Category: What About Other Beliefs?


A Truth for You, a Truth for Me?

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

Have we originated from natural or supernatural means? Was that origin something gradual or a sudden event? Where we come from has much to do with where we are going. That is why the origins issue is so important: Are we the result of naturalistic processes occurring over millions of years or the creation of God in just six days? Or is the solution something in-between: Did God use evolution to create us and the world?

Here is a sampling of how various worldviews look at origins, in alphabetical order:

Biblical Creation: A personal, all-powerful God created heaven, earth, life, and man in six days, as recorded in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. All life was created already in their general kinds, and a man and a woman were created and put in a garden called Eden. They sinned against God, so God cast them out of the perfect garden and cursed the earth. Pain and death entered. Man’s descendants followed this first error. So God judged them in a world-wide flood, saving only Noah and his family. All mankind is descendant from Noah. Just as God once created and judged the world of long ago, so He will again judge this world and recreate it anew as described in the last book of the Bible, Revelation.

Evolution: Naturalistic processes such as natural selection, or “survival of the fittest,” slowly brought changes in animal and plant populations that increased complexity of life forms. The fossil record contains the story of this gradual yet dramatic change. Originally life must have formed from non-life in a prehistoric liquid environment. Vast amounts of time allowed vast changes to slowly occur in the earth and in life. The earth is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old, and the universe even older. A “Big Bang” brought the universe worth, without input from a Creator.

New Age Evolution and Eastern Philosophy: Instead of purely naturalistic processes, the Cosmic Force or Divine within all things moved through evolution in creating the world. The Hindu worldview sees man as very ancient, evolving and creating civilizations during the time of the dinosaurs and beyond. In the New Age worldview, man is evolving into ever-higher planes of existence until he reaches divinity. When enough of mankind has reached godhood, a “new age” will arrive, bringing peace and enlightenment.

Theistic Evolution: God used evolutionary processes to create earth, the universe, life, and mankind. This is a middle ground between traditional interpretations of the Bible and the consensus of scientists of the modern era. The beginning chapters of the Bible are allegorical, with the six days in Genesis representing long ages of evolutionary activity. Another view holds that the billions of years of earth and life development occurred in the “gap” between Genesis verse 1 and 2, where the earth is still unformed and void. Either way, the Bible and science are made compatible.

We could list more worldviews, but the patterns are becoming clear. Two main differences exist: (1) either God or natural forces created the universe and life, and (2) that mode of creating was either through evolution (gradual macro-changes) or creation (sudden existence in present form). We are of the view that God created everything essentially as it appears today, so we see Biblical Creation is the best explanation for our origins. Thus, the articles in the science section of this site are composed to prove two things: That God exists and that creation was His method of making, as described in the Bible. When the evidence from complex biological design, the rapid burial of fossils, and the catastrophe inherent in the makeup of the mountains is seen and analyzed for what it records for all to see, the science of Biblical Creation proves more compellingly true than any form of evolution.

“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day” Exodus 20:11

Photo from "Rock Layers Folded, Not Fractured" by Andrew Snelling

Fossils of seashells crown mountain peaks all across the earth (Brown 46), raising questions that shake the very foundation of modern man’s view of the world. Many more mysteries of geology concur with the seashells. Geology is the story of earth’s past, archived in vast rock layers hundreds of feet thick. If studied carefully, earth’s earliest moments can be discovered. Modern society interprets these early moments as a chronicle of evolutionary development over millions of years: the gradual formation of geological features and the evolution of life from single cells to human beings. But the story of geology is better explained from a radically different interpretation: a supernatural, sudden creation and a world-wide flood occurring only thousands of years ago, as described in the Biblical account of Genesis.

The fact that the Bible, a religious work penned in ancient days, is the origination of this young-earth geology brings skepticism to modern minds accustomed to looking to science for ultimate truth. The widespread scientific belief in evolution and an old earth is evident in three modern movements: secular humanism, theistic evolution, and the New Age. Though doctrinally divergent, these three worldviews consider evolution critical to their beliefs: Secular humanism holds evolution as the foundation of atheism (Noebel 125), theistic evolution states that God used evolution in creation, and the New Age embraces evolution as unleashing human potential (Noebel 145-7). But no matter what its purpose, evolution is considered self-evident. Classic proof is the fossil record, a progression of creatures from simple to complex recorded in the sedimentary layers. Famed “transitional” fossils, those representing a creature intermediate between one type and another, appear as confirmation of evolutionary theory. The slow formation of geological features and the million-year-old ages given by radiometric dating of rocks and fossils appear to solidify evolution as the best explanation of earth’s past.

