So I think most agree that real truth exists. The question now lies in how about we determine that that is. What is real truth? Is it logic, emotion, the Bible, Jesus or some kind of manifestation in our minds? How do we determine this? I took an epistemology class and we used logic to prove what real truth was. I’m starting to understand that logic in many ways falls short. I am completely baffled when we get to this question. I’ve come into contact with so many conflicting views, and unfortunately, by default I choose my own logical conclusions, which are full of fallacies and inconsistencies.
For instance, many people believe the Bible to be truth. There are many problems with this option. For starters, how do we determine that the Bible is our truth? Did we logically come to that conclusion? Or do we trust what the Bible says about itself? Or maybe we trust Jesus to be the truth, but then how do we know about Jesus but through the Bible? Maybe it’s a combination of both Jesus and the Bible. We need the Bible to believe in Jesus because that is our historical source of his life and mission, and we need Jesus for the Bible to be truth because the entire Bible is centered on Jesus.
Here is my problem with all this. If I didn’t write this sentence, most people would probably leave comments on this post listing reasons and proofs as to why we need to truth the Bible as our absolute truth to knowing Jesus who is our absolute truth. People will be using logic, over and over again, without knowing it, to prove the view of believing in the Bible and Jesus as their kung-fu combo for truth. So does that mean that technically logic is our absolute truth since it is used for determining what we determine as absolute truth?
Then there will be the others that will argue that we determine absolute truth by faith, and they will logically prove that they need to accept it by faith. Again, logic is the foundation of their arguments. How can anything ever be proven wrong, how can you tell anyone what they believe in is wrong or right if you aren’t using logic.
I have a hard time escaping logic when it comes to determining what truth is in my life. I don’t think I believe anything that is illogical. There are things that I believe that probably have good arguments to prove and disprove it, but I don’t think I have one belief that is illogical. Do you? What is it? If logic isn’t the basis of what is absolute truth to you, what is it?