Truth is Absolute vs. Truth is Relative  



Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? -
“I don’t know and don’t care."

 "Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can't really get rid of it."
C S Lewis

"Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find
the same man going back on this a moment later."
C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity

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Truth is Absolute vs. Truth is Relative


The Good!

Truth is Absolute

Is there such a thing as Absolute Truth?

The truth is narrow
Of course truth is narrow. There is only one answer for what is 4+4. It is not 1.
It is not 2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 or any other number. It is 8 and only 8.
That’s narrow, but it is correct.
Non-Christians often claim that Christians are narrow-minded because they claim that
Christianity is true and all non-Christian systems are false. However, the same is true
of non-Christians who claim that what they view as truth is true, and all opposing beliefs
are false. That is equally narrow. The fact of the matter is that if C (Christianity) is true,
then it follows that all non-C is false. Likewise, if H (say, Humanism) is true,
then all non-H is false. Both views are equally narrow. That’s the way truth is.
Each truth claim excludes contradictory truth claims. Christianity is no more narrow than
is any other set of beliefs, whether atheism, agnosticism, skepticism, or pantheism.



The Bad!

Truth is Relative

What is Truth?
If truth is relative, then absolute right and absolute wrong become doubtful and obscure.
And if truth is relative, then only subjective and indefinite answers exist for the purpose
and meaning of life. So is there any absolute or real truth in this complex and uncertain world?

Consider the statement: “There is no absolute truth
If that statement is true, then it automatically makes itself false.
In other words, how can that statement itself be true, if there is no absolute truth?
However, if that statement is false, then it follows that there is indeed some absolute truth somewhere.
If there’s no absolute truth:
Then nothing you do matters. If one action is no better than another, and there is no standard
by which to determine what’s positive or negative, then there is essentially no purpose to life.
You can’t say that you made a positive difference in the world because there
is no measure of what positive action might be. Without a standard of absolute truth,
there is no real difference between Mother Teresa and Adolf Hitler. All that you do,
whether “good” or “bad”, means nothing. (Source)


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C. S. Lewis, a former atheist, who did listen to Christ, was just as disconcerted as I am about the people who patronize Jesus’ existence.   In his1943 radio broadcasts which later became the book, Mere Christianity, Lewis speaks words which apply to the placating intellectuals of his day as well those of our day.  He says, "I am trying to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Jesus.  They say, ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God."  Lewis makes the case that a man who says the sort of thing Jesus said would not be considered a great moral teacher.  He would be either a lunatic on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg, or the Devil of Hell.  Lewis continues, "Either this man was and is the Son of God or else a madman. But don’t come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. Jesus has not left that open to us.  He did not intend to." (Source)

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