I believe that the truth, by definition, can not be relative. I explain.
My concept of the truth is that it is "the correspondence of thought with reality". If what I think corresponds to reality, then my thought is true. Yes my thoughtonit corresponds to reality, then my thought is false, no matter how sincerely I believe in it. I do not think there are half measures to that. So the truth iswhat, correspondence withwhat exists. That is the original concept of truth.
To be or not to be ... the determination of the concept of truth
The situation, then, is not about determining whether or not I believe in God, because the sincerity of my belief is not going to change reality, but to determine if God exists. Truly complicated problem from the rational point of view, but that for me it refers more simply to the words of Jesus of Nazareth: who wants to see if God tells the truth, that he does the will of God and checks if he receives the promised blessings .
17 Whoever wants to do his will will know if the doctrine is of God or if I speak for myself. (New Testament | John 7: 17)
Here the only thing that must be faced is the reluctance of the soul to follow the norms proposed by God. The fight against this reluctance also receives a name: it is the concept of humility.
The experimental method in daily life
Taking this to the practical field: if God says I pray to get to know him and it turns out that finally I decide to pray (not pray mechanically, but pray) and suddenly I feel his presence, that I receive inspiration and answer to my questions and my prayers and that in general life is better after praying, am I not receiving a factual confirmation, not intellectual, that my belief corresponds to a reality?
For me, the cause-effect relationship between the commandments of God and the promised blessings is a more direct and, of course, objective, proof of the existence of God than the reasonings of the scholars over the centuries of the centuries. Christians have taken to calling this "testimony": the verification of the truth through experience.
24 and the truth is the knowledge of things as they are, how they were and how they should be;
(Doctrine and Covenants 93: 24)
It is not trial and error
It is not trial and error, but the experimental method, because the truth, if it is true, should be reproducible, and be the same for everyone. Truth represents congruence with reality and, therefore, conformity with a law. And as we know that law, called for the believers "the gospel of Jesus Christ," there is less need to go to trial and error and to reinvent the black thread. We can go on the "best practices": recognized, proven, successfully tested formulas, therefore highly recommended. Here is one of them:
4 And when you receive these things, I would like to exhort you to ask God the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if you ask with a sincere heart, with true intention, having faith in Christ, he will manifest to you the truth of them by the power of the Holy Spirit;
The natural result of truth is freedom
In vain, one can speak of "emancipation" if this emancipation does not arise from a correct knowledge, from a concept of truth, from the congruence between what is in our thinking and what is "out there" in reality. Because you can make a lot of effort following the wrong cause. In fact, it is possible to waste many human lives in this way, even with the best intentions. The chains of the hands of men can also be broken to find later that, after the supposed emancipation, men can still be chained inside, victims of their own internal slavery. Without discarding external liberation at all, Jesus proposed a more integral solution, a principle that is the trigger for true freedom:
31 Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him: If you continue in my word, you will be truly my disciples;
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (New Testament | John 8: 31-32)
Joseph Smith, a religious leader whom I personally admire, said that you learn more in five minutes of peeping into the heavens than through reading everything that has been written about it.
Through the application of the gospel in my life, which before onlyBelieveNow sé What's the true.
And that is the foundation of my own testimony.
I will love knowing your comments.
Originally posted 2015-03-08 04: 29: 33.