Consequences of Truth
I work a very menial job as a cashier at a grocery store. This job can become incredibly aggravating in a lot of situations, but it definitely has its benefits. For instance, it allows me to have a lot of time to think. William Faulkner continued to work a very boring job as a postmaster while in the height of his career because he felt like if he kept the basic rudimentary parts of his brain occupied, then the creative parts of his brain could run free and figure out plot points.
In short, while working in a very basic and pointless position, grand thoughts enter my brain. They vary from why people act the way they do to complex music theory problems. Most recently, the problem that has racked my brain is the issue of truth. From the Biblical background, the basis of everything that we believe is that truth is singular, but the idea of relative truth has been running rampant in today’s culture. No matter the belief system of a person or the job that they hold, everything is rooted in this idea of what truth is. How do we explain the definition of everything?
In relative truth, or relativism, the idea is that anything that is seen as truth is only as such because of perception. In singular truth, or singularism, the idea is that truth cannot be relative because if it were relative, then how would morals exist or have a basis? And since they can’t exist apart from truth, then truth must have a finite answer. The basis of the Christian faith is that truth is singular. The Mosaic Law is simply God stating that morals exist and those were the boundaries. In relativism, there is no boundary for morality and so the answer is decided by the culture, kind of like fiat currency. But once that agreement exists no longer, then morality falls. Relativists would argue that the switch in America to supporting gay marriage in the past year is a natural occurrence of fiat truth, while singularist argue that morals have an answer and our perception is perverting the answer and morphing morality as a consequence.
I’m not writing this to tell you that one is right and the other is wrong, but I wish to simply give you the consequences of one: singular truth. As I said before, the Christian faith is rooted in the idea of singularism. If we agree that sin exists, then there is a boundary for morality and therefore there is a basis for us to live our lives. As Romans 7:12,14 tells us, we know that the basis for our morality is indeed God:
"So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good...For we known that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin."
I see so many Christians who hold to this basis, that there are certain things we should and should not do, yet I see them contradict themselves in other ways.
I have had many discussions in the past few weeks as to why bad things happen in a world that God has control over. It would seemingly negate the existence of Himself to allow evil, but that argument is for another post. I have posed this question to many Christians and their answers seem to be that they do not know why evil exists and they think that they never will and maybe that is the way God intended it. I even had one person tell me, “once you realize you know nothing, then you start to gain wisdom.” When I hear statements like this, I get outraged at the ignorance of its implications. Did God truly set this world in motion to confuse us?
When I read and learn about complex characteristics of God in Scripture, my response should not be,
“Well, that is confusing… I guess that is truth.”
Why would God gives us impossible questions or situations? Scripture is clear that He gave us this Earth to minister to and that means we have to explain some of the most vile elements of the world and how they coexist with God at the same time. I don’t think God gave us a lose-lose situation but gave us these questions so that we can seek after Him and find the answers.
The most important characteristic of singular truth is that it has a finite answer, meaning it is obtainable. Live your life like you are seeking after obtainable truth and more importantly, view God not as a maniacal and twisted being but instead as a loving Father who wants you to ask the tough questions and get the tough answers. God did not give you that question racking in your brain to endlessly confuse you to no end. If we are going to agree that God is loving, omnipotent, and omniscient, then we must also have to agree that the problems that we face have a purpose. Do not live your life as if there isn’t an answer or reason, but instead live your relationship with Christ like it has a purpose.
What are some questions that you struggle with God on?
How do they affect your relationship with Christ?