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
Why care about Truth?
If you are a skeptic about God, you might ask why are we talking about truth?
Because you “believe” in what you hold to be “true”.
As a skeptic of God, you might have the popular worldview that truth is relative, or only proven by science, or doesn’t really exist? Simply put truth is important because life has consequences for being wrong. Do you want to make the wrong bet on the truth that has eternal consequences?
Truth is Important.
Let’s look at the bigger picture.
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 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 truth you are saying it is true that there is no truth. It is self-contradicting and nonsense. Truth must match reality.
What is God’s (Eternal) Truth?
- All truths exist in God’s mind.
- Reality conforms to God’s mind.
- God’s truth is eternal. It does not change.
- God gives humans the gift of reason to begin to discover the divine light of truth
- God’s truth includes what humans’ have discovered to be true.
- Scientific study is a reflection of the mind of God
Everything that exists in the world is said to be a “word” of God; it is an “expression” of what is in the divine mind. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
What is faith?
Faith is nothing more than believing something on the word of a witness. Everyone has faith. You may have faith in a close friend or your doctor or even a scientist. You trust them.
You believe something that you cannot prove. If you can prove it then you know it. For example, you know that 2 + 2 = 4. You can believe that God loves you. You can know that God exists because there are many signs of credibility.
Christian faith is imminently reasonable. Faith in God is trust and believing God who is truth himself. God gives us “signs of credibility” to believe in God’s truth. Man can discover some truth by reason because God revealed it to him.
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”.
Source: Ideas adapted from Handbook of Christian Apologetics Peter Kreeft & Ronald Tracelli
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