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  • Lynn Holzinger

True or False? There is No Objective Truth

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Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32

I recently heard senators in the Kavanah hearing say, "It's her truth, and that's all that matters." I asked myself, "What does that mean? She (Christine Blasey Ford) is accusing Kavanah of rape and either he did it or he didn't." If her truth is different from his truth, someone's truth is not true! The truth of what happened that night is objective...he did or he didn't do it. How can any rational person believe otherwise? And yet, the claim that there is no objective truth is being taught in many universities across the country, and it is seeping into the culture. The claim comes out of a desire for personal autonomy, saying things like "Don't tell me...I will decide who I am, what I am, where I go, what I do, what I believe, what I think, and what is true. And if you don't accept me the way I am, you are an intolerant person." Tolerance has become more important than truth.

There are two kinds of truth: objective and subjective. Objective truth is rooted in the object. Subjective truth is rooted in the subject (the individual) and can be different from person to person. Objective truth doesn't change because I decide it's not true. For example, look at these two statements and choose which one is objective and which one is subjective:

Chocolate is made from cacao seeds

Chocolate tastes better than pizza

Which statement is opinion and subject to change, and which statement is a truth claim that can only be true or false? You may disagree that chocolate tastes better than pizza because that is a matter of opinion or preference, but if you claim that chocolate is made from mud because you don't like chocolate and you don't like mud, that doesn't make it true. The truth is, either chocolate is made from cacao seeds, or it's not, but it's not made from mud because you say it is. The truth is everyone believes in objective truths.

Another way you can approach someone who claims there is no objective truth is to ask them if the statement, "There is no objective truth," is objectively true? If there are no objective truths than that statement cannot be objectively true. The goal at this point in the conversation is to help the person who says there is no objective truth to see how what they are saying doesn't make sense. What the person is really saying is I want to decide what is objective and what is subjective; and we especially see this when it comes to faith.

When it comes to the claims about God's existence, God is the object. He either exists, or He doesn't. It's not a matter of opinion. The same with the Bible; it's either God's Word or it isn't. Jesus is either the Son of God, or He isn't. No one gets to decide for themselves if these things are true or not. A person can choose what to believe, but their belief doesn't determine the truth.

Answering the question about whether there is objective truth or not is a starting point, and from there it is important to know how to defend the objective truth claims you make about God, the Bible and Jesus. But talking about that is for another post!

Source: Cold-Case Christianity: Quick Shot Responses to "There are No Objective Truths"

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