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What is Our Society Based On - Absolute Truth

Updated on September 11, 2012

Absolute truth

Absolute truths are set in stone
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Absolute truth - the basis for our entire existence

Many contend today that there is no absolute truth, that whatever is true for you is true for you. However, this is not true, there are absolutes, and there MUST be absolute truth.

It is the foundation of our society and without it, there would be no society.

Imagine this:

if you have no absolute truths, then it is reasonable that whatever rules I live by are perfectly fine. Thus if I thought it was good for me to kill you, according to the rule of no absolute truths, this should be ok! Yet would you really be ok with this? NO! Of course not! There must be an absolute truth and moral boundary that prevents me from murdering you!

What would happen if truth was relative?

If there were no absolute truths, what would make Hitler’s actions 'bad'?

According to him, he was just following what he thought was right. Yet to the rest of us his actions were horrific, disgusting, evil and even worse than words can say.

If you believe in no absolute truth, then, unfortunately you are potentially saying that evil actions are justified because they are not actually evil according to the evil-doer. I am sure no one would say this if they knew what they were saying.

If there was no absolute truth, as you can see, our society would never have made it this far. What would have stopped someone who say, thought that they should exterminate the entire world? It is only because of absolute truth and morals and the agreement between people that they exist that our society is still around today.

The Current Situation

Yet now so many think that moral relativism is the way to go. It has become politically correct for people to say, 'whatever is right for you, is right for you.' And this leads to destructive consequences.

What this could lead to

The general acceptance of moral relativism and the removal of absolute truths from mainstream society will quickly lead to problems stemming from one person hurting another, but justifying it by claiming it was 'right' based on their view of truth.

I believe it is important for Christians to recognize and be active in learning and growing. It is when Christians become lazy and stagnant and stop reading and memorizing the Bible that they allow themselves and others to spread misinformation. They stop recognizing a personal God, and start putting other things in that place.

I felt compelled to write about this today and I write it based on my convictions and my hope that you will learn from this or simply that it will help generate your thoughts and help you delve into this topic of Absolute truth and what our society is based on. Please feel free to write your comments below and express your opinion. You will not change my mind on this, but I would love to dialogue about it!

Truth is like a Rock

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Summary: What is Absolute Truth?

IN case anyone may be unfamiliar with the what absolute truth means, here is a basic definition.

Absolute truths are things which are the same for everyone, in other words, universal facts. They are unquestionable and there are no loopholes.

We often call them by many different names, and some absolute truths have been adopted by our governments as laws.

The statement, 'All truth is relative', actually disproves itself instantly, by making an absolute claim, that there are no absolute claims.

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    Chris Mills 

    4 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

    Just a question along these lines, and the fact that I ask it does not mean that I don't believe in absolute truth. If society has completely given way to moral relativism, why does America, of all the countries in the world, have the highest percentage of its population in prison? Why is stealing still considered to be wrong. Why is murder a crime in nearly every society? It seems as though society has retained some very important elements of absolute truth. What we do not see is what you have described. Normal, sane citizens are not murdering anyone. And they are not stealing. Either societies have not given in to moral relativism or moral relativism is working pretty well.

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    Peter V 

    6 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    tsmog - Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment! I enjoy looking at these types of issues as well.

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    Tim Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Escondido, CA

    I really appreciate this article. Seeing a comment of yours at a question today (11/08/2012) by Calculus-Geometry (I think that was the name) on a mouse / touchpad question I ventured here. I have always liked listening to discussions regarding absolute truths, yet usually do not venture an answer. However, I felt compelled to comment offering a thank you for the thoughts generated.

    Tim

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    Peter V 

    6 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Yes indeed, moral relativism leads to a lot of problems! Unfortunately there are many who think moral relativism is correct, but they have clearly not thought it through. Thanks for your comment!

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    wba108@yahoo.com 

    6 years ago from upstate, NY

    Moral relativism is based on what people happen to think at the time. This kind of philosophy when applied to law undermines the "rule of law" and paves the way for tyranny! Our Constitution is based on "inalienable rights" which depend on moral absolutes.

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    ehern33 

    8 years ago

    Just had a chance to read your hub and have to agree with you. We have reached a point in society where there is to much grey area inflicted into our thought process. There has to be a foundation for us to build and on and for me it is the Holy Book. Will read some more of your work as time permits and just became your fan.

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 

    9 years ago

    Internpete,

    You are absolutely correct. The WORD of God is The

    ABSOLUTE TRUTH!

    Blessings!

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    Peter V 

    9 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Cari Jean - exactly right, thanks for stopping by.

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    Cari Jean 

    9 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    Without absolute truth we have one thing - insanity.

  • internpete profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter V 

    9 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    ABR - thank you for your encouraging words! I am so happy that there is such a great community here on Hubpages!

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    Aaron Rushing 

    9 years ago from USA- Florida

    Internpete You have expressed my thoughts exactly.

    We as humanity must accept God's view of right and wrong over our own. Truth is relative To His perspective not mine.

    Excellent Hub Bro.

    ABR

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    Peter V 

    9 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Christianesk - Well said, thanks for the visit

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    christianesk 

    9 years ago from The Global Hamlet

    Yup. If there is no absolute truth, we might as well just check out now, well in fact, why bother, 'cos we ain't here anyway... uh... Jesus Christ is Lord! Yes sir!

  • internpete profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter V 

    9 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Thank you for the support and comment!

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    BrianFanslau 

    9 years ago from Eagan, MN

    "Yet now so many think that moral relativism is the way to go. It has become politically correct, and that is just sad!"

    I completely agree! Great Hub

  • internpete profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter V 

    9 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    James - Thank you, that is very encouraging!

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    James A Watkins 

    9 years ago from Chicago

    You know I am with you 100% on this issue. Great work. keep it up.

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    Peter V 

    9 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Coffeesnob - Thanks!

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    coffeesnob 

    9 years ago

    Amen! Truth is not always easy, which makes it more tempting to avoid the absolutes. None-the-less you are right on. It's absolute truth that keeps me sane -always a reference point when my bearings are off. Blessings

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    Peter V 

    9 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    No body - Thank you! You are very encouraging! My hope is not to argue, but to stimulate thought for those who might not have considered the issue fully.

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    Robert E Smith 

    9 years ago from Rochester, New York

    Great argument. Philosophy 101. People will argue with you but you are dead-on brother. Great hub.

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