I believe every Bible believing Christ follower has been to a point where we begin to question what we believe and why we believe it. Are we merely just continuing the faith of our parents because that’s how we’re brought up? Can the Bible be trusted? Is God real? Does prayer work? Is the creation account accurate, mythology, or some kind of symbolism? If God is real and he is good, why does evil exist. What IS evil? Are there absolutes?
The following blog series is my journey (which I am still on) to answer some of my own questions. I know reading is a lost art on most. They are looking for podcasts, videos, and moving graphics to catch their attention. I’d prefer distraction free reading. So if you’ve had questions, doubted, or maybe even don’t believe, consider journeying with me. I am don’t have a PHD and I am no theologian. But all the knowledge that we have gathered as a species–about God, science, and nature–is available if you are willing to look for it. You also have to be willing to look in places that come from places that are sometimes opposite of your beliefs, values, and world view.
So buckle up and come along or, if this is silly or offensive, feel free to get off here. I do not take offense either. But neither will I apologize for the conclusions I arrive at if it is counter to what you, the reader, might believe. Which brings me to:
Tolerance is a Myth
I need to get this out of the way from the beginning. Those who are pushing for an all-inclusive, tolerant society, do not understand what they are asking for. “Well that’s an ignorant thing to say.” But consider the following:
Let’s say a society values freedom, liberty, free speech, and in the same breath, claims to be all-inclusive and tolerant of all views. Well, we know this isn’t true. We would not tolerate slavery, servitude, and the abridging of our “self-evident” rights. In some countries and cultures today, woman are not allowed to drive a vehicle except for special circumstances. Thus, we are not tolerant of belief that women should not be allowed to drive. We would not allow that rule to be a part of our legal or cultural narrative. Thus, we can’t say we are all-inclusive because we would not include or accept that as law. We the people would work to strike down an attempt at such a law and most likely, even a conservative leaning court, would find the law unconstitutional and the law would be struck down.
So now we are stuck with how do we decide what values and morals to tolerate. This is where my journey started, still is, and probably won’t end. How can we have moral superiority while claiming to be tolerant when we clearly are not? Is there moral reasoning to not be tolerant of all views? Is there an objective moral law? Is it absolute?
It is important for anyone reading this to understand that these writings assume that absolutes absolutely exist. The argument against absolutes is self-defeating. If the rule is “there are no absolutes”, then we either have to make an exception for that rule which means that there is actually at least one absolute making the statement false, or absolutes do exist and the statement is false. Excepting itself does not make it true. It simply becomes a statement built on sand that can’t really stand up when the storm hits.
So if there are absolutes, where do they come from? Well, if absolutes are objective and exist, they must come from somewhere that transcends the human experience. Therefore, the rules that make certain truths absolutely true must be true whether or not humans are part of the equation. The fact that the earth orbits the sun is true whether or not we are here to witness it. That is absolutely true.
When it comes to moral absolutes, it becomes a little trickier. In order for there to be moral absolutes however, there must be a transcendent standard for morals. Whether it is God, or some other unknown entity or just the “laws of nature” itself has to be examined.
Alternatively, if there are no absolute truths, then there is no absolute good or absolute evil. Thus evil wouldn’t really exist because it would be up to the individual to determine whether or not the action was justified.
As we explore this concept further in later posts, you will begin to see how understanding truth and it’s foundation is essential to understand what makes an action and person for that matter good and what makes an action or person evil. We’re not just talking about moral gray areas either such as lying in order to protect the innocent. We are talking about blatant “evil” verses perfect “good”. Consider what you see as the most evil thing that could ever be done and then consider that there are things that are worse. We are going to go there. Down deep. Good vs Evil. Real evil. Does it exist absolutely or is it just in the eye of the beholder?
Not an Expert
This not the work of someone with a PHD. I am not an expert. But I do read and research on my own free time. Maybe you are on a similar journey and have resources to share I didn’t think of. If so, please leave links in the comment section so I can look at them.
So welcome aboard my quest for truth. The absolute truth.