Thursday, February 14, 2008


Humans are saddled with persistent questions about our own meaning, destiny and purpose. We want assurance that the conclusions we reason out and think through with our minds are valid. To assure us that such beliefs are true, we need a standard that is unconditional. We need an absolute.

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines absolute as “perfect, unquestionable, fundamental, ultimate.” An absolute is rock-bottom truth or a ground of knowledge that is beyond question. It is the final authority. It is what we use as proof when anything is challenged. An absolute must stand beyond challenge to function as a reliable standard.

To be certain that any belief is true, we must find beneath it an absolute on which it rests. We must know there exists a final authority beyond question to serve as the ultimate answer to our questions. Our claim to knowledge collapses like a line of falling dominoes unless that knowledge ultimately rests on something that can’t be knocked over. If truth is not supported by an absolute, one belief is as good as another, and none can be held up as truly right to the exclusion of all others.

No comments: