When a Christian pens such a headline for his article, many of those holding a similar faith would feel uneasy, and rightly so.  We have been indoctrinated both inside the church and out that in a largely Christian nation, the Bible contains every figment of information necessary.  So much so that cultist group would use the Bible as a reliable source for the discovery of the steam engine.  Or even the meteor that has recently exploded in Russia would quickly be attributed to Wormwood.

The Book of Revelation commented that a hot or cold faith is better than lukewarm.  One has to stand for what is right.  One has to stand for what is true.

When a Muslim brandishes his Qur’an and turns to the fourth Surah, the 157th and 158th verse speaks of Jesus as not having been crucified nor killed.  Yet the Bible affirms such on all four gospels.  Suppose a Christian puts the Bible as the final authority of all truth, what right then, has he to say to the Muslim who would do the same thing to the Qur’an? Can the two conflicting claims of two different books be both regarded as true? Even worse, suppose that the Muslim is one of the Christian’s close relative that he’s trying to reveal the truth to? How can a Christian convince the Muslim to drop his belief of Qur’anic authority if he himself is not willing to drop his bias to Biblical authority? Why would any Muslim be willing to concede his belief under such impractical and unjust bias?

This disconnection is self-evident.  It is improper to claim one’s holy book as the final authority of truth because any other person could claim the same about any other book.   Imagine a judge believing a police report to be the final authority of truth without even giving the suspect and the victim a chance to prove themselves.  What kind of a judge is he? In the same way, what kind of people are we if, with unjustified bias, regard our holy book as true and brush off every questions and concerns as irrelevant and ungodly?

Such anti-intellectualism pervades the church.  So much so that an average believer would be hand-tied into believing whatever he is indoctrinated with.  We are so afraid of logic because we think that sound logic will kick God out of the picture, and so we retreat to fundamendalism which, over the centuries, have done more harm to the church than good.  One has to be reminded that only the false Gods will be nuked by the onslaught of logic.  The true God, that is, the Christian God, is the only one who is resilient enough to sustain himself in the presence of reason.

When one is to throw away his biases.  When one is to start from the very beginning as though a child starting to learn anew, he would certainly realize that even before he came to faith in the Bible, there are certain foundational beliefs that he holds to.  For example, the belief that all beliefs has to be true.  Nobody would believe in something that he is certain is false.  The very mere fact that one believes in something warrants his approval to its truthfulness.

In the very same way, one’s belief in the Bible as the final authority, or another’s belief in the Qur’an as the final authority is based on the foundational belief that his belief is true.  Otherwise, he wouldn’t believe anything at all.

This brings out a hidden assumption.  The reason why Christians believe that the Bible is the final authority is BECAUSE they also believe that whatever is in the Bible is true.  By means of transitive property of logic (if A = B and B = C, therefore A = C), it can be said that the reason why Christians believe that the Bible is the final authority is because they believe that the Bible is true.  There appears the hidden assumption of Christians—all beliefs has to have an anchor—truth.

The same could be said in Muslims.

This is also self-evident albeit almost always a hidden assumption.

For this reason, unless TRUTH becomes the final authority of all beliefs, one cannot even begin to discuss differences.  This is reality and the world operates in such.  In fact, to deny my statement is to deny the very fabric of logic—that which is needed to understand and claim just about everything else.  Unless truth is the final authority, those who debate endlessly over many issues will flounder into delusion, failing to know how such disagreements can be resolved.

 

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