The 7 Dichotomies
That Prove God's Existence
By applying dichotomies (x or not x) to truth, we can logically show the existence of a personal God...
Dichotomy 1. Truth is either subjective, or not.
a. Truth cannot be subjective, because if it were, it would be nothing more than opinion or preference (and therefore not really truth at all).
b. To state that truth is subjective for all people is to make an objective truth claim. If it is "true" that truth is subjective for all people, then it is false.
c. If humanity were to suddenly decide that 2+2=5, it still wouldn't be true. Thus, what's true remains true despite humanity.
d. Without an objective source and standard of truth, there is no rational means by which to correct the
person who claims, for example, that oranges are square-shaped. The shape of the orange is the "thing in question." So, to appeal to the shape of the orange to make a correction is to commit the fallacy of begging the question by merely asserting one's own perception regarding the shape of oranges. Thus, if truth is subjective, there is no true or false, right or wrong, correct or incorrect. There are only different perceptions.
e. If truth is subjective, then this argument is true because I say so.
f. Because truth is not subjective and human minds are, truth must come from outside of human minds.
Dichotomy 2. Truth is either a product of mind, or not.
a. Truth must be a product of mind, because only minds are able to apprehend truth. Truth means nothing to a rock.
b. If truth did not come from a mind that can convey truth to us, human beings would somehow still have to discover it - and understand it. We'd be left to our own subjective mental faculties in order to understand it. Thus, we'd be back to subjective truth instead of objective truth. But because truth is objective as demonstrated via Dichotomy 1, this is not possible.
Dichotomy 3. Either an objective, transcendent mind exists, or it does not.
a. From 1 and 2 above, we can conclude that an objective mind that transcends human minds must exist.
b. Note that even at this point we have reasonable cause to conclude "God." But continuing...
Dichotomy 4. This mind is either personal, or not.
a. This mind must know us and reveal certain objective truths to us, or we wouldn't know truth at all (at best, we'd have arbitrary opinions on matters). Thus, the mind must be personal. This mind must know each one of us personally because each one of us knows certain things to be absolutely true.
Dichotomy 5. This mind either has knowledge of how human minds work, or it does not.
a. This mind must know how human minds work in order to convey various truths to us such that we can know them for certain. E.g., the laws of logic.
Dichotomy 6. This mind is either unchanging, or not.
a. If the nature of this mind were subject to change, then truth would be subject to change along with it. But truths like the laws of logic are not subject to change, and thus they must stem from an unchanging mind.
b. If truth is subject to change, then the claim that truth is subject to change is also subject to change. Thus, any such argument is self defeating.
Dichotomy 7. This mind is either universal, or not.
a. This mind must be universal, because truth is universal. It is true that 2+2=4 for all people, and true even in the furthest reaches of our universe. It is (also) true past and present and will remain true in the future.
b. If truth is not universal, then it could be true that our universe exists and also does not, but this is clearly not the case.
c. Human beings have particular minds and limited experiences, and yet we know universal truths such as those above. This is another demonstration that truth comes from outside of humanity.
Therefore, truth, including
moral truths, must come from...
...an objective, immutable, universal mind (being) who knows each one of us so well that he is able to communicate various truths to us in such a way that we can know some things with absolute certainty.
This sufficiently describes the absolute, unchanging, universal, personal God of the Bible, who, interestingly, identifies himself as "the truth."
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life." - John 14:6
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