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Why Can They Claim Truth?

How can it be reasonable for Christians to claim knowledge of an objective truth? Why is it that they can say they know for a fact that God exists or that Jesus was raised from the dead? Well, the two propositions have an objective truth value, meaning that people’s personal opinions on the matter cannot change the reality of the statements. Water is wet and one plus one equals two are examples of objective truths. So, God either exists or he does not and Jesus either rose from the dead or he did not, but what people say or think about that will not alter the facts. That is what it means when a proposition is objective.

Furthermore, to make this even more practical, imagine a scenario in which people are trying to solve basic arithmetic problems. While doing so, one may say that five plus two equals eight and another might say, “No, five plus two equals seven.” However, only one of them is right. There is only one correct answer to that math problem, no matter what one person might say to the other. The same goes with whether or not God is real or if Jesus rose from the dead. There is only one right answer, no matter what anyone says or feels about it.

With that in mind, how can Christians claim to know that a proposition is completely true if their feelings and opinions do not change the truth? The answer is simple. They can claim knowledge because they have evidence. Many will point to the feelings and experiences they have had with God as evidence, but despite the authenticity of some of those experiences, they technically cannot prove objective truths. However, if we set aside Christians’ personal experiences with God, we still have evidence as to why biblical events are to be viewed as objective truths.

The primary source of evidence would be the Bible. Verses describing God, Jesus’ resurrection, and other truths can be found throughout Scripture. For example, 1 John 1 declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” and Luke 26:6-7 states, “He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise” (ESV). Additionally, the prophetic writings of the Bible can point to the evidence Christians have to claim that such biblical events are indeed objective truths. From all the prophecies about Jesus the Messiah that have been fulfilled, people can further observe the truth of Scripture. Moreover, there are many other evidences of God’s existence and Jesus’ resurrection than those mentioned. Here are some resources that provide further research on the topics:

https://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html

https://www.firstdallas.org/icampus-blog/proof-of-the-resurrection2/

https://www.learnreligions.com/proofs-of-the-resurrection-700603

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEsas0imGrY

These evidences do not come from one’s feelings on the matter, but rather from facts. Despite the facts, numerous Christians have become tolerant of the world around them. When asked to determine whether or not the statement “God exists” is subjective or objective, many Christians have struggled to answer because they look at their faith as simply an opinion. Though they feel it is the truth that God exists, lots of them have become less confident in their beliefs. However, as Christians we must stop treating our faith as though it is merely an opinion. It is the truth, nothing more and nothing less, and whether or not one believes God is real does not change the reality of His existence.

In conclusion, in spite of the evidence Christians have for objective truths, it is ultimately impossible for anyone to know the “why” behind everything or to fully understand God and his character because we are finite beings attempting to grasp knowledge of an infinite being. At times, Christians will not have complete evidence to back up their claims, but that is where faith comes in. Though faith is, in fact, a major part of Christianity, it is not a blind faith because they have evidence to prove why they believe and know what they do. Although some Christians do become so wrapped up in trying to prove God’s existence with physical proof that they lose sight of the faith aspect, we must find a balance between faith and facts. Yes, having evidence to prove the truths of the Bible is important, but having faith in those truths despite there not always being complete proof is vital to the Christian walk.

5 Comments

  1. You made a really good point in that “God exists” is an objective truth. I need to remember that my faith isn’t my opinion, it’s the truth!

  2. Great Job Alayna! Thank you for this article because it will help me to remember that my faith is not my opinion but it is the truth that God exists!?

  3. AWESOME JOB, SUCH TRUTH

  4. this is so good!! ????

  5. I understand that as a Christian, it can be challenging when people question our words and religion. However, I think having an open mind and understanding other perspectives invites conversation; what the ultimate goal in christianity should be (since it leads to conversion). One thing religion and other opinions have in common is the fact that we need to bring up this “discussion” and conversation. We are convincing others to join our belief and accept Jesus. I personally believe it is unreasonable to compare inviting discussion like so in christianity to addition of mathematics, because nobody would even contradict that claim in the first place, and it is not something you need to debate over. But religion is. We need to know how to debate and answer difficult questions. If we say “oh, well it is just subjective,” that does not really invite much of a discussion. I do not think it is incorrect if I say “I believe a god does exist,” because it is ultimately my opinion that it is fact he is existing, if that makes any sense lol. I do not take offense to anyone saying “I believe God doesn’t exist”, but to instead say “God doesn’t exist” comes off as more hostile and I suddenly don’t feel like debating that person anymore. I’m sure the opposite must be true too for an atheist / follower of a differing belief to christianity too. Saying “God exists” puts people on defense, making them want to challenge you immediately, rather than just saying “this is my belief.”