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Refusing to Believe What Is True

Refusing to Believe What Is True

truth“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true.” – Søren Kierkegaard

There’s a story in the Gospel of John where Jesus, on trial for his life, tells the Roman official Pontius Pilate, “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.”

Pilate, the symbol of moral relativism, mockingly replies, “What is truth?”

I remember hearing (and eventually teaching) this story from the time I was a little kid; it was a warning about the danger of refusing to believe in an absolute “truth.” As a youngster, I was taught that I was “in the Truth” and that those who didn’t share my beliefs were not. That paradigm made the world a very simple place. After all, when you believe in absolute truth the world is bifurcated into right and wrong, black and white, us and them.
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