Can Your Truth Be Your Own?

Everybody believes in the truth. Christians say what they believe is true. Muslims say what they believe is true. Atheist say what they believe is true. Can they all be right? Maybe they are all wrong. Is truth subjective? Can truth really mean whatever you want it to mean?

Obviously, the idea that everyone has their own truth is absurd. Everyone may have their own belief, but only one can actually be true. If there is no God, then Atheism is true, and all religions of the world are false. If there is a God, then Atheism is false, and at least one of the world religions has to be true.

But that’s the trick; separating belief from reality. It’s no problem believing things that aren’t true, especially if it makes us feel good.

So you have to ask yourself, if what you believe is true. Your first thought will be, yes, of course. No one wants to admit they are wrong. But someone has to be wrong. Have you thought about what you believe? And why?

What of Hitler? What of his beliefs? Should we have let him be, simply because he believed that his was right; his beliefs were true?

Do you believe science? How about this headline? Mummies reveal heart disease plagued ancient Egyptians.

A study done of 22 mummies revealed that heart disease plagued ancient Egyptians. Plagued? This study may show that heart disease existed then, but it certainly doesn’t show that it plagued society. Only the rich and famous, the rulers, were mummified. We are talking about a very small cross section of the ancient Egyptians. They are certainly not a indicator of society as a whole. But the media ran with this, and how many people across the country, and maybe the world, now believe that heart disease plagued the ancient Egyptians. So, do you still think science is fully trustworthy?

If science has published results, such as this, incorrectly, or in a misleading way, what else have they published? I’m sure a lot of their findings are correct, particularly with modern, observable, science, but it is the speculative assumptions that worry me. Evolution, anyone?

Can your truth be your own? Only if it really is true.

Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV, John 14:6)

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Evolution Is Essential

Whether by accident, chance, or whatever it’s called, macro evolution is essential to the atheist. Anything other than accident or chance means that there had to be some intent, direction, or guidance–God–in the creation of our universe and us. So, does the existence of God ride on whether evolution can be proven or not? Many people, Christians and Atheists alike, think so.

The problem that many Christians have is that evolution “contradicts” the story of Genesis. Many Christians place too much emphasis on the literal translation of the Bible, instead of focusing on the message. The message of Genesis is that God created the universe, and then He created man, and man messed it up (and continues to do so). Whether God created the universe in six days, six thousand years, or through evolution, should be irrelevant to the Christian. The fact, and most important point, remains that God created it.

I am not opposed to the idea of evolution because I feel threatened in my Christianity; I do not. I believe that God created this world and set it in motion. It is a well-oiled machine. As such, we are able to explore it and even figure it out to a certain degree.

Science continually brings new discoveries to the table. As a Christian I look at the evidence presented by both Christian and Atheist scientists, and I’m in awe of the spectacular design of the universe. The atheist looks at the evidence presented by the Atheist scientist, dismisses the Christian evidence, and misinterprets the data. They see an irrational sequence of events–lucky for us!

Looking at all the evidence will not prove the existence of God; it can only reinforce it if you already believe. What looking at all the evidence does do, is show the irrational position of those who buy into evolution. This is the way it must be for the Atheist. Once the atheist questions the reality of evolution, he or she must ask, “What else am I wrong about?”

The truth is that evolution is really all about atheism; it is the only alternative to creationism. Evolution “validates” the non-existence of God for the atheist. They don’t believe in God–or any higher intelligence–so if evolution fails to pan out, those who are supposedly “smarter” will be forced say, “I don’t know.” What other option is there? After all, we didn’t just appear from the dust on our own.

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Life, Part 1

Last Sunday, during a ‘Compassion Forum’ sponsored by the not-for-profit group Faith in Public Life at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, said, “the potential for life begins at conception.”

According to Dictionary.com, conception is “fertilization; inception of pregnancy.” According to Merriam-Webster OnLine, conception is “the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both.”

The definition of conception is not the beginning of life, but the beginning of a new individual. Life, is already present.

It’s time for a quick review of basic sex education. Man and woman come together. Man provides sperm–a living cell. Woman provides egg–a living cell. When the living sperm comes together with the living egg, fertilization takes place. The living sperm and the living egg transfer their two lives to one living embryo. One plus one equal one.

What this means, is that life is an ongoing, unbroken chain. It began as a gift, given from God to Adam and Eve. Ever since, men and women have been passing that gift to their children. Pregnancy is not new life, it is a new individual who now has the gift of life that has been passed from two parents. There is no new life. In order for there to be new life, there would have been no life at some point during the process, which means that one of the cells involved would have had to have died. When we bring new life into the world, it is a figure of speech. So life does not begin, or renew, or whatever, with pregnancy, it continues or transfers.

The potential for life begins during sex. Pregnancy begins, at conception, once the transfer of life is complete.

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