In this third part of our series, I would like to discuss the idea of “knowing”.
If our response to questions as vast as those tackled in the preceding articles depends on our beliefs, biases, and culture, is it possible to know the Truth?
I say almost.
I believe, indeed, that above all individual truths, points of view, interpretations, there is an absolute Truth…
And the first prerequisite for finding it is to search for it!
During a murder trial, the judge has most likely not seen the scene of the crime, yet he must give a verdict.
He measures and confronts each argument presented along with their results in order to discover the truth and give his verdict. I believe that for questions such as God’s existence, the origins of life, or the meaning of life, it is with the same procedure that we can attain to Truth.
To give an example, I’ll quote C.S. Lewis: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
For me, the sad reality of the world in which we live first lead me to reflect, to question myself. Suffering, injustice, selfishness, greed, dishonesty…
“The heart is deceitful above all things”
I saw a world full of paradoxes, a world full of well-intentioned people, yet imperfect. I saw humanity continuously going to extremes without ever finding a balance.
One truth became obvious to me: humanity causes much destruction. This truth showed me that it was important to find a remedy.
God never appeared to me in a halo of light saying, “I am God, believe in me.” Rather it was the search for meaning and Truth that lead me to recognize God’s existence, and in the same way to follow Jesus over Buddha, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Confucius, or even C.T. Russell…
The Truth cannot contradict itself; it is coherent, consistent. Therefore, if the explanation given by a certain religion, science, social movement, ideology, or philosophy doesn’t align with the criteria of Truth then you should continue searching!
Others will perhaps make other choices using this same analysis. I have presented you my choices. I will have tried to underline the shortcuts we sometimes use when it comes to our worldviews. How easy it is to confuse belief and knowledge! How easy it is to forget that we are imperfect beings, and that we cannot know perfectly—that doubt remains and must be coupled with respect for others! I will have tried to stimulate thought, to encourage you to question yourself and seek Truth. To encourage you to reach out to those who think differently from you…
Wherever you put down your suitcase is your choice, and it’s up to you which road you will take.