Nearly all people demand truth in many areas of their lives. For example, we demand truth from loved ones (no one wants lies from a spouse or a child), doctors (we want the right medicine prescribed and the right operations performed), financial advisors (we want their best advice, not self-serving advice), courts (we want justice and fairness, not bias and prejudice), employers (we want honesty and fair pay) and airlines (we demand safe planes and sober pilots). The truth can sometimes be elusive, but we want the truth when we read, watch the news, and listen to advertisers, teachers and politicians. We assume that road signs, medicine bottles and food labels reveal the truth. In reality, we demand the truth in virtually every facet of life that affects our money, relationships and health.
So why then do so many people not demand or see truth in morality and religion? Why do so many people say, "That's true for you but not for me," when they are talking about morality or religion? Modern culture, expressed in media, entertainment, political discourse and personal viewpoints, is full of attacks on a Divine Truth. Listen to the messages even briefly and one hears the similar chord--"truth does not exist"; "everything is relative"; "there are no absolutes"; "it's all a matter of opinion"; "you ought not judge"; and "religion is about faith, not facts". Americans never seem to think of saying these things when talking about health with a doctor or money with a stockbroker. But too often when it comes to morality, too often when it comes to faith in God, these have become culturally acceptable viewpoints.
In order to discuss the existence and nature of truth with others effectively and lovingly, as God desires, we should prepare ourselves to address the following questions:
1. What is truth?
2. Can truth be known?
3. Can truths about God be known?
The following materials, selected by our ministry team at CBC, cover these three questions in some depth.