Ten Things That Believers in Jesus Should Avoid Perpetuating

In my life thus far, i’ve come across many who claim various religious titles but who blatantly disregard the true doctrine of religion. In my own ignorance, I walked through life believing that I knew God intimately but found in being saved, that I myself was quite the hypocrite for most of my life. I found out that the true Word of God has the power to do something that we in ourselves are unable to do, and that is to make the change for us that we were unable to do, through our maintained relationship with Jesus through His Word.

I know my flesh would love to take credit and start off telling you about what i’ve found and done, but instead, I can only tell you about what He has chosen to show me in the Spirit.

Because most pervert the Word in false display of faith, it has led many others to stumble in their walk as well, and this is continuously perpetuated throughout time until the majority of society has fabricated a faith built upon some truth and some personal opinion which usually involves holding onto something that they know they should be letting go of. I strongly believe that the deeper you grow in your faith by studying the Word of God and prayer, you will be able to break away from these false idea’s and develop a real unbreakable faith with the real God of the Bible.

Studying will encourage a clear understanding which builds a strong relationship with God rooted in truth and love.

There was hundred’s of false beliefs I could’ve mentioned but i’d rather spend my time writing about God’s love rather than the false pretenses of religion.

So I’ve have narrowed my list down to these ten. I pray they lend to the maturing of your faith also.

God Bless

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41

10. There are “certain” times when it’s okay to steal

Ummm… No.
Believing this as with any other contradictions of God’s word shows a clear indication that you have lost faith in God’s ability to provide for you and feel the need to provide for yourself, or “lean on your own understanding” which is not encouraged if you seek to walk under the leadership of an infinitely wise God. God’s leadership is not meant to restrict us, but rather to protect us. The deeper your relationship, the more you’ll be able to see that ill gotten gain is not gain at all. God may be testing your faith by separating you from something you desire, but this in no way should lead you to do that which the Lord detests as a means to provide for yourself. Remain faithful and the Lord will surely redeem you for your patience and perseverance.

9. Jesus drank “wine” so alcohol is a-okay

I’ve had this discussion with many from whether the wine was “actual” wine or grape juice etc etc, and in short, we should make a habit of studying many scriptures to justify our course of action in life. If one piece of scripture justifies an action while more than fifty speak the opposite, i would personally trust that since it was mentioned more than fifty times to withstand from the perils of alcohol over the latter, to go with that instead. Men will even use scripture to justify ungodliness, but a clear understanding of your Bible will help you to see through the lies. Studying how men have fallen from grace by this means will help you to see just how prevalent it is in alcoholic environments from thoughts to words to actions.

8. It’s okay to smoke or get high, no one said we couldn’t smoke

Since smoking wasn’t a problem that was prevalent in the times of the Bible, that could’ve been the reason it was not mentioned in detail. However, it does make clear indication that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that we should do all we can to treat it as a temple whereby we show worship to the Lord by the way we maintain our bodies. We are also said to have the strength of a sound mind while walking in the Spirit, so to need dependancies on anything other than what has been given to you in the body, would war against the Spirit’s ability to lead which should be our true course director in life

7. We are God

We are not God. We have been blessed by His Word and Holy Spirit to learn to walk according to that Spirit and may thereby fellowship with Him being made righteous by the blood shed by Jesus. He is still Almighty God, and any power we possess is a gift to be used for His purposes, not our own. He is God.

6. God is tempting me

God has the ability to allow trials for the strengthening of our faith and endurance, however, the Lord does not Himself tempt us in any way. He does allow for our enemies to tempt us to build us up against such trials, but also would not allow for us to be tempted beyond what we can handle. Before Satan can tempt us, he absolutely requires permission from our All-Powerful God.

