“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
In this new series, I’d like to consider objections to Christianity that I have heard during my Christian pilgrimage. Some of the arguments require substantial refutation, while others can be dismissed rather quickly. These objections, to be sure, could very well be levied against any religion, as many of them are simply objections against a god in general. Often, when Christianity is attacked, arguments against a god (in general) are mixed with arguments against the Triune God of Christianity. Therefore, arguments that are levied against both general theism and Christian theism will be considered in the series, even under the banner of “Arguments against Christianity.” The arguments will be refuted from a specifically Christian point of view. That is, I write as a Christian, and not as a defender of mere theism. We will consider just one argument each time, and I will offer a brief refutation.
May this series equip the apologist, and challenge the unbeliever to prayerfully reconsider his position.
There is no ultimate truth, and so to postulate Christianity as ultimately true is false from the start
This sentiment has gained some ground over the last few decades with the death of the metanarrative . The idea is simple: There are no ultimate or absolute truths, no big, overarching narrative which everyone is subject to. Rather, you are free to discover your truth, or your narrative. From the start, therefore, any ideology or religion that claims to be true, in the ultimate or absolute sense, should be rejected outright – a priori. What is true for one person, it is believed, might not be true for another.
The problem with this, however, is that the argument is self-refuting. Saying, “There is no ultimate truth,” is an ultimate truth. That is, saying something about an overarching truth—even a negation of an ultimate truth—requires one to postulate an ultimate truth. Thus, I would reply, “Is that statement ultimately true?” If there is no ultimate truth, then the statement, “There is no ultimate truth,” is not true, and there may very well be ultimate truth. Your argument must be able to stand under its own weight, which, as demonstrated, this one cannot.
For the Christian, the overarching reality is the glory of Christ as it has been revealed throughout redemptive history – from creation to consummation. This is the overarching truth. Christ is truth (John 14:6) and wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30), and this reality affects everyone. I remember talking with an agnostic one evening. I told him the gospel and what it means to receive the gospel, and I also told him about those who reject the gospel. To my surprise, he didn’t have an objection to the doctrine of Hell. Rather, he was bewildered that I thought my belief had anything to do with him. That is, he was operating under a kind of relativism where “my” truth was good and fine, but it didn’t have anything to do with him.
The fact that there is an overarching truth – an ultimate truth – is actually fantastic news. Jesus will reconcile all things to Himself (Col. 1:20). Those who believe in the Son will have eternal life with Christ in the New Heavens and New Earth, and the wrath of God will not be on them (John 3:36). By rejecting ultimate truth, you are not only making a self-refuting statement, but are rejecting the ultimate truth that is mighty to save you (Zeph 3:17; Jude 1:24-25).
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6
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