Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Post Modern Workshop Part 3


The basic premise that I presented and most everyone agreed with was this:

1.) All of our experiences with truth are "little t" experiences. Meaning this, absolute truth exists ("Big T"), we only have the capacity or ability to experience a small portion of that absolute truth. Example: My conversion and experience with Christ is unlike anyone else's. They have similarities but in the end they are different. Just like we are all blessed with different finger prints. Now, does that make my experience right and your experience wrong. Of course not. They are both truthful experiences expressed in different ways. Remember when Peter asked Christ to compare John to himself? Christ response was, "What is that to you? Your must follow me!" Christ is concerned with our individual experiences with Him. He is concerned with our individual responses. Why do we assume that if my faith does not look like yours then it is automatically wrong?

2.) I first heard this said from Brian McClaren. How can we put a definition to Truth when Truth is an embodiment of Christ? (i.e.- I AM the way the TRUTH and the life.) We, as Christians, believe that Christ is the ultimate or absolute Truth. That is our best definition.

Just so you know...These post will come and go and may take a while to get them all in. I don't intend on putting them all in a row.


Makalya was right, this is confusing. I'm not sure if I get it or not, but little t is almost a part of Big T???

little t is ALWAYS a part of BIG T. If it wasn't a part of BIG T then it wouldn't be truth at all.

Truth can be known though ... even if it is a little t ... we can know truth ... for example:

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so.
Kansas Bob,

What criteria do you use to sort out all of the little t truths? Can it be said that some little t truths are not as true as others? And how do you converse with someone whose little t truth is completely antithetical to your own?
Just Some Questions,
Andy B.

Good quesitons. To begin conversation I would assure the individual that truth exists outside of Christianity. I don't know that I have ever run into a situation where someone elses truth is completely antithetical to my own. Could you possibly cite and example?

As far as one truth being more true than another...not sure how to respond without getting into situational ethics. That is exactly what I don't want to do. If I believe that truth was embodied in Christ, which I do, then Christ is truth. Does that mean it is black and white, not necessarily...I don't think that Christ was Black and White on all issues, but I know what he said is true.

Don't know if that made any sense.
I don't think that Christ was Black and White on all issues

Guess that is why we need His Spirit to lead us :)

Great post Adam!
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