5. Just before I die, I’ll repent and be saved!

Those who know better, are called to do better. Walking with God and growing in the faith is a process like the development of any relationship. Although forgiveness is absolutely freely given, no one can decide on their own to “get God” all of a sudden one day, but they can decide to be ready to accept His teachings or to learn. There is one bone chilling piece of scripture that I always remember when I see people who choose to partially submit to God that frightens me for the salvation of their soul. It’s when Jesus says: “Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers”. I would really hate for someone to be building up a fake sense of faith in God while relying on worldly wisdom only to die and hear God say those words on the day of judgement. Take your faith seriously. Jesus showed that His Father’s business was everything to Him and we are to follow His example. His death is not something that should be mocked or taken lightly in this lifetime. Even though previous mis-conceptions and sins are pardoned, true repentance should lead to a change of course. If you can’t on your own, you can certainly pray for His help in doing so. God is wise, powerful and loving, and His Word is no weak thing

4. I made a donation to the church so my sin is forgiven

As it is made known in the revelation of the New Testament, that by no works are we justified. We are justified by faith and faith only. We may do good works from the fruitfulness of being saved, in fact, you should certainly feel led to do so once you receive the knowledge of salvation from knowing God’s love for humanity and also know that you have been saved from your sins by nothing other than faith in the life, death, and resurrection in the Lord Jesus. But to feel that you must do good works first in order to receive salvation is completely false and unbiblical.

3. There are many different paths to God,

The is only one path to God according to the Bible, and it is clearly shown from the Old Testament right through to the New Testament. By faith in Jesus Christ. I encourage anyone who feels different to embark on a journey through Bible studies praying for the guidance of God. You will also come to see that there is only one name by which men (and women) can be saved. The thing that I love about the Bible that makes it certain truth for me, is that it clearly shows what is wrong with the other so-called “paths” by simply explaining it’s own. Whether idolatry, self-sufficiency, polytheism, debauchery, etc, it’s the one that holds true to what real goodness, holiness and righteousness is; God Almighty, while also explaining why people require the free gift of Jesus Christ and how many are misled into different directions by phony doctrine as well as how to spot lies by knowing certain truth. I believe in the narrow road because having been someone who was actually brought up in another faith, and has driven all over the broad road for most of my life, I was blessed to have seen the ends of those roads and to be brought to repentance in this lifetime while I still have the opportunity to do so. God in his merciful love saw me seeking and then led me to His truth. I sincerely pray for those still battling with accepting the truth that is Jesus Christ.

2. There is no heaven or hell

Although it may not be the most spoken about topic in churches, anyone who studies the Bible can see for themselves that there are clear indications of an afterlife. One that is rewarding for the fruitful, and one where tree’s producing no fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. One that explains that fruitfulness comes from remaining connected to the vine. One that refers to the vine as God and Jesus as the link between the two. I encourage personal Bible studies of the Word of God to have a clear understanding of all true doctrine and maintaining a real relationship with God by staying connected in prayer and the Word.

1. You only live once

We know from Jesus’s words that He went “to prepare a place” for his followers. We know His “Fathers house has many rooms” and we have many other indications that something exist beyond here with indications that it is a narrow road to getting there. Our treasure is not here in this world, but in the world to come. If you keep your eyes fixed on heaven, surely, your steps will follow in every area of your life to help maintain a walk that leads to you to this second life where the real treasure lies. Forsake what you must and seek this treasure. If you take a honest and real look around you, you too will see no need to run aimlessly after the empty ambitions this life has to offer. I speak to you all having been someone who was blessed and given mostly everything I had ever desired in this life thus far at only thirty years of age, only to find that none of them have ever been as satisfying as knowing the true love, mercy, and kindness of my eternal Father in Heaven.

 

Free yourselves of the worldly wisdom that corrupts men and women. Trust in the Word of God found in the Bible and study it daily. Hold tight to that which is true, and pray to be delivered from all that which stands between you and knowing the true God. God is not about commands like a dictatorship, but about relationship, convictions, and repentance for the times we might fall short. It is said that we all fall short of the glory of God, but God is also love and desires that not one of His sheep be led astray.

