The Absolute Truth
The meaning of truth is probably the most debated topic throughout human history.
In a world with over forty different religions and belief systems and where approximately one sixth of the global population profess no beliefs, is there such a thing as a truth that is absolute? One that is the same for everyone, regardless of race, gender or age?
Absolute truth is not something that can be conveyed with words, as it can only exist and be understood when there is absolutely no doubt in a person's mind about who, what, why and how they are.
Rene Descartes, considered to be the father of modern philosophy, wrote "I am thinking, therefore I exist", which is more commonly interpreted as, "I think, therefore I am". However, in the same discourse, Descartes also wrote, in a round about way:
"Reflecting on the fact that I have a mind full of doubts and that as such I am not perfect, I then wondered where I'd learned to think of something more perfect than myself and realised that it was impossible for me to imagine something that is not only more perfect than I am, but is so perfect in knowledge as to be beyond any and all doubt. As doubt is then an obvious flaw in my nature and as it is manifestly impossible for the less perfect to imagine from nothing, something that is more perfect, then the very idea of it must have been placed in me by a nature which was in reality more perfect than me and which has within itself all the perfections I could ever imagine, that is to say, in a single word, God."Descartes, Rene; Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences
Therefore, it stands to reason, that absolute truth only exists within an individual, if the mind of the individual is ABSOLUTELY free of any doubt and that outside of the individual, absolute truth can only be seen in the perfect nature manifest in someone else, who is also without any doubt whatsoever.
The common thread that every religious belief system is based upon, is the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-aware deity of absolute, eternal love and that the perfect nature of this love, it's character, is the manifest presence of every moral virtue to the nth degree.
A king, is defined as a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind.
The greatest example of a king in humanity, is Jesus of Nazareth. His example, through his virtuous character, miracles and ultimate crucifixion, shows that he didn't just believe in the perfect nature of God, he was so beyond the shadow of any doubt, that the perfect nature of God became his nature. He was so far beyond merely believing it, that he walked in ABSOLUTE faith, without the slightest doubt. So much so, that after he overcame any last doubts he had in the garden of Gethsemane, he surrendered his life and suffered abject humiliation, ridicule, torture and death, without the slightest fear or doubt.
Do you believe in something without a doubt, to the point that you would have the courage to willingly endure abject humiliation, ridicule, torture and death for it? Without the slightest fear or doubt as to the truth of it?
Therefore, while it is possible for an individual to form a truth within them self, by believing an idea without a doubt, ABSOLUTE truth is a state of being beyond the shadow of any doubt, about a nature that is so perfect, that knowing it causes it to radiate from us as the light of absolute truth. The light of Christ.
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