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The Logic of Truth

January 30, 2017

Truth is one. It is consistent. It has a narrative that supports it. This automatically opens itself up for negation, the negation of that which contradicts/opposes truth. For automatically ‘what is’ also can’t be ‘what isn’t’ at the same time and in the same sense! And this description of truth is reiterated by both men of old and women of today:

I remember reading in Joni Eareckson Tada’s (a this generation lady’s) devotional: of how a certain TV presenter (if I recall right) discussed (in Joni’s audience) the possibility of the Christian message being untrue at the end of time. Considering herself in that circumstance she wrote: should that be the case I would “collapse in horror.” I would think such a response totally appropriate and called-for given the lofty claims the Bible makes and the ramifications it carries with it.

And that’s also the position of the Bible, most interestingly illustrated by Paul in these stark words some 2000 years back:

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. (I Cor 15:12-19)

It’s the childlike honesty of the Christian faith that bowls me over! This is the kind of truth we need in our courts, our legal systems, our coffee table discussions, for it’s the toleration of the wishy-washy lie (that accepts and condones the coexistence of the thing and its opposite at the same time and in the same sense) that has been to the undoing of all humankind as one. We need courage my friends to put our claims (to truth) to the test!

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