If you feel that you are guilty of one of these things, just know that Jesus Christ died for your sins. Sincerely repent, and you are immediately forgiven. Abstain from doing it again and allow for your future footsteps to be guided by your relationship with Jesus by the Holy Spirit alive within you which leads men to repentance. Read the word daily to feed the Spirit with the truth of the Word.

I pray for us both brothers and sisters

 

Grace be unto you always

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

Shai Linne – Biblical Theology
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c5isrXz82k

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A Blessing For The Women of God’s Creation

Just something to give my sisters a little insight into how God views you…

 

Canon – You Are Beautiful
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P58CXQTKnPk

Chorus:
Ok now beauty’s in the eye of the beholder yea we know that but, what if your beholder aint the one who’s in control of us, now girl you know your beautiful but it aint because he told you so, you’re beautiful because God made you so anything else aint what you should uphold,
now girl you know you beautiful,
girl you know you beautiful,
girl you know you beautiful,
girl you know you beautiful

i aint the perfect person to tell you your more than worth it, i aint that guy to tell you cause first of all i aint been searching. i’m gon tell you all the truth its time we just pull back the curtains, he just like you cuz you got more curves then an alphabet in cursive. don’t listen to that person, his heart is dead and gone, his sin is notorious B.I.G its “dead wrong,” im telling you the truth you precious without his approval, taking his is like tossing out Alfredo’s for some Ramon noodles yea i said Ramon noodles his talking may feel you up, but you gon’ be empty once you gone, is that what you want, we treasure what is beautiful, hold to what is true to us, so in the end, all you felt was maybe you weren’t good enough. but God is more than enough, and cant no brother replace him no, you should let the man who’s perfect tell you your gorgeous like some shooting stars, cuz guys will always want yo stuff, but in the end they aint satisfied, your good looks gon’ get old but trust, they don’t get old to adonai. If the beholder of beauty is the one who made it then, don’t place your faith in men, place your faith in Him. now trust me, i pray that that old image God will shatter, because your identity is in Christ thats what truly matters

Ok now beauty’s in the eye of the beholder yea we know that but, what if your beholder aint the one who’s in control of us, now girl you know your beautiful but it aint because he told you so, you’re beautiful because God made you so anything else aint what you should uphold,
now girl you know you beautiful,
girl you know you beautiful,
girl you know you beautiful,
girl you know you beautiful

God Bless,

You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you
Songs Of Solomon 4:7

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious
1 Peter 3:3-4

Feminine Appeal – Proverbs 31

S.O Ft Serene – Feminine Appeal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlSW9qm_mRg

Chorus:
This is for the girls all around the world who hold it down, by the cross is where your found/And ladies who in love with the truth, you know just what to do, put a hand up with a smile and let me hear you say/(AYY) biblical womanhood don’t it feel right/(AYY) real feminine appeal and it feel nice/(AYY) real women know the deal and the deal’s Christ/(AYY), this appeal bright girl, this a song for you…

Verse 1:
(And so I ask em), where the women in love with Christ?/Clinging to that rugged cross, yeah you hug it twice/You more concerned about the state of your soul than just chasing the gold or the goal for the budget life/uh Bible studies on Monday nights/Yeah its kinda sweet right honey like, these types loving life/And they aint tripping get their wisdom from the Lord/Its swimming in their system so they live it no funny gripe/In the world this word is still a worse verb/But to you submission is not a curse word/You got everything a man need and some/But your shooting for the Lord, And 1/And I tripping for you to do any different/Just keep doing the same, ‘cuz your spreading His fame/Yeah, this for my sisters who are more than just religious/Keeping it true in your lane letting em know of His aim

