Answer: Truth is what matches its object. Truth corresponds to the facts.
Truth is telling it like it is.
Question: What is Truth? Answer: Truth is telling it like it is “ This object is a table.”
“ Truth is not telling like it is!” Denying Truth is Self-Defeating “ Isn’t that telling it like it is?”
A Self-Defeating Statement “ There is no truth.” “ Is that true?”
A Self-Defeating Statement “ You can’t know truth.” “ How do you know that is true?”
A Self-Defeating Statement “ It’s true for me but not for every one!” “ Is that true for every one?”
“ There is no absolute truth!” A Self-Defeating Statement “ Is that absolutely true?”
“ You should doubt everything!” A Self-Defeating Statement “ Should I doubt that ?”
A Self-Defeating Statement “ Opposites are both true.” “ Is the opposite of that true? ”
Opposites cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense. The Law of Non-Contradiction If any one denies this, then beat him and burn him until he admits that to be beaten is not the same as not to be beaten, and to be burned is not the same as not to be burned. ---Avicenna
“ Once hydrogen has been burned within that star and converted to heavier elements, it can never be restored to its original state. Minute by minute and year by year, as hydrogen is used up in stars, the supply of this element in the universe grows smaller” ( Jastrow , God and the Astronomers, 15-16 ).
"The scientists pursuit of the past ends in the moment of creation. This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but theologians. They have always accepted the word of the Bible: `In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth'" ( Jastrow , God and the Astronomers, 115).
2. There can’t be an endless series of moments before today.
a. An endless series has no end.
b. But today is the end of the series of all days before today.
c. Therefore, the series of days before today is not endless (it had a beginning).
"The harmony of natural law . . . reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection" (in Heeren , Shew Me God, 66).
Intelligent Design from an Intelligent Being! (Mom) T K E O U H G R B M T T E E A A A G O M _
"The conclusion of intelligent design flows naturally from the data itself--not from sacred books or sectarian beliefs…. Life on earth at its most fundamental level, in its most critical components, is the product of intelligent activity" (Behe, Darwin’s Black Box).
c. Relativists would not be able to say “We should never say ‘never.’”
“ This world is absolutely unjust!” What’s the Standard for Judgment? “ How can he know what is absolutely un -just without knowing what is absolutely just?”
[As an atheist] my argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. Straight Line = Absolute Standard We can’t know what is not-just unless we know what is Just. C. S. Lewis , Mere Christianity, 45.
“ Mother Teresa is better than Hitler” We can’t make moral comparison without an objective moral standard. But we do. Which one would you hire to baby sit your children?
An Outside Standard of Measurement “ The moment you say that one set of moral ideas can be better than another, you are, in fact, measuring them both by a standard, saying that one of them conforms to that standard more nearly than the other. But the standard that measures two things is something different from either.” C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity, 25.
2. Your should always avoid using the word “always.”
3. You should absolutely avoid the word “absolute.”
Summary of Reason Three 1. Every moral law has a moral lawgiver. 2. There is an absolute moral law. 3. Therefore, there is an absolute Moral Lawgiver.
Question: What Kind of God Exists? Answer: A Theistic God He is super-powerful —reason 1 He is super-intelligent —reason 2 He is morally perfect —reason 3 Note: He is as different from the world as: 1. A Cause from its effect. 2. An Author from his book 3. A Lawgiver from his law.
The Three Major Views of God Atheism No God at all Pantheism God is all God made all Theism
“ In extraordinary ways, modern archaeology has affirmed the historical core of the Old and New Testaments— corroborating key portions of the stories of Israel’s patriarchs, the Exodus, the Davidic monarchy, and the life and times of Jesus.”
(Jeffery Sheler, “Is the Bible True,” US News & World Report , October 25, 1999, 52)
Jesus: Liar, Lord or Lunatic? “ I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish things that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would rather be a lunatic - on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg - Or else he would be the Devil of Hell” ( C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity , 55-56).
2. His mother, friends and, closest disciple witnessed his death.
3. Roman soldiers, who were professional executioners, pronounced him dead.
4. The spear in His side assured His death.
5. The Roman authority Pilate confirmed His death.
6. Jewish and secular historians recorded His death (Josephus, Tacitus, Thallus, Lucian, Phelgon, and The Jewish Talmud.)
7. Modern medical authorities confirmed His death.
Medical Confirmation “ Clearly, the weight of historical and medical evidence indicates that Jesus was dead before the wound to his side was inflicted and supports the traditional view that the spear, thrust between his right rib, probably perforated not only the right lung but also the pericardium and heart and thereby ensured his death. Accordingly, interpretations based on the assumption that Jesus did not die on the cross appear to be at odds with modern medical knowledge" ( JAMA March 21,1986, p. 1463).
Question : “Is the Bible the Word of God? Answer: The Son of God Affirmed the OT:
It is divinely authoritative (Mt. 4:4, 7, 10)
It is imperishable (Mt. 5:17-18)
It is infallible (Jn. 10:35)
It is inerrant (without error) (Mt. 22:29)
It is historically reliable (Mt. 12:40; Mt. 24:37-38)
It is scientifically accurate (Mt. 19:4-5)
It has ultimate supremacy (Mt. 15:3, 6)
The Son of God Promised the NT “ But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things , and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (Jn. 14:26). “ However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth ; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (Jn. 16:13).
John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 10:1,9 “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber…. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.”