But closer examination reveals that these evidences support not evolution, but Biblical creationism and catastrophe. Many earth processes thought to occur very slowly actually have much faster rates or have been misinterpreted. For example, stalactites and stalagmites, the mineral “icicles” in caves, are thought to take millions of years to form, but observations show much quicker growth rates: Five-feet long stalactites, with their adjacent stalagmites, are growing from the Lincoln Memorial’s foundation ceiling (Whitcomb 114), while Jerry Trout, an expert in caves, has visually recorded a stalactite growing “several inches in a matter of days” (Taylor qtd. in Brown 223). Similar observations hold for the multi-million-year ages of radiometric dating methods: Lava flows in New Zealand’s Mount Ngauruhoe were dated as occurring 0.27 to 3.5 million years ago, but history records them actually occurring from 1949 to 1975 (Snelling qtd. in Ham, Sarfati, & Wieland 83). Our modern dating methods are based on faulty assumptions about earth’s past, leading to these kinds of discrepancies.

Faulty interpretation also accompanies study of the fossil record. For example, claimed “transitional” fossils are not truly transitional. This is the case with horse evolution. The famed ascendence of North American horses from small three-toed varieties to the modern one-toed kind is in reverse in South America, where three-toed horse fossils are buried in “younger” rock than the rock containing the one-toed variety (Gish 191-2). Thus, South American horse fossils almost appear to show the more “primitive” horses evolving from the more “modern” one. Rather than showing evolution, these fossils are better interpreted as showing variations within animal kinds, similar to the variation present in today’s dog breeds. No one today would say that Chihuahuas are the ancestors of Great Danes, but if these two dogs were discovered as fossils, they would give the appearance of evolution from the small to the large. So such “transitional” fossils prove more problematic for evolution than helpful, suggesting that a better explanation of their origin should be considered.

Even the general appearance of progression from relatively simple creatures to higher forms in the fossil record is not consistent. Fossils often are not ordered in the rock layers according to the evolutionary sequence. Horse hoofprints are in dinosaur strata in Uzbekistan, dinosaur footprints mix with human-like ones in Turkmenistan and Arizona, and fossil insects with nectar tubes are dated 25 million years older than the alleged emergence of flowers (Brown 12). Nearly 200 more examples of “wrong-order formations” occur in America alone, as compiled by Walter Lammerts in the Creation Research Society Quarterly (Brown 67-8). The severe significance of these out-of-order fossils is aptly described by the eminent evolutionist Richard Dawkins: “Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order” (Dawkins 2).

Instead of evolution, geology reveals an early earth like that described in the Bible. When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a Paradise (Genesis 1-2). Remnants of this ideal earth are evident in the most inhabitable places: Tropical fronds have been unearthed in Antarctica, while oil companies in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay found a vast tropical forest 1,100 to 1,700 feet below the tundra (Williams). This warm climate of lush vegetation is evident across many geologic layers (Whitcomb & Morris 243). Long life was another characteristic of early earth, with humans living nearly a thousand years (Genesis 5) and dinosaurs probably surviving to similar ages, evident from the huge sizes of dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Apatosaurus, since reptiles never stop growing their whole lives (Dutko). The preflood earth also possessed a civilization that built cities, created music, and forged iron and bronze tools (Genesis 4:17-22). Evidences of this earliest of societies include a gold chain in Illinois coal dated 200-300 million years before man’s traditional evolution; a woman statuette in Idaho clay dated at 2 million years, during man’s “primitive age”; and a metallic vase, inlaid with silver, that was blasted out of Massachusetts Precambrian rock dating over 600 million years ago, before practically any form of life is alleged to have existed (Cremo & Thompson 798-9, 802-6). Though the dates are wrong, these evidences show an Edenic early earth and an advanced civilization from the beginning.