Verse 2:
Ok/
Were talking bout the women who be livin’ for the Lord/And not drivin’ by provision that is given by the World/Cos they say that beauty’s in the eye of the beholder/But what you behold is something much more precious than a pearl/But I ain’t talking bout the beauty on the outside/Your walk with the rare smile/The bright gold/With your clothes and the hairstyle/But we be talkin’ bout submittin’ in the churchYour reading and your taking into heed whats in the word yeah/Cos s.o done said it in the first verse/That to you submission isn’t a curse word/And the words heard/Aren’t followed by a curse/But your hurts purged/And its show by your first verb/ (application)And modesty honestly is your policy/And probably most of these women find it hard to be/But your ready for whatever is in store/Cos a woman that is praised is the one that fears the Lord

Verse 3:
G said to me its time I find a wife, I told him I’m alright I got Christ on this lonely road/Besides some of the women that I’ve seen are only after one thing themselves and it slowly shows/Their components are what we see on the idol screens/The atonement means nothing that’s what an idol brings/See it locally globally in my time it seems/Most women are taught all except this vital thing/How to be biblical, women see different/That feminist system is sifting I seen sisters who are/So driven by the world ways/And doing everything the world say/Laying where the world stay/I’m praying that them girls change/Transformed by the Spirit giving firm praise/Because it starts in the heart, much more than a couple deeds/Feminine appeal is much more than a girls retreat/More than knowing a couple verses in Proverbs/More than sitting silently and feeling awkward/ More than serving one church/ More than wearing long skirts/More than Elisabeth Elliot who I love first/And foremost its more than all of these things/Though they matter, they are latter never fleeting/Its deep b and I rhyme precise/Cuz true womanhood really looks like Christ (Ahh)

 

Proverbs 31

31 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Quest For Love – Truth Music

S.O – Quest For Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iN_rXCiEBM

 

Verse 1:
Uh, she wanting much loving in her life but that’s found in Christ/But patience she wouldn’t know/She telling me she need it right now, friends won’t pipe down but tell her which way to go/Find a man whose good with the loot/Hard on the street and let it do what it do/But if she partner with he, then she move with the crew/She sure she secure but the truth is she lose/Why? ‘Cus he aint rooted in the vine/And he aint even looking just to strive to the narrow/No thought about the Father, just current apparel/And loving other honey’s too, go and make the money move/And I know its not love but she think so/That’s why I write this verse let it ink slow/Cheap hope what she know that’s the worst bid/Can somebody tell her what love is

Chorus:
I’m on my search again, trying to find a way
To make it work again, looking for brighter days
I wish they told me, there’s no love here I was wrong
Trying to find my way tell me where love is at again
I need to know where love is (where love is) ‘cus I’m on a quest for love
I need to know where love is (where love is) that’s where I belong
I need to know where love is yeah, please don’t get me wrong
I need to know, where love is (trying to find my way tell me where love is at again)

Verse 2:
Uh, he wanting much loving in his life but that’s found in Christ/But patience he wouldn’t know/He telling me he need it right now, friends won’t pipe down but tell him which way to go/Find a girl who make you feel good/As ‘real’ women should, she giving up her goods/If she could do everything you say and make you feel great then lil hommie you straight/But the fact is he isn’t, ‘cus she aint even Christian/Or care about the Way, just hide behind religion/And waste away her days nothing based on holy living/And that is what the truth is, why would he do this?/ And I know its not love but he think so/That’s why I write this verse let it ink slow/Cheap hope what he know that’s the worst bid/Can somebody tell him what love is

Verse 3:
Who knows love, give me defined truth/I was trying to find love but wrongly in my suit/Was hanging with the ravens but trying to find doves/Stories that are ancient but they still define us/Waiting man I was till I saw what I thought was real, now I know how awkward feel/I deal cautious still and never would have thought that my thoughts would spill/Having talks with Will/I say I feel the same as the two that I know/Let it brew inside I can fill a suicide note/Gotta choose a side, don’t you see the slew of cyclones/I’m moving sly, that is not the movement I chose/ And I know its not love but I think so/That’s why I write this verse let it ink slow/Cheap hope what I know that’s the worst bid/Can somebody tell me what love is

Scriptural references:

He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?
Luke 6:39

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
Romans 12:12

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs
1 Timothy 6:10

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless
James 1:26

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
John 15:1-4

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:13-14

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 1:16

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:12

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:32

 

I’m sure there are more, but this is just an example of a few.

