Truth isn’t truth

“Truth isn’t truth!” is the most ridiculous statement President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudi Gulliani has said so far in a news interview. It is like saying one is not equal to one. What he was trying to say was that Trump’s truth was different from Cohen’s truth, but even that sounds ridiculous!

For decades, many have argued for relativism – the idea that there is no absolute truth in the areas of belief and morality. Trump’s legal team are trying to leverage moral relativism into matters of law. Specifically over whether hush payments to a porno actress during the presidential campaign are legal or not.

The idea that there can be no absolute truth is self defeating. To say there are no absolutes is itself an absolute. It is trying to bring preferences into matters of right and wrong or whether any idea is true or not. What is considered right and wrong in society changes as culture changes. That though is inherently selfish – if there is no such thing as right and wrong, then stealing is right, until someone steals from me, when it becomes wrong again. What you end up with is a mess!

Some of my friends have said of my Christian faith that if it is true for you then good for you, but it is not true for me. C.S. Lewis argued “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. “

The claim of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ died on our behalf for our wrongdoing. On the third day he rose again thereby defeating the power of sin and death. If Jesus is still dead, the Apostle Paul wrote, we are to be pitied more than all men – we are wasting our lives on a delusion.

So the issue of whether Christianity is true or not comes down to whether he really died and if he rose again. The spear in his side effusing blood and water we now know is fluid from the pleural cavity followed by blood from the heart, proving death.

The body was never produced by the Romans or Jewish authorities to disprove the troublesome new faith. Grave robbers would have stolen the spices and grave-clothes rather than the body. The disciples who had fled in fear then lived in boldness and never wavering to produce the body when they were persecuted. He was seen by 550 people for a period of 40 days and then no more. Of course there are far more detailed arguments that can be made than in those few words. It adds up to the resurrection being the only credible explanation for Jesus no longer in the tomb.

If the resurrection is objectively true and many lawyers who have investigated for themselves have come to that conclusion then Christianity is true. Truth is truth! Why not investigate and decide for yourself?

Andy Moyle, The Gateway Church

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