanuel Kant, the 18th century philosopher, taught that no one could ever know objective truth, that all one could ever do was impose one's personal, subjective mental categories onto reality. Therefore, according to Kant, truth is relative to the mind.
If we are going to read this commandment to tell us not to lie or to speak truthfully and live truthfully then it implies there is a truth that can be spoken and lived by. The problem is that our culture does not necessarily believe that ''absolute truth'' exists.
Truth seems to be subjective opinion (or at least people want to believe that when it suits their needs)
Actually, man has created his own truth. Each person lives within their own truth boundaries. All of us at some point will say that something may be true for you but it may not be true for me. All of us have rationalized telling or not telling the truth about something at some point. One of my cases being a broken golf club.
Now, without taking the entire time in a philosophical debate about whether or not we can know absolute truth let me put it simply…
The relativist believes:
There is no absolute truth.
So if I were to ask someone who believes all truth is relative, they would say ''yes, that is absolutely true.''
Do you see the disconnect? To say there is no absolute truth is making an absolute statement.
The next thing we have to figure out is, since there is absolute truth, WHERE does this truth come from?
As Christians we believe that God, the creator of all things, has all truth.
God tells us what is true and what is not true and He has done this through His Word, both written and in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:13 In him you also, whe ...
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