Atheism: A House Built On Sand
"Relativism is the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration... The term often refers to truth relativism, which is the doctrine that there are no absolute truths." -Wikipedia.org
Many atheists claim that truth is relative, meaning they reject objective and absolute truth.
And in fact, to hold this position is consistent with the atheistic worldview.
...But is relativism a reasonable worldview?
"Here Comes The Storm..."
A worldview without real truth is a house built on the sand!
Observe the mental chaos that ensues when we critically examine atheistic relativism...
1. If relative truth is true, then it is false; to call it true is to appeal to absolute/universal truth.
Note: As we shall see, objective/absolute truth is true, and MUST be true...
2. The person that claims no truth denies the truth of their claim.
Note: A person who claims "there is no truth" is making a truth claim - which can't be true if truth doesn't exist!
3. The person that claims no truth can be certain of nothing.
Note: How can one hold certainty, if nothing is true?
4. The person that is certain of nothing isn't certain of it.
Note: This is an absurdity of a worldview without certainty.
5. The person that claims no truth denies the law of non contradiction, as the law of non contradiction states that something cannot be both true and not true at the same time and in the same way.
Note: The human mind is inherently bound by non contradictory thought processes. Have you ever tried to imagine a "square circle"? Your mind will flip from square to circle, but never to both at once. And truth is foundational to this logical thought process.
6. The person that denies the law of non contradiction denies logic.
Note: Without the law of non contradiction, what is "logical is also illogical"!
7. The person that denies logic denies reasoning.
Note: Reasoning is to "think by a process of logic." One cannot reason without logic.
8. The person that denies truth, logic, and reasoning, denies all knowledge.
Note: Knowledge cannot be gained without the very tools required for gaining knowledge!
9. The person that knows nothing doesn't know it.
Note: Another absurdity of atheism/relativism.
10. The person that claims no truth denies moral truths.
Note: One cannot claim moral truth if they reject truth itself.
11. The person that denies moral truths denies their own conscience.
Note: The conscience is an integral part of human experience. We appeal to conscience when we conclude that something is good or evil, right or wrong.
12. The person without truth, certainty, logic, reasoning, knowledge, morality, and a conscience...might just want to reconsider their worldview!
Note: Atheism virtually denies "the human experience" altogether.
"Endless Absurdities Ensue..."
When one denies truth and the tools of human intelligibility, an endless list of absurdities ensues. I've given several examples already. Here are several more:
- To make claims within an atheistic framework that doesn't allow for truth and knowledge, is self refuting!
- To claim that "human beings are not capable of true knowledge" using coherent words and sentences is to disprove the claim while making it! Language itself requires knowledge.
- To claim "99% certainty" (or any degree of certainty) of something, is to make a knowledge claim. But when one is certain of nothing, they cannot be certain of their 99% certainty!
- To reject absolute certainty but appeal to probability is contradictory. How does one who rejects certainty know that the concept of probability itself exists, such that probability applies?
- The atheist (who rejects truth and certainty) isn't certain whether they're atheist or Christian!
- When engaged in debate, the atheist doesn't know whether they're disagreeing with somebody of identical views, and therefore contradicting themselves! ...The atheist also doesn't know whether they're actually having the debate!
- The atheist isn't certain whether they're being "eaten by a giant shoe"!
- The atheist that appeals to evolution to support their materialistic worldview, isn't certain whether they're famous for having disproved evolution 10 years ago! ...Furthermore, from the atheist's perspective, evolution could be both true and false at the same time.
- The atheist doesn't know whether "corn spit before the moon turned purple on the cow friggle"! (Think about it.)
- The atheist who "only" rejects objective moral truths: Must concede that psychopaths are merely those who've made different moral decisions.
- The atheist who "only" rejects objective moral truths: Must concede that child rape and murder are EVIL as a matter of decision, and also GOOD as a matter of decision (one man's opinion vs. another).
- The atheist who "only" rejects objective moral truths: Must concede that child rape and murder vs. loving and caring for a child could be held as *moral equals* (1=1) as a matter of decision. And in fact, the relativist could simultaneously consider both actions good!
- The atheist who "only" rejects objective moral truths...
...must concede that "evil done for the sake of evil" could be considered GOOD as a matter of subjective opinion or decision. ...In other words, person A could "go out and do evil for the specific sake of doing evil," and person B (fully aware of person A's evil intent) could see it as a good thing - the result being "good evil." ...Contradictory, and reductio ad absurdum.
The list goes on.
"An Absolute Truth..."
Atheists may attempt to challenge the Christian worldview by claiming that we can't demonstrate absolute truth; that we can't provide a valid example...
In response, the Christian can point out that this is a knowledge claim in itself, and therefore contradictory to the atheist's worldview - i.e., that it's a self refuting claim...
Or, we can have a little fun (in a respectful manner) by presenting the following irrefutable truth statement:
"It is absolutely true that something exists, rather than absolute nothingness."
...What this statement says is that we know things in general exist; we know that the universe and everything in it exists - as opposed to nothingness.
Now here's the fun part:
To object to the obvious truth that "something exists rather than nothing" is to prove it, because the atheist can't possibly object unless they exist!
To claim uncertainty of the statement is (also) to PROVE it, because uncertainty requires existence. Obviously, nothingness cannot be uncertain.
To even think about responding or objecting to the statement is to prove that it's true, because thinking requires existence.
...And so on.
It's hard to believe that atheists would object to such an obvious truth, but they do - despite that to falsify it would entail existing while proving non existence (a logical impossibility).
"A House Built On The Rock..."
It is self evident via human experience that truth exists. As demonstrated, nothing would make sense without it. Knowledge is impossible without it. Science, history, engineering and philosophy are impossible without it. To even consider (reason) whether truth itself exists is impossible without it!
But despite all of this...
Atheistic naturalists reject truth outright, simply because it does not comport with the materialistic worldview.
For absolute truth to exist, an absolute standard of truth must exist, meaning a conceptual "plumb line" by which we're able to identify the validity of our thought processes... (We wouldn't know whether we're home, or close to home, if home didn't exist!) This standard must be a mind, or derived from mind, since truth is mental/conceptual. And the mind (or aspect of mind) must be absolute - or we'd be right back to the endless absurdity of relativism...
And we know of only One absolute mind that identifies as Truth itself...
Jesus said that "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
Christianity is built on the Rock of Truth...
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." - Mathew 7:24-27
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