- Everything is an interpretation, including the view that “it’s just your interpretation.”
- No one as absolute proof about anything. We do the best we can. That’s life.
- Christians don’t claim absolute proof. We claim trust rooted in evidence.
- It’s not just one persons interpretation but over one billion. A billion people can be wrong but a careful thinker should examine the claims before dismissing them.
- ‘Truth’ does not require ‘proof.’ For example, “I have a winning lottery ticket.” Just because the person has no proof does not mean they do not have a winning ticket.
- Is all truth realative? Are you absolutely sure? If so, this would be an absolute truth and the statement is therefore false.
- People who say, “That’s just your opinion/interpretation” mean that their statement is true for everyone. But if they were consistant they’d just have to say that it’s their opinion/interpretation and they could be wrong.
- If all claims are just an interpretation, there is no truth to search for, just opinions.
- Some consider absolute truth claims to be close-minded. Therefore, these people are close-minded to the idea of finding truth: it’s contradictory.
- The claim that all truth is just opinion/interpretation is a truth claim and therefore contradictory and hypocritical.
Recently I was talking with a guy who claimed to be a Christian and lived with his girlfriend. He said they were not sexually active because he was disabled. I asked, “So if you were not disabled, you would be sexually active?” He said “yes.”
At another time I was talking with a guy who claimed to be a Christian who was living with his fiancee. He was also having an affair with a woman at work. He wanted to stop the affair but the woman kept on pursuing him. So I asked, “If you could stop the affair, do you feel your relationship with God would be ok?” He said “yes.”
Jesus said that unless we repent we will perish (Luke 13:3). This repentance must be genuine, for not everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ is saved (Matthew 7:21). Living together is often called ‘living in sin.” I call it ‘first degree sinning’ because it is premeditated, planned sinning.
Recently, a politician who claimed to be a Christian was caught cheating on his wife. He begging for forgiveness and she did so. But after some time, he asked his wife if he could resume the affair. She said, “It’s one thing to forgive adultery but another to condone it.” She ended up soon divorcing him.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God (Matthew 22:37). Just as the politicians wife realized her husband did not love her, doesn’t God see right through those who claim to love Him but live in sin? Those living this way risk an eternal divorce from God. Jesus said we love God by obeying his commandments (1 John 5:3). Love God – repent and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
If a bias is a point of view, then everyone with a point of view on something is biased. The question is contradictory.
In a court of law, eyewitnesses offer stronger testimony than non-eyewitnesses. Therefore, the biblical writers offer the best evidence for Jesus. “But they were very biased; they can’t be trusted!” The amount of bias is a consideration but not solely. Should the eyewitness testimony of Jewish holocaust survivors be rejected because they were very biased? Some Nazi’s and Muslim would say yes, but is that not due to their even greater bias? If one is going to reject all bias, if held consistently, they’d have to reject everyone’s testimony, their own testimony, and their own position.