What is Truth?

I will give credits immediately to cover any chance of plagiarism. Quotes are from the Kindle Book, “What is Truth?” by RZIM.

“A 1994 poll by the Barna Group revealed that 72 percent of American adults—that’s almost three out of four—agreed with he statement that there is “no such thing as absolute truth; two people could define truth in totally conflicting ways, but both still be correct.”

“The logical system is built on four fundamental laws, laws that are impossible to argue against without at the same time proving them.” “…two of them. First is the Law of Noncontradiction. This law affirms that no two contradictory statements can be both true and false at the same time in the same sense. To deny the Law of Non contradiction is only to affirm it, for to say that the Law of Non contradiction is not true is to assume that the denial is true and the law is not. But that is precisely what the law says—that two contradictory statements cannot both be true. There is no way to get around this.”

“The second foundational law is the Law of Rational Inference. By that we mean that inferences can be made from what is known to what is unknown. No once could prove any point without the Law of Rational Inference. There are conclusions that may be legitimately drawn when statements are true and the argument containing those statements is valid…”

“In short, therefore, truth boils down to two tests: Statements must correspond to reality, and any system of thought that is developed as a result must be coherent. The correspondence and coherence tests are applied by all of us in matter that affect us. Therefore, when Jesus said,” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me, “he was making a very reasonable statement by affirming truth’s exclusivity. The question one may legitimately ask is whether He demonstrated that claim rather than just stating it.”

“One commonly held belief is “Truth is what you sincerely believe.” Sincerity, according to this statement, makes something true—a kind of reality-creation. But I can think of a lot of things that are false or wrong no matter how sincerely one might believe that they are “true” or “good”—sincere serial-killing, sincere rape, sincere torture, sincere random shootings, sincere Fascism, sincere Satanism. Sincerity does not make 2+2=5, nor does it alter the law of gravity. Simply by sincerely believing, I can’t bring my lost loved one back from the dead.”

“Furthermore, this “sincere-belief” criterion for truth says, in essence, “You are wrong and mistaken if you disagree with my view that sincere belief makes something true.” So the person who believes that reality is not created by sincerity can reply: “What if I sincerely believe that that believing something sincerely does not make something true?”

“You hear it a thousand times and more growing up in the East—”We all come through different routes and end up in the same place.” But I say to you, God is not a place or an experience or a feeling. Pluralistic cultures are beguiled by the cosmetically courteous idea that sincerity or privilege of birth is all that counts and that truth is subject to the beholder. In no other discipline of life can one be so naïve as to claim inherited belief or insistent belief as the sole determiner of truth. Why, then do we make the catastrophic error of thinking that all religions are right and that it does not matter whether the claims they make are objectively true? All religions are not the same. All religions do not point to God.”