January 26, 2016

Every argument comes down to it. Some religions claim to have it. A few claim that it cannot be known. Others say that everyone has their own. Some say they “have to see it to believe it.”


The idea of truth contains elements of “faithfulness to the unchanging.” In at least some languages, the word root seems to be associated with the steadfastness of an oak tree. But, since we can see an oak tree, that view is a rather materialistic view.

A materialistic person believes that what he sees in nature is all that there is. He thus believes that there is no transcendent supernatural God maintaining His creation. They believe that they are being logical, rational and scientific. (I know, because I used to be an atheist, too). However, by embracing materialism, the atheist has destroyed the possibility of knowledge, as well as empirical science and technology. In other words, if atheism were true, it would be impossible to prove anything!

The law of non-contradiction is the basis of all logic. It says that you can’t have A and not-A at the same time. The statement “My car is a Ford, and it is not the case that my car is a Ford” is necessarily false by the law of non-contradiction. Any rational person would accept this.

But ask yourself why this is true? What is truth? Why should there be a law of non-contradiction, or any laws of reasoning? The materialist can’t have such laws. He believes that everything that exists is material-part of the physical world (“stuff you can see and touch”). But, you can’t touch a law of logic; nor love. It is inconsistent to try and use a law to try to reason if you essentially argue that law should not exist. In a sense, an atheist is borrowing from the Christian worldview to argue against the Christian worldview.

For the Christian the laws of logic are a reflection of the way God thinks. Logic, like gravity, is consistent with God’s unchanging nature. Rational reasoning would be impossible without the biblical God. Logic cannot come from randomness. If laws of logic and truth were simply man-made, then different cultures and different times could simply adopt different laws of logic (like driving on the right side of the road). Rational debate would be impossible if this were so. They are universal. He may say, “We use the laws of logic because they work.” Unfortunately for him, that isn’t the question. We all agree the laws of logic work; and they work because they’re true. The question is why do they exist in the first place? How can non-material things like laws exist if the universe is material only? You are entitled to your own opinions; just not your own truth.

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light.” Argue all you want. He will be there when you are done.

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