Posted by: Tim | October 5, 2009

That’s a Good Question #1 – Isn’t it arrogant for someone to say they have the absolute truth about God?

Here is the first article in a series of Christian Apologetics articles called “That’s a Good Question”, which have appeared in the Three Hills Capital . As always, your comments are welcome!

That’s a Good Question #1

Isn’t it arrogant for someone to say they have the absolute truth about God?

Many people today are asking tough questions about Christianity, such as “Don’t all religions basically say the same thing?” and “How can a thinking person believe in God in our day and age?”. These are tough but fair questions and they deserve to be answered. Over the coming weeks, I will be writing a series of articles that address some of these tough questions. This week I will start off with a common question in our society: “Isn’t it arrogant for someone to say they have the absolute truth about God?”

When we talk about absolute truth, we invite the question of whether or not such knowledge even exists.  However it must be admitted that we accept absolute truth in our daily lives, for we could not otherwise function in our world. For example, when I get a statement from my bank, I find my bank balance in black and white. I haven’t tried it, but I don’t expect it would do me much good to enter into a philosophical debate about absolute truth with my bank, in trying to convince them that my bank balance should not be viewed as absolute truth, and that in my view of truth, the balance should be considerably higher!  When it comes to banking, we all accept the reality of absolute truth.

However, when it comes to talk of religion, we often change our tune, discouraging people from speaking in absolutes. Many people say that no one can know the absolute truth about God.  While it sounds plausible at first, this statement is actually self defeating. For if we say that no one can know the absolute truth about God, are we not making a statement that claims to know an absolute truth about God (that no one can know the absolute truth about Him)?  In attempting to dismiss absolute truth regarding religion, this statement assumes its existence.

So what do you think? If absolute truth about God exists, is claiming to have this truth arrogant? Is it well meaning but foolish? Or is it reasonable?

Many people think that claiming absolute truth about God is arrogant because they assume that the claims of Christianity are unverifiable. They assume that Christians may be well meaning, but they are also naïve, making unproven statements about God based solely on personal faith. Maybe this describes how you feel about Christians: nice enough, but naïve.  If there were no evidence to support the Christian faith, then I might agree with this assessment. However, there is in fact an incredible quantity and quality of evidence available, about many topics such as the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible, and the existence of God. Many people are not aware that there are good answers to these and other tough questions. But the answers exist, and I think it can be said that Christianity is a reasonable faith.

Having a faith that is based on a solid foundation of evidence suggests reasonableness and fairness rather than arrogance and folly. It even suggests humility, for it takes humility to put aside preconceived notions and be willing to follow the evidence to wherever it leads.

In coming weeks we will look at some of the evidence for Christianity, and I hope it will be of interest to you and maybe even challenge your thinking in a positive way, as we look at answers to some of the tough questions about Christianity.

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