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Feb 19

reThink: Both can’t be right, but they can both be wrong

Relativism is not a single doctrine but a family of views whose common theme is that some central aspect of experience, thought, evaluation, or even reality is somehow relative to something else. For example standards of justification, moral principles, or truth is sometimes said to be relative to language, culture, or biological makeup. Also, it is the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid and that all truth is relative to the individual. (published by Stanford Ecyclopedia of Philophesy)

 

If all truth is relative, then the statement “All truth is relative” would be absolutely true.  If it is absolutely true, then not all things are relative and the statement that “All truth is relative” is false.

The statement “There are no absolute truths” is an absolute statement which is supposed to be true.  Therefore, it is an absolute truth and “There are no absolute truths” is false.

If there are no absolute truths then you cannot believe anything absolutely at all, including that there are no absolute truths.  Therefore, nothing could be really true for you – including relativism.

 

The point here is an unfortunate one because more than ever people are believing in their feelings over truth. The bad thing about this is they are not able to know the difference. They truly believe that their feeling about a topic are objectively true all the time. The funny thing about truth is no matter what you believe, the truth is still going to be true. We do know about absolute truth when two competing truths are examined. They are either both wrong or one is right, but both cannot be right. A typical example is when someone would say that “It is true for you that Jesus is the only way to God, but to a Muslim, Mohammed would be the only way.”  Such statements ignore the logical possibilities of having two “only-ways” to God

 

Adam Jay Martin

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.- John 14:6

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