With all the intolerance from those claiming to have the only path to truth, from Inquisitors to radical Muslim terrorists to just about every mainline religion or belief system you can come up with, why should we be restricted to only one truth? Who says that I am right and you are wrong, or vice versa? Why can’t we all choose our own perspectives and what works in our lives?

This belief in diversity of truth – that each of our perspectives is right for each of us – is popular with Americans; in a 2005 poll, eight in ten of us believe that there is more than one path to salvation. Many people are mixing-and-matching tenets from many different religions – Christianity, Buddhism, New Age, Kabbalism, etc. – and creating their own unique, personalized beliefs. It’s both mainstream and feels good – but is it true?

How do we know that each of our perspectives is as equally valid as the next one? Was Hitler and the SS’s perspective valid for them when they believed killing Jews was right? If we follow our feelings to tell us what is true, then how would a sadist know that his hurtful actions, which fulfill him and give him pleasure, are wrong and false? In a world were each of our beliefs is good for us but not universally true for others, who can tell Hitler and the sadist that they are wrong?

Let’s think of differing perspectives like different eyewitnesses of an armed robbery. One evening at 6:47 p.m., three men in dark blue clothing with machine guns hold up an armored truck parked outside Walmart. Witnesses see the same event, but from different perspectives. One witness thinks that the men are dressed in black; another thinks they are in dark green. One says there was only one man waving a gun; another mentions only two. One witness says the robbery took place at 7 p.m., another says a quarter to 7, and a third says he looked at his watch and it was at 5:47 p.m. – he had forgot to fix his watch to Daylight Savings Time!

All of these perspectives are different as they try to explain the same reality. Which is true? Simple: The one that is closest to reality! No matter how the witnesses felt about what they saw, the truth of each of their perspectives depended on whether it agreed with what actually happened. If a witness thought he saw a man with a dark green shirt, his view is more untrue than someone who thought the shirt was blue as it actually is. Each perspective is only as true as it corresponds with reality.

So how do we know which view represents reality? Since each of us is a fallible human being, how can we be sure we have found the actual truth? Yet if there exists a perfect, all-good God who created all of reality, then He would know reality perfectly. And if He decided to reveal Himself to us, then He can tell us about reality as it truly is without falsity mixed in – His perspective would be the ultimate truth.

Many claim to have this truth from God, but often they ask us to believe them based on subjective standards for truth. For example, the Book of Mormon says that if you pray sincerely to God to show its truth to you, then God will indicate its truth in your heart. Yet how can we know if we are not deceiving ourselves through our feelings? The Koran says that its Divine inspiration is shown through the incomparable beauty of its poetry and words, which it claims cannot be duplicated by anyone. Yet the beauty of literature is subjective – what is beautiful to one person can be ugly to another. Nor can most of the world even test this claim, since most do not know Arabic and thus cannot test the Koran in its original language, and nor can only Arabic-speakers compare the Koran’s Arabic beauty to a work in another language, such as Shakespeare’s plays. Thus, these claims are hard to test against reality.

Yet in comparison to almost all other religions and worldviews, Christianity is unique in its testability against reality. One of its pivotal beliefs is that a man named Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross, was buried in a tomb, and rose from the dead to life through God’s power. Historical research into Jesus’ resurrection even has turned skeptics like Dr. Simon Greenleaf, Harvard law professor, and Dr. Frank Morris, journalist and lawyer, into believers.

They couldn’t explain Jesus’ empty tomb and His followers’ claims of seeing Him alive after His death. For two centuries afterwards Jesus crucifixion, even the Jewish authorities, the people who executed Jesus, admitted the tomb was empty. They claimed that the disciples stole the body, yet the lives and actions of Jesus’ disciples contradict this theory. They first were very fearful and not expecting His resurrection, but once they saw Jesus alive many times, they were transformed into fearless preachers and died for their conviction in His resurrection.

Even Paul, chief persecutor of early Christians, believed in and died for Jesus after seeing Him alive after His death. If they were lying, why would they suffer persecution and die knowingly for this lie? Even Muslim terrorists think they are dying for the truth, though they have no hard proof that they have the truth. But the disciples had the unique opportunity to know the truth with their own eyes – because they could see the risen Jesus with their own eyes and hear His words. They could know if their beliefs corresponded with reality. And they died for their belief in this reality of their risen Lord.

Since Jesus rose from the dead, we can know that Jesus truly was who He claimed to be:

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me’” (John 14:6).

Jesus says that only He has the truth of who God is, and no one can come to God except through Him. Only Jesus can make this claim with truth because only He is God in the flesh – God Himself:

“I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).

“For in Him [Jesus Christ] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).

Since Jesus is God and proved this with His resurrection from the dead, He alone knows reality as it really is. It is through His perspective that we can be assured to know truth. And Jesus states that the Scriptures are true also. For God inspired men to write them:

Jesus: “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law [Old Testament Scripture] until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18).

“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2 Peter 1:20-21).

And what does God’s Word say about man and the path to salvation?

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6).

“For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

We all lie and cheat and hurt others, despite our good deeds. The wrong that we do has separated us from the perfectly holy and just God. To transgress against His infinite holiness requires a payment of death. Yet in His mercy God made a way of salvation – by paying the payment Himself for us:

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

This is the wondrous truth of God. It is the truth for all people everywhere, both you and I.

To know more about God and His good news, read His Word, beginning in the book of Romans and John.

To investigate more of the evidence for these truths, check out these links:

Historical Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection: http://www.leaderu.com/everystudent/easter/articles/josh2.html

Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled: http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-r004.html

Scientific Evidence for Creation and the Genesis Flood: www.creationscience.com/onlinebook

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