These are the questions people commonly ask about Spirituality in general and Christianity in particular. They were designed as discussion guides, and you can find all seven guides on Truthbase.net in the Finding God section (upper left).
I'm working on elaborating upon them for this site, and just have the first one done in draft form below. Stay tuned for updates or go to Truthbase for the guides. There are audio sermons on the various topics (in one form or another) if you can't wait. I've attached a sermon outline to the end of this post on the topic of truth.
Is there a supernatural being and can He Walk and Talk?
Can God communicate? Are the Scriptures reliable?
How can a Good God Allow Suffering
Rite or Right? Comparing major religions
Is Christianity better?
Is Jesus the only way?
How do you get your sins forgiven and yourself to heaven?
The Bridge to Life
HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT IS TRUE?
What is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
LAWS OF LOGIC:
- Aristotle posited 3 laws as basic to all logical thought.
- 1. The law of identity (A is A); We can't communicate unless we have something in common.
- 2. The law of contradiction (A cannot be both A and not A);
- 3. The law of the excluded middle (A must be either A or not A).
ARE YOUR BELIEFS:
- Concepts that you've collected or adopted along your life's path?
- Conclusions that you've reached as a result of research and reasoning from verifiable and supportable facts (evidence)?
- Convictions you hold as a result of determining that the things you don't know or haven't been able to research could in no way overthrow/undermine the level of certainty in the conclusions you've reached?
WHAT KIND OF PROOF do you have/require for your beliefs?
- Scientific proof: Observable and Repeatable in a Controlled environment. You can see it happen, repeatedly, with no smoke, mirrors, wires, or outside factors influencing the experiment. And even then some folks will argue correlation can't prove causation. You can't scientifically prove Napoleon existed. You'd even have a hard time scientifically convincing a skeptic you were born.
- Legal/Historical proof: Based upon eyewitness accounts, depositions, hard evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the proof presented to a jury so they can reason out what really happened.
Some questions to ponder:
- Do we have to experience something in order for it to be true?
- If we experience something, does that make it true?
- If something can be experienced subjectively, does that make it objectively untrue?
WHAT IS TRUTH? Pilate
(Quotes by famous writers, philosophers and theologians to spur your thinking; you can't agree with them all.)
Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition:
truth n., pl. truths 1. the quality or state of being true; specif., a) orig., loyalty; trustworthiness b) sincerity; genuineness; honesty c) the quality of being in accordance with experience, facts, or reality; conformity with fact d) reality; actual existence e) agreement with a standard, rule, etc.; correctness; accuracy 2. that which is true; statement, etc. that accords with fact or reality 3. an established or verified fact, principle
true adj. truùer, tru'est 1. faithful; loyal; constant 2. reliable; certain [a true indication] 3. in accordance with fact; that agrees with reality; not false 4. a) conforming to an original, pattern, rule, standard, etc. b) exact; accurate; right; correct 5. rightful; lawful; legitimate [the true heirs]
WHERE DID WE COME FROM AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?
- Are birth and death universal experiences?
- Does where we came from when we were born and where we're headed when we die change if we were born 1000 B.C. in Asia or A.D. 2000 in Africa?
- If the information about where we came from, why we're here, and where we're headed transcends time and culture, is it infinite?