Truth is Truth

Alex - Sandy, Utah
Entered on November 11, 2008

Truth is Truth

Two plus two equals four, a simple equation that just about everyone over the age of four understands. Why does it always equal four? Why not five? Or three? The answer never changes because it is a fact, a truth. This is why I believe that truth is not up for private interpretation. Truth is not relative.

It was a hot summer day in Thatcher Arizona. The combination of polyester and perspiration is not a good combination but was a daily occurrence for me serving as a missionary for my church. My companion and I were walking home after a long hard day of work. Talking to as many people as would listen to us. The sound of rejection was starting to have a dull ring in my ears. Finally comfortable with the cool night air out we made our way home to prepare for the next day. On our way home we saw a man walking towards us. Elder Pendleton and I didn’t think anything of it and began to walk towards him to see if he would humor us for a short conversation. But little did we know he had a separate agenda in plan for us. We began talking and after an extensive conversation of theology and religion he made a statement that made me think. “That may be true for you but its not true for me.”

That phrase played over and over again in my head. I thought about it all night and the next morning I came to a conclusion that if something is true it has to be true all the time. There is not sometimes true or it true for some people and not for others but it must be always true or else that truth isn’t a truth at all.

Now this isn’t about proving what belief is true or not or that my beliefs are what everyone should follow but to show that there is a difference between a truth and a belief. A belief is uncertain, no matter how certain you may be about it, it is still uncertain or opinionated. A truth on the other hand is absolute. Truth doesn’t change with circumstances or with what we want. No matter how much I try I will never be able to get two plus two to equal five, or three. It will always equal four. That is why I believe that truth is not relative to circumstances. It is never changing. It is dependable. It is absolute.