Many have claimed in Christianity that there is no such thing as absolute truth. In other words, all the different ideas and beliefs in Christianity are true. One Christian group can have a belief that is opposite of another Christian group’s belief and both are correct. Is there absolute truth or are all beliefs correct? The spiritual detective is on the case.
If we approached this question like a criminal investigation, then we must look at what the evidence shows. The facts of the case are based on evidence.
All Christian groups have a common guide book, the Bible. So we can go to the Bible as a source of evidence and see what it shows. The Bible shows the history of Christianity. Are there examples with the different churches in the Bible that show different or opposite beliefs in which both are correct? There are 34 churches mentioned in the New Testament and 6 regions that contained churches. The churches of the New Testament are named by location, not by a denominational name. A detailed search of the New Testament doesn’t show any church that has a belief different from another church. In fact, there are several verses that state or imply that the beliefs between all of these churches were to be the same. Here are a few examples:
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”1 Corinthians 1:10
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”1 Corinthians 14:33
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also”1 Corinthians 16:1
“fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”Philippians 2:2
“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”Romans 12:16
So not only are there no examples of those 34 churches and 6 regions that contained churches in the New Testament having opposite beliefs, the evidence shows these churches are actually instructed to have the same beliefs and mind and have no divisions.
But what about faith? You must have faith in Christianity and faith might lead you to believe differently, won’t it? A close look at the word faith and how it is used in our society seems to show that people justify their beliefs based on faith. For many, faith seems to mean a strong feeling or belief based on their emotional response. If they have an emotional feeling that leads them to believe something strongly, that is faith. Is that what faith is? Again we can go to the guidebook, the Bible, and see if that is what faith is. An evaluation of the Bible shows that faith is actually defined and is based on evidence.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”Hebrews 11:1
So faith is not some arbitrary belief or feeling someone might have, but faith is actually based on evidence. So, faith then would not justify these opposite beliefs. A person should determine their beliefs based on the evidence.
So the guide book, the Bible doesn’t support the idea of different beliefs. What if we looked outside of Christianity and religion? Do we see examples of opposite beliefs both being true in other areas of our life? What about in criminal cases? Can two different people in a criminal case have opposite beliefs and both be right? Can a witness say they saw the suspect commit a crime and another witness say it was not the suspect who committed the crime and both be correct? The suspect either committed the crime or he didn’t, but both can’t be correct. It doesn’t mean one lied. They may have been mistaken, but the fact is the suspect either committed the crime or he didn’t. Both can’t be correct. What about the expert witnesses? Can experts in DNA have opposite beliefs and both be correct? Can one expert say the DNA returns to a specific person and the other say it’s not that person’s DNA and both be correct? The DNA either belongs to the person or it doesn’t, but both can’t be correct. What about fingerprint experts, ballistic experts, medical experts? There does not seem to be any example in a criminal case where there can be opposite beliefs and both be correct.
How about in traffic related offenses? Speeding or running a stop sign? Can the officer and the driver have different beliefs and both be correct? Now I know some people have sworn up and down that they did not speed or run a stop sign, but we are not talking about whether they believe they are correct or not, but whether they are actually correct or not. An evaluation of the stop at a stop sign or speeding on the roadway determines whether they actually stopped or were actually speeding, but they can’t both be correct. They were either speeding or they weren’t. They either stopped at the stop sign or they didn’t.
Are there any areas in our life where two people can have opposite beliefs and both be correct? Certainly people have different beliefs, and many are convinced and sincere about their beliefs, but the question is not about whether they are convinced and whether they are sincere, but if they are both right. I was unable to locate any area in life where a specific view can be opposite and both be correct. There does not seem to be any area in life where two people have opposite beliefs and both are correct.
Based on the investigation and the evidence collected, the Spiritual Detective has concluded that opposite views in Christianity cannot both be correct. That means there must be absolute truth in Christianity just like in a criminal case, a traffic violation, or any area of life.
Conclusion: Truth does exist.
If absolute truth exists in Christianity, that means truth can be determined by looking at the evidence.The Spiritual Detective will be on