Anyone who reads my blog knows what I believe about God and salvation. You really only need to read my Apostles’ Creed page to get a nutshell version. But what I believe doesn’t really matter because it doesn’t change what is true.
God did not create the earth and all life on it because I believe that He did. By the same token, life did not spontaneously begin without the help of God because atheists believe that it did.
There are certain truths in this life that are determined solely by what I believe or what someone else believes. For example, I believe that I do not like mushrooms. In fact, I hate them. They taste like dirt and the smell of them cooking makes me nauseous. Other people love mushrooms; some of these people have tried to convince me that they are good, and I don’t argue with the truth that they like them, but their belief that mushrooms are good does not change the fact that I hate them.
Opinions about favorite colors, whether movies are good or bad, whether it is better to live in the country or the city, and a host of other things are dependent on what each person believes. The truth of a particular opinion is subjective.
There are other truths, however, that are not determined by what I or someone else believe. These truths are objective in nature. Truths that fall into this category include:
- Whether there is a God.
- Whether life was created by a God or spontaneously occurred billions of years ago.
- Whether, if God exists, He is loving and compassionate, vengeful and hateful, or indifferent and disconnected from His creation.
- Whether human beings cease to exist when they die or enter into the realm of heaven or hell.
What I believe about any of these things doesn’t change the truth, but it can change me. What you believe doesn’t change the truth, but it can change you.