What is Truth? Three Characteristics of Truth Relevant to the Origin of the Universe

In the struggle between modern and post-modern thought, the subject of truth hangs in the balance. The modern thinker accepts that there may be some absolutes, i.e. at least a few concrete, universal facts that are undeniable. The postmodern mind rejects any notion of universal or absolute truth, considering it as unverifiable, and thus embraces localized or experiential truth only. This article examines three characteristics of truth relevant to the origin of the universe.

Truth is Narrow

The characteristic about truth is that truth is narrow. If one person wants to call another person by telephone, he or she must dial the right phone number. If the person placing the call is off by even one number, they will not reach the other party. In the same way, if someone wishes to visit a friend at their home, they must go to the right street and address or they will not find their friend. Truth is by nature narrow.

Truth is Absolute

Granted, as in the mind of the postmodern thinker, the above examples qualify as localized or experiential truth. The postmodern idea of localized or experiential truth is sometimes equated to the notion of relative truth, i.e. each individual perceives truth relative to their own particular point of reference. As such, the person that rejects the notion of absolute truth does so because he or she believes that it is impossible for a human being to accurately perceive such truth.

Still, even as human beings may not be able to objectively observe and describe events exactly as they happened, this should not mean those events did not happen in exactly one way. For example, four men living in four different sections of the United States choose to observe the path of the moon on the same night. Each records their observations and sends their findings to each of the other members.

To each one’s surprise none of the other three describes the scene in the same way. Yet, even as the four participants could not agree on the actual path of the moon that night, this does not mean the moon traveled along four different routes. Even as the men could not come up with a common description, the moon only traveled according to one concrete or absolute path. This is also true about events happening light years away from the earth. That which is happening in each particular part of the universe is only happening in one specific or absolute way whether or not the observer has the capacity to accurately describe those events.

Only One Truth about the Universe

Just about every culture on the planet has a theory about how the universe began. The Hindu thinker believes the universe is an illusion born through a hallucination of a universal consciousness following the separation of its male and female parts. Buddhist and atheist/naturalist thinkers believe the universe simply exists and that everything evolved from nothing. Christian, Jewish and Muslim thinkers say the universe was created by one Almighty God. Postmodern thinkers say it is impossible to perceive which or any of these descriptions is true because no one was present to see the event.

Furthermore, they think that even if someone was present at the event, he or she would not have the capacity to accurately describe the event in an objective way. While this may be so, the postmodern thinker should not conclude that the universe did not begin in one particular way. In fact, pure logic dictates that whether or not human beings can ever come to an accurate knowledge of the original events of the universe, this should not lead them to conclude that the universe did not form in only one specific and absolute way. The universe, including all material and immaterial substances contained within it, is one place and could only have come to existence in one way. There is only one truth about how the universe began and continues to exist.

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