Why I Believe in Absolute Truth

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I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

My most foundational belief has to do with the nature of reality itself. I believe in absolute truth.

In other words, I believe that truth is not relative. That which is true, really is true, and that which is false, really is false. Therefore, competing claims to truth cannot all be true.

To me, such a belief is self-evident, yet there are many who deny it. It is very popular in today’s pluralistic culture to say that something may be true for you but not for me. But such thinking falls apart under logical scrutiny.

One of the most basic principles of logic is the law of non-contradiction. According to Wikipedia, “It states that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.” This presupposes the idea that there actually are true statements.

If there were no such thing as absolute truth, then nothing would make sense at all. There could be no such thing as logic. We would be living in a universe with no governing laws. Every moment of existence would be completely random and utterly pointless. But that isn’t what we see.

Rather, we see an orderly world that follows very precise principles. Everything has a cause and an explanation. Note that this does not mean we will always be able to determine the explanation, but the explanation does exist.

Likewise, the existence of absolute truth does not necessarily mean we will be able to determine that truth with absolute certainty. But truth does exist. Therefore, it is worth searching for.

Jesus claimed, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If what he said is true, then every religion that does not point to Jesus is necessarily false.

But we’ll get to the truthfulness of Jesus’ claims in a later post.

For now, what do you think of absolute truth? Does it exist? Is it worth pursuing?

Why do you believe what you believe?

“Why I Believe” Series