What is absolute truth? A quote by Steven Robiner states, “What is absolutely true is always correct, everywhere, all the time, under any condition. An entity’s ability to discern these things is irrelevant to that state of truth.” A google search for the words “absolute truth,” brings up many different web sites and ideas. It seems that there is an argument out there as to whether absolute truth even really exists. I tend to agree with the quote above by Steven Robiner. In my mind, a persons belief is irrelevant when it comes to absolute truth. Ones belief cannot change absolute truth, therefore we have to find out exactly what the absolute truth is. You can choose to believe the absolute truth, or choose not to believe it. This is where faith becomes a factor.
Absolute truth can pertain to just about anything. Let me give you an example of how ones belief is irrelevant to absolute truth. It is a fact that the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianaplolis Colts to win the Super Bowl this year (2010). Before the season started, or even during the season, I could have said, “I don’t believe the Saints will win the Super Bowl this year.” My belief in this case would be completely irrelevant because my belief could not change the outcome. The same can be said even after the game was completed. In this case, let’s say that I didn’t get a chance to watch the game. A friend later tells me the outcome and my reaction might be, “I don’t believe the Saints won the Super Bowl.” Again, my belief is irrelevant because it is a fact that the Saints did win the Super Bowl in 2010.
The same concept applies when it comes to faith. Faith and belief are very similar. Before the Super Bowl was played, I could have said, “I have faith that the Colts will win.” Again, I may have had faith in the Colts, but my faith had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome. In this same manner, a persons religious faith may be completely irrelevant. Each religion in this world has a different set of beliefs. Followers of each religion think that their set of beliefs is the absolute truth, based on faith.
Going back to the football analogy, think of it this way. Each religion is represented by a different football team. Each religion has its set of followers just like each football team has its fans. In the end, only one religion can be right and only one team can win the Super Bowl. All religious followers have faith that their beliefs are correct, just like football fans have faith that their team is going to win.
We know that only one team will win the Super Bowl. In the same way, only one religion can be right in the end. This assumption is based on absolute truth. There cannot be more than one absolute truth. There are some who believe that all religions eventually lead to the same God. This cannot be possible if you believe in absolute truth. Imagine all football teams play an entire season. At the end of the season, every team is declared winner of the Super Bowl. That just isn’t the way it works. Everybody cannot be a winner just like all religions cannot possibly be the right one.
Now that you see it from this perspective, is your religion the right one? Is your faith, or are your beliefs based on absolute truth? Do you even believe in absolute truth? If so, do you think that your religious teachings are based in absolute truth? What proof do you have? Does your religion lead you to an eternal life in a paradise like heaven? Do you believe this to be absolutely true? I know what I believe. I have faith. What about you?
Steven Robiner quote, Wikipedia.org, April 2010