But then Paradise was destroyed in a great flood (Genesis 6-8). Underground water chambers burst forth on that infamous day, gouging a crack around the earth that formed into today’s globe-encircling Mid-Oceanic Ridge (Brown 105-8, 120-1). This watery deluge deposited vast layers of sediments hundreds of miles across (Walter 12, Ham, Sarfati, & Wieland 155-6). The catastrophic formation of mountains and other features bent some of these water-softened sediment layers into gentle folds and arches that later hardened into rock (Ham, Sarfati, & Wieland 156-7). As the flood waters engulfed the earth, the vast forests of Paradise were swept away, then compressed under the flood sediments into great coal beds (Morris 107-9). Millions of creatures were trapped in the sediments and fossilized in contorted positions or in the act of swallowing their last meals (Brown 10-11). Even human beings and their artifacts were fossilized, the last remnants of that lost civilization (Brown 14, 36). After 150 days the waters receded into the newly-formed ocean basins (Genesis 8:3), leaving behind the silent witness of the rocks to that earth-shattering event.

So the evidence of geology gives a compelling case for Biblical creation and the flood. Evolution is only a mirage that at first glance appears amazingly convincing, until one steps closer to the evidence. Worldviews based on evolution have a quicksand for a foundation. But now that the true story of the rocks can be seen for what it is, there is one last issue: the significance of creation and the flood. Sudden creation of an ideal world implies an almighty Creator, and sudden destruction of this entire world implies an almighty Judge. Genesis 6 gives God’s reason for this reversal: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth . . . and He was grieved in His heart. . . . ‘I will blot out man whom I have created’” (5-7). The story of earth’s past reveals a lesson that modern man would be wise to heed.

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by inhonoredglory

“You can believe one thing, I can believe another. If we’re happy, then why try converting us to something else? All beliefs are OK; they’re all equally valid.”

Ever heard something like this? It sounds reasonable; after all, such an abstract thing as religion can hardly make a difference in real life. Or so we think. In reality, real life is the substance of any belief system and of any worldview. And two different beliefs cannot be true at the same time. Think about it:

Let’s say I believe that there is a bridge on the other side of a tall mountain. Let’s say that I have a friend who challenges me and thinks there is no bridge, but a cliffside where the road ends. We both cannot go over the mountain any time soon, and we both hold sincerely our particular views. Now, are both our beliefs valid? Obviously not. The fact remains: there is or there isn’t a bridge.

Likewise is it with religions – or better put, with your worldview and belief system. One man may believe that there is a God; another man says there is none. One man may believe that humans possess an immaterial soul; another man maintains that we are merely highly advanced biological processes. Both cannot be true. It is impossible that God both does and does not exist. We cannot both have a soul and not have one. And it is ludicrous to think that some people have no soul, while others do. The very nature of a worldview is in its universality: a worldview explains a general truth that pervades the entire world.

The question therefore rests on which belief system reflects the reality. Think of a murder mystery and two competing detectives. Detective Holmes says the butler did it; Inspector Lestrade says it was the maid. Both theories cannot be true, no matter how sincerely held. There is only one reality. Whose is the question.

And that is the significance of differing worldviews and religions. Do you want to believe in a falsehood? Do you want to be led down a lie? No matter how happy or charitable we become, it is all undermined if the basis of our actions are false. What happens if you want to cross that mountain? Your beliefs determine if you bring a hang glider or a car. The same happens in real life.

"Passage" by Eleni Tsami

Your beliefs determine what you do in life: If there is a God, should I learn about Him? If there is no God, should I live it up now, for tomorrow I die and am gone? Your worldview even pervades everyday life; it is not limited to a Sunday liturgy or a deathbed confession. For example, should you cheat on a test or steal that gorgeous bike of your neighbor’s? Your actions would be different depending on whether you believe that God and morality are real forces in the world.

But most importantly, what you believe determines your happiness and your hope in life. If God is real, I can grow close to Him and live in a bright new world after death. I can be sure that there is much more than this current life. There is an afterlife. But if there is no God, then life today is a bitter place that means nothing and leads to nothing.

To find out whose view is real, we must search for evidence. We must scale the mountain and search for the bridge. We must find the clues and interview the witnesses.

Don’t be afraid to search for answers. Don’t be afraid to ask. Someone’s life depends on it – yours.