- 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.
Truth is Not Wishful Thinking
Truth is not what equals wishful thinking. For example, I wish to determine my own way to heaven, therefore, I do. But in the case of heaven it is God who determines who is admitted and no amount of wishful thinking will change that.
Not All Truth is Relative
The most prevalent competing view of truth is that truth can be show to be false with three questions:
- Are you sure?
- Really sure?
- Absolutely sure?
If the answer is no, then there can be absolute truth. But if the answer is yes, then all truth is not relative, for there is at least one absolute truth, which is that all true is relative. But if there is one absolute truth, why can’t there be more? Indeed there are. For example, all people should always be loving and intelligent.
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