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Triumphal Truth Essay

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What is truth, where did it originate from, and why is it so heavily disputed? Noah Webster defines truth as, “conformity to fact or reality.” In the world around us, we all agree that various actions—stealing, murdering, and lying—are accepted as wrong while others—giving, loving, and obeying—are acknowledged as right. Since we build on the social norms of our ancestors, we have the freedom to build and change past standards to match our surrounding culture or our own view of right and wrong. This mindset of relativistic truth reflects the evolutionistic worldview—creation of the physical world occurred through mutations and creation of thought and reason develops through relativism. On a ...view middle of the document...

” Essentially, a professor can establish his own truth as well as a two year old. Whatever an individual attributes to truth is true. Due to the broadness of relativism, Slick categorizes relativism into three groups—cognitive, ethical, and situational relativism. Slick says that cognitive relativism affirms that, “no objective standard of truth [can] be found,” and, “deny[s] the belief that rational thought can discover and verify truth.” Cognitive relativism rejects objective and rational means for discovering truth. All truth stands on equal status. As for ethical relativism, “right and wrong are not absolute and must be determined in society by a combination of observation, logic, social preferences and patterns, experience, emotions, and “rules” that seem to bring the most benefit” (Slick). As with ethical relativism, benefit guides every decision for an accepted standard of right and wrong—though they are prone to change. Practicing and establishing relativistic beliefs originates through the means of situational relativism where, “situation[s] determines moral truth” (Slick). Daily, relativists establish relativistic truth through their reactions to various situations. Whatever benefits the relativist at the time is seen as right. The development of a relativistic mindset begins at a young age. As a child grows up they filter in or out various truths, opinions, preferences to establish their customized relativistic mindset which they will analyze incoming information. The various aspects of relativism shape the evolving mindsets of relativists.
Relativism offers illusory promises which betrays through its detrimental consequences. In order to fully accept relativism, relativists must reject everything that verifies absolute truth.
Since absolute truth originates from God, relativists reject him and the truths found in his word—the Bible. Relativists also reject Christians for they uphold the truthfulness of God. Even within the realm of relativists, tolerism must be practiced because conflicting truths clash. In the light of reality, relativists suppress the truth of God in their unrighteousness. “For,” God says in Romans 1:20 that, “since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Can the denial of truth annul its very nature? We, as God’s creation, bear within ourselves the recognition of the Godhead of God which cannot be erased by our suppression of the truth. Those who attempt to eradicate all thoughts of God embrace relativism by becoming a god to themselves. Relativists reject God’s standard for marriage—“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24)”—by accepting homosexuality. In Leviticus 18:22 it says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Maud Daudon, President and CEO of the...

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