Confused About Truth?

Posted: April 8, 2014 in World On The Edge

How do you define Truth?

Here’s a story, an Aesop’s Fable:

file0001320657033 (1)Truth and the Traveler

A wayfaring man traveling in the desert, met a woman standing alone and terribly dejected. He inquired of her, “Who art thou?”

“My name is Truth,” she replied.

“Why have you left the city to dwell alone here in the wilderness?” he asked.

She answered, “Because in former times, falsehood was with only a few,  but is now with all men.”

This may be the case of truth and lies today. Often things that are presented to us as Truth are from the minds of those who find it easy to lie for their own profit.

Many of us  say we want to know ‘the truth,’ but often it’s  a truth that is convenient for us and relative to our situation, a Relative Truth.  As far as others and ‘their  truth’ —we want to be thought of as  tolerant, so we may  accept whatever anybody says, because if  it is right for them, then it must be truth. (Let’s just hope that ‘somebody’ who thinks he’s right isn’t a serial killer who believes murder is the only way to go. Or a man who believes the way to control his wife is through his fists. Or a drug dealer who sells to ten year olds.)

Relative truth is about belief. We can believe something true even though it is not nessesarily so.

So doesn’t there have to be an Absolute Truth? A knowledge beyond doubt?

And how do we decipher the difference between Relative Truth and Absolute Truth?

Think about this: it is absolutely true that we must breathe oxygen,  and if we don’t we will not live. If someone else says  his opinion is that we could breath water, we know it’s untrue.

If relativism were true, then the world would be full of contradictory conditions. If something is true for me but false for you, then opposite conditions exist. For example,  if I say “The cat is at the door,”  and you say “there is no cat at the door”– – and if we both think we’re right, then  the cat must be at the door at the same time he’s not at the door. But that is impossible. So, if truth were relative, then an impossible would be legitimate.

Remember the old adage, All that glitters is not gold, meaning that not everything that looks precious or true turns out to be so. This can apply to people, places, or things that promise to be more than they really are.

Absolute Truth. comes from God. And especially today, we need to seek it. 

“Truth must be sought at all costs, but separate isolated truths will not do. Truth is like life; it has to be taken on its entirety or not at all. . . . We must welcome truth even if it reproaches and inconveniences us — even if it appears in the place where we thought it could not be found.” —Bishop Fulton Sheen

If we are hoping for eternal life, I hope the desire to seek absolute truth will be necessity for each of us.


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