I was amused by the tweet (Don’t know what this is? Get on Twitter) by @almightygod the other day: “This tweet is true because this tweet says that this tweet is true. …”
This circular argument is actually quite common. Yet it brings to mind many questions about the very foundational truths we have trusted and still believe today.
My question is this: Why do we think what we believe is true?
And from that question, other questions arise:
Is our belief simply an interpretation of a foundational truth (which others have interpreted differently), or is it a unique and superior belief in itself?
Where does our own experience, or the collective experience of our community and/or faith tradition fit into the validation or verification of our truth?
Is there a possibility that the trust in the truths we hold dear may actually be misplaced, or founded on a faulty logic?
Do we believe what we believe simply because someone we respect highly has taught us to believe in this way?
Should we place our trust in a system of understanding which may or may not be illogical according to common reason simply because it declares itself to be (according to common tradition and historical interpretation) absolute truth?
Or should our faith be simply that: trust in what we have not seen or cannot fully prove simply because of our unique personal and corporate experience of a living and moving eternal Person, namely Jesus Christ?