Do you hear the truth in the music you’re listening to?

 

Blessings,

 

The Problem With Evil

This is a post originally by author Bill Pratt that I found to hold much truth. I hope it lends to clear  up some misconceptions about commonly held perceptions of good and evil.

One common atheist argument against Christianity is known as The Problem of Evil. It can be stated as follows.

1)  God is said to be omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect.
2)  If God is omnipotent, He has the power to defeat evil.
3)  If God is omniscient, He knows when and where evil exists.
4)  If God is morally perfect, He wants to destroy evil.
5)  Yet evil exists.
6)  Therefore, God does not exist.

There are several responses open to the classical theist in response to this objection. I am fond of one of Dr. Norman Geisler’s responses.  He says the atheist has overlooked an important factor, and as a result, the argument can be restated with a different conclusion.

1)  God is omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect.
2)  Being omnipotent, He has the power to defeat evil.
3)  Being omniscient, He knows when and where evil exists.
4)  Being morally perfect, He wants to defeat evil.
5)  “Therefore, evil will yet be defeated. It is a fact that an all-good, all-powerful God assures us that this will happen. In short, since God is both all-good and all-powerful, evil will be defeated” (Geisler, Systematic Theology Volume 2, 161).

I discovered another response to this argument in a recent Seminary class of mine.  It states that the atheist’s fourth premise is faulty as God is not morally perfect.  In fact, to say that God is morally perfect is to hold that there is a principle to which God must adhere, i.e., there is something which transcends God.  However, if there is a principle which transcends God, then God cannot truly be said to be God.  Instead, the principle to which God is held is God. 

Traditional Christianity teaches that God transcends all, i.e., there is nothing which is greater than Him.  He created all things, and there is nothing that is outside of His power or dominion.  Since God is the greatest of all, there is nothing by which He can be measured.  As a result, God cannot be said to be morally perfect; instead He is Good.  More appropriately, He is Good Itself.  God does not have a standard to live up to because He is The Standard by which all else is judged.  Consequently, the atheist’s argument has a faulty premise, makes incorrect assumptions about God, and is inappropriate and inapplicable to God.

 

Blessings always

 

 

Da Truth – The Whole Truth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5gfDGNNNZg

Press On – Don’t Give Up

In the past months, after receiving the gift of salvation; the chance to come learn of God and walk according to the Spirit and the leadership of God’s Holy Word, I found at times that it can be fairly easy to put on an attitude of entitlement. To know that you have received a blessing from God; a free and totally undeserved gift; forgiveness from the sins of both your past, and future unintentional sin; even more still; a promise; a chance to see the heavens and spend an eternity with the the Lord Jesus; God of all creation. It’s sometimes hard to completely fathom. Could this be true? Is this what God would do even for someone like me?

If I take a real look backwards as far back as I can remember at my own life, I see that at times in my life I was a thief, I cheated, I hated others, I nearly murdered someone, I abused myself with cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol, I was filled with pride in my own ignorance, I was reckless with the life given to me, I had thought of doing and saying horrible things to others, I squandered away or disregarded the blessings of having a loving family, having a job, having good health, even having the sensibility to know better, I chased the lusts of my eyes,I looked for peace and happiness in material gains and wealth.

But last November 2012, when in my own disgust, I finally gave up and decided to return back to church; after living a life neglecting and disrespectful of everything God had given me, God still loved me enough to welcome me back into His house and His family and His covenant with a promise to give me a hope and future.

The gift of salvation is not a pardon then free ticket to continue on in the way of sin, but a call to all to turn away from your ways in true repentance to receive the free gift of salvation given to all who believe in God’s love, and then a call to press on and march forward in the renewing of your mind.

How do you begin to thank God for such a gift; for such a love?

