First Things
A Common Sense Approach to Origins

Truth

What is truth? Truth is an entity. In every situation, there is such a thing as truth. From an emotional standpoint, there may be times when we do not want to know the truth – at least at that moment in time. From a practical standpoint, we are always better off to know the truth.

Finding the truth requires total dedication and a willingness to change if we have been wrong about the truth. The search for truth should begin with taking an inventory of ourselves. What do we believe is the truth and why do we believe it. If we had grown up in another home, had different parents, gone to another school, lived in a different country, been brought up to believe in a different religion (or no religion at all), what would we believe about the truth? Our concepts about truth are formed at an early age by the influences we encounter at the time. That is understandable. But a part of that understand should be an awareness that we need to examine what we have always believed as we mature to be sure we know what is true and what is not.

Truth cannot be manufactured. We can’t trim a piece of the puzzle to make it fit. In the same way, we cannot ignore evidence that invalidates our view of truth in order to cling to what we have always believed and still claim to be an upholder of truth. If we do that, we are not being honest with ourselves or with those we influence.

Truth is not public opinion. Public opinion changes. The media (television, radio, the Internet, books, etc.) often manipulates public opinion about truth.

Recently I read that a Bible college professor said he did not believe in absolute truth. He should not be teaching anyone about anything. Truth is absolute. Now, if you want to say, I don’t believe God will hold it against us if we tell someone they are looking good when, in fact, they look terrible and technically, that is a lie, the truth is that you are either right or you are wrong. Whichever you are, it is absolute. You are either absolutely right or you are absolutely wrong.

If you have a person in authority who is inconsistent – so that they are strict one day and not strict another – the truth is that that person is inconsistent – not that truth is inconsistent.

Where do we look for truth? The Bible claims that it is our creator’s message to us. It is either true, or it is not. If it is a book that contains truth but also has some error, it is meaningless to us. How would we know which is which? Do we decide? Then we are the ultimate authority that defines truth. Is our view of truth influenced by public opinion? Truth is not something that is established by taking a survey or a vote. Should we listen to the experts in the particular field? Many feel “science” is the same as truth, but the history of science is littered with discarded “truths.”

This website is dedicated to the proposition that there is such a thing as truth, that the truth can be identified, and that identifying truth about the three big origins questions – 1) Where did we come from? 2) How did we get here? 3) Where are we going? – is the most important goal for our lives. When we know the truth about those three questions, we have a foundation for living life to its fullest.

There are four sections related to truth:

  1. The Universal Need for Truth

In the movie “A Few Good Men,” Tom Cruise playing Lt. Daniel Kaffee demands, “I want the truth.” Jack Nicholoson, playing Col. Nathan R. Jessup, shouts back, “You can’t handle the truth!”

We all want the truth – or at least we think we do. Sometimes we’d rather not know – like the fact that the piece of pie we’re looking at contains way more calories than our diet allows. In the study of origins, the truth is essential because the consequences of not knowing the truth are potentially disastrous.

This section talks about why truth is so important for all people – no matter what they believe about origins currently.

  1. Searching for Truth About Origins

About six years ago, I decided I needed to make an intensive search for the truth about origins. This section tells about that search, how I went about it, and some things I learned that I didn’t know before.

  1. Treasure Hunt

Human beings are competitive. We want to win. That desire to win, when channeled correctly, can help us succeed in life. On the other hand, the desire to win can cause us to exhibit inappropriate behavior. In the search for truth, the desire to win is usually counterproductive. If we win by upholding our position even though it is wrong, we really lose. In the search for truth, we only win when we really identify the truth.

  1. Continuum

Do you know what a continuum is? How does a continuum help us in the search for truth? Check out this section for some interesting thoughts about how a continuum can help us with our faith.