Why care about Truth?
It’s important to think about what is true and look at our beliefs, especially when it comes to our future after death It is important to remember that the choices we make and the beliefs we hold can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences.
What is Human Truth?
Humans do not invent truth but discover it. Humans discover truth through our senses. This is the basis of all science. All our experiences are brought to light on a higher level of understanding. This intelligence allows us to form a judgment or truth of what something is through reason. However, because humans are finite, our ability to discover the light of all truth is limited. For humans, truth is the conformity of the human mind and reality.
Common Human Misconceptions of Truth
Truth only comes from science
A common worldview misconception is that truth is only discovered through science. Science can only prove things to be true if they are measurable and repeatable. If something cannot be measured it cannot be investigated through scientific methods. For example, science cannot measure how much someone loves you. That truth comes only from testimony and trust. Science can’t prove whether something is good or bad, or what is your conscience. Science cannot prove something is beautiful or supernatural things like God’s existence, just to name a few.
Truth is Relative or doesn’t exist
Another common worldview is “your truth” or what is true for you versus what is true for me. You can have your perspective, but there is no such thing as your truth. There is only “the truth” that is true for everyone. To say that there’s no such thing as the truth you are saying is true that there is no truth. It is self-contradicting and nonsense. Truth must match reality.
What is God’s Truth?
God’s truth is everything that exists in His mind. The world we live in conforms to God’s mind and it never changes. God has given us the gift of reason, so that we can begin to discover the truth that He has revealed. This includes the things that we have discovered through scientific study. In fact, science is just a reflection of the mind of God.
As St. Thomas Aquinas said, everything in the world is a “word” or “expression” of what is in the divine mind. So, God’s truth is eternal and unchanging, and it encompasses all that we can know and understand about the world and ourselves.
What is faith?
Faith is simply believing something based on the testimony of someone else. Everyone has faith in something or someone. You might have faith in a good friend, a doctor, or even a scientist. You trust them and believe what they say even though you can’t prove it. But, when you can prove something, like 2+2=4, you know it’s true.
When it comes to faith in God, it’s important to understand that it’s not just a blind leap. There are good reasons to believe in God. God has provided us with “signs of credibility” that point to His existence. We can use reason to discover some truths about God, because He has revealed them to us. In other words, Christian faith is not just a wishful thinking, it’s a rational choice.
Faith and reason have two large classes of truth that overlap.
Humans discover the truth over time, however, man’s truth changes over time. In other words, man continues to discover a deeper understanding of the eternal truth.
Since Human intellect is finite, man can only see a glimpse of God’s truth. However, God’s divine love does give us the ability to know and understand more than what we see in nature through the graces of faith, hope, and love. The light of God’s eternal truth is given to humans to participate in God’s love.
There are some truths that have been revealed by God that can be understood by human reason.
For example, moral laws or even that God exists.
But there are truths revealed by God that cannot be understood by natural reason. These are truths that are beyond man’s capabilities to discover through natural reason. Although they are believable and are backed up in history, these supernatural truths can be embraced by man because God has revealed them to us.
For example: “The Holy Trinity” or that “Christ died for our sins”.
Can faith conflict with reason?
Because both the light of truths and faith are under God’s truth based on reality, faith and reason cannot contradict each other. Truth cannot contradict truth.
Understanding the full scope of truth is what separates a faithful believer from a non-believer.
God gives us more than the gift of reason. He gives us the spirits of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding.
To begin your journey into eternal truth, beyond the human light of reason, let’s look at the “signs of credibility”.
Why Care about God?
What is your purpose?
Are you ready to meet God?
“There are two types of men, those who are afraid to lose God, and those who are afraid that they might find Him…” –Blaise Pascal, philosopher, and scientist
Source: Ideas adapted from Handbook of Christian Apologetics Peter Kreeft & Ronald Tracelli
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