From the moment I rise til the moment I return to a slumber, I spend each moment trying to reflect that same back love to any and everyone I encounter in hopes that they too might feel His love and find the forgiveness only found in Christ.

I wake up each day and try to spend my every waking moment giving thanks in thoughts of Him and in words and actions

I praise Him for who He is…

God Almighty.

And I just wanted to remind all my brother and sisters, that no matter what you might be faced with today or any other day to come. Whether you can’t find that significant other, or that job you want, or that goal that you hope to reach, If you can’t see over that mountain that feels like it’s just been there forever, If you feel lost and can’t find your way, if you’re not happy, or just can’t find peace, or if you think you just don’t deserve His love, I want you to remember that you do.

God loves you and in Him, you will make it through.

If He could love me after all that I’ve done with most of my life; to still give me a chance to be where He has brought me to today and still continues to love and bless me with His favor each and every day even though I’m still so far from perfection, then He loves each and every one of you also. At the end of it all, every one of those things that once brought me shame, are now the very things that allow me to use to serve Him in every situation that arises. My every step surely was ordained from the beginning just as it is written, and so are yours.

Open your hearts and receive His free love.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall receive eternal life.
John 3:16

 

Love always,

S.O. ft Leah Smith – Low’s And High’s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp59jnybY1A

“Truth” Vs Truth! Part 2

This was a blog that I came across by author Bill Pratt that had some interesting thoughts to lend to my earlier post entitled “Truth” vs Truth!

For a link to his blog check out: http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/

Enjoy!

How Do We Know Truth Is Absolute, Unified, and Objective?

Post Author: Bill Pratt

Tom Howe, in his book Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation, makes the case that there is unity, objectivity, and absoluteness in truth.  To start his explanation, he quotes Mortimer Adler from his book Truth and Religion:

1. The human race is a single biological species, renewed generation after generation by the reproductive determinations of a single gene pool. Hence, man is one in nature— that is, in specific nature. All individual members of the species have the same species-specific properties or characteristics.

2. The human race being one, the human mind is also one. The human mind is a species-specific property found in every individual member of the species, the same in all, being subject to variations in degree. This precludes the notion that there is, within the human species, a primitive mind that is characteristically different from a civilized one, or an Oriental mind that differs in kind from an Occidental one, or even a child mind that differs in kind, not just degree, from an adult mind.

Howe observes that

These two theses, along with a third, are propounded by Adler for the purpose of attempting to identify the necessary basis for a world community in the face of cultural diversity. That basis, as Adler articulates it, is the unity of truth.

Adler explains that

To affirm the unity of truth is to deny that there can be two separate and irreconcilable truths which, while contradicting of one another and thought to be irreconcilably so, avoid the principle of noncontradiction by claiming to belong to logic-tight compartments.

From here, Howe continues by claiming

the principles of the unity of man and the unity of truth demonstrate that there was not a “Hebrew” mind or a “Greek” mind or an “ancient” mind such that truth among those cultures at those periods of time were somehow different than truth today. On the contrary, truth is the same for all ages and among all peoples. The issues relating to men and God were the same issues with which we struggle today, because man is one race and one mind. The differences, then, between these ancient cultures and our modern culture is not the nature of man, or of truth, but are the social and cultural expressions of the same truths.

Given the principles of the unity of man and the unity of truth, is it possible to deny that truth is absolute or that truth is objective?  Howe thinks not:

For someone to claim that there is no such thing as absolute truth is to assert that it is absolutely true that there is no absolute truth. All such relativistic assertions are self-defeating and false. Likewise, for someone to claim that there is no such thing as objectivity is to count on the objective meaning of this very claim, which is likewise self-defeating and false. Truth is unavoidable. Likewise, objectivity is unavoidable.

To deny absolute truth or objective truth is self-defeating, for the very person who denies the absoluteness and objectivity of truth believes that their statement about truth is absolutely and objectively true.

 

 

Blessings Always

Lecrae – Truth
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