Two Opposite Truths Cannot Occupy the Same Space


Blue cannot be red and red cannot be blue. Within the dimensions of space that humans occupy, two facts, resting on identical assumptions, cannot conflict. Science depends on this law and our lives rely on it to be true. What are some other examples? A dog cannot be a cat, a table with one leg cannot stand straight up if it’s built to have four.

Here’s another one: God’s word is truth. If our lives do not exhibit the Word of God, then we are not living out of this truth.

How many of these verses are there? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” The truth here is that belief = everlasting life.

John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

I don’t have a problem with either of these.

Here’s one: “By His stripes, you are healed.”

Now that’s a little more difficult to swallow. But in order to make the argument, the second truth must be established as fact. Many do not accept this and that’s fine. Faith comes into play when religion is at steak. I’m not going to pretend to be able to convince the skeptical reader in this single post that God’s word is truth, but here are some things to think about.

When your girlfriend looks you in the eyes and mouths the words, “I love you,” how do you know it’s true? Can you scientifically prove that she loves you? Sure, there are actions that are kind and an interdependence that exists primarily when love is present, but I could argue that other situations could include the same behaviors.

If you have ever looked at the stars on a clear night and seen the moon shine in its fullness, there’s an overwhelming sense of beauty. The sky is nothing more than a huge mass of matter, with very little pattern and symmetry. How is this inherently beautiful? But no one I’ve ever asked has said that the sky is ugly on a clear, star-filled night.

The tragedy of death is sad. My dog recently had to be put down and it was one of the most horrible days of my life. The truth of the sadness of death is irrefutable, but try to prove it to me scientifically. The fact that everyone agrees that death of a loved one is sad proves nothing. Mass agreement is not scientific.

In order to establish these truths, you have to have a common agreement of the human condition — that we are a mixture of mind, body, and spirit. Feel free to differ with me on the terminology. Some may call it soul, some may call it intellect, but the truth remains that as beings we experience unscientifically proven things every day. A reliance on pure science is to deny fact, and thus a double standard.

Now, I understand that proving the existence of one thing by explaining the existence of another is equally bad science, but I’m not trying to prove God, I’m simply hoping to open the door of possibilities.

In so doing, I hope I’ve not offended. Here’s the argument once again: Two truths cannot occupy the same space. Thus, if Earth’s truths do not always mesh with God’s truth, then we must conclude that two planes of truth exist. If both truths are irrefutable, then both must exist in different spaces.

This is encouraging. It means that in order to experience the other, we must figure out how to get to the other plane. Fortunately, we have a way of discovering how to do this. It’s called faith.

In faith, experience bows to belief. In faith, the natural cannot trump the supernatural. Here’s a verse:

Matthew 17:20. He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

How does one without a belief in God read this and not laugh out loud? Am I saying that the literal translation of this is what was intended? Not necessarily, but neither am I saying it’s not. In faith, boundaries do not exist.

The context of this verse is where Jesus’ disciples were trying to cast out demons from a man’s son and they were unable. Jesus, frustrated with them, brought them back to a place of ministering in faith, instead of the assumption that miracles would continue because they had in the past. See, experience, even miraculous experience, is not faith. Experience bows at the feet of faith.

That begs the question: “How do we get faith?” Answer? The Word of God–God’s truth. It’s only in our entering the realm of God’s truth that we gain the only tool necessary to experience it.

So our argument now has a satisfactory conclusion. Two truths cannot occupy the same space. Our experience in life is not the only truth; it’s a truth. We have the option of experiencing another. We do that by abiding in His Word. We do that by seeking His Truth. And in our abiding, in our seeking, we will find Truth. Jeremiah 29:13.

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