August 2022 | Light of the World

Ultimate Truth
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Ultimate Truth

Dr. John K. Mathew

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of reality. 'What is ultimately real?' is the basic question asked in the study of metaphysics. 

While the physical reality is the purview of epistemology, ultimate reality is the purview of metaphysics.'Metaphysics ' is a transliteration from the Greek that literally means 'beyond physics. 

Metaphysical questions may be divided into four subsets. First, there is the cosmological aspect. Cosmology consists of the study of theories about the origin, nature, and development of the universe as an orderly system. The second aspect of metaphysics is anthropological. Anthropology deals with the study of mankind. The third aspect of metaphysics is ontological. Ontology is the study of the nature of existence, or what it means for anything to be? The fourth metaphysical aspect is theological. Theology is that part of the religious theory that has to do with conceptions of and about God. Is there a God? If so, is there only one or more than one? What are the attributes of God? If God is both all good and powerful, how is it that evil exists? 

Christians find answers to these questions in the Bible and the Bible clearly says that " The Lord our God, The Lord is one" (Deut. 6:4), and He is the truth. Thomas Aquinas said 'God is the pure reason; and therefore, the universe He created must reflect His mind". Our Lord Jesus Christ said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. This is the answer Jesus gave to the question of Pilate, " the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" (John 18:37). 

True Christians believe in Jesus and the absolute truth he represents. It is the same at all times and everywhere.                                                        

Truth does not need updating. There is a story of a man who came to his old friend, a music teacher and said to him. What is the good news today? The old teacher was silent as he stood up and walked across the room, picked up a hammer, and struck a tuning fork. As the note sounded out through the room, he said, " That is A. It is A today; it was five thousand years ago, and it will be A ten thousand years from now. The soprano upstairs sings off-key, the tenor across the hall flats on his high notes, and the piano downstairs is out of tune". He struck the note again," That is A, my friend, and that is the good news today". 

In the world, everything undergoes change, Except the ultimate truth that Jesus Christ. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb. 13:8). Amen.

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