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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Truth Joshua Ledford Discussion 2

     Throughout my life I have always I have always been a skeptic to what is and is not considered the “Truth”.  James states that, “Truth, as any dictionary will tell you, is a property of certain of our ideas. It means their 'agreement,' as falsity means their disagreement, with 'reality’” (James). I don’t believe that just because one person or one religion believes in one idea that that one idea is necessarily the truth for all. Based on Christian beliefs, In the beginning before Jesus Christ and the New Testament, The Old Testament spoke that most sins were unforgiven. For example, eating the flesh of a pig was considered an abomination. Now in the New Testament it states that do not let any man judge you for what you eat. So in that concept, God, which is the truth and the law in that religion does change his mind with time. In the Christian religion, his truth changed.
      Another example of the truth is with our American Legal System. Prepares in the 19th and 18th century if you were a horse thief you would most likely be hung. As were today if you are caught stealing a car you most likely will serve time in jail for your offenses but in the 19th and 18th century if you committed an offense against another man or his belongings that you could possibly be facing the death penalty. I believe that’s how the truth evolves through time, experience, education and awareness.
Joshua Ledford


  1. Hello Joshua,
    It is my belief that truth is that which corresponds to reality. In the Old Testament the Israelites were under the law of Moses. That was the truth of it and that was the reality of it. Under that law the people were not allowed to eat pig flesh. The New Testament says, “…the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” The OT law was never intended to last forever; it was simply a tool to show us that keeping the law cannot get the job done. We can never be justified by keeping the law. The job (keeping the law perfectly) had to be done by Christ, the only one that every kept the law perfectly. In the New Testament, it is lawful to eat all things. Jesus said it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out of him. Unlike the Israelites, Christians are under grace and not the law. The Apostle Paul said, “All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” This is the current reality and whatever is reality is true. I gave an example in another post of how that which truth represents changes. If my son is 3 feet tall, that is a fact and that is reality and that is true. If he grows an inch, he is now 3’ 1” tall. That is the new reality and that is the truth. There was a time when he was 3 foot tall, but that reality has passed. It was true at the time, but no longer.

  2. Anonymous11:23 PM CDT

    Wow that was a great response.I see what you are saying we could never be expected to keep the OT laws and it is under sthe grace of God not the law . The truth that yes If you were 3 ft one year and grew an inch 5 months later the truth is that you were 3 ft at the time but the truth now is you are 3ft 1 inch great post, cheers.Joshua.

  3. Truth is indeed whatever corresponds to reality. Trouble begins for philosophers of truth when they forget that reality is dynamic and fluid. The correspondence theory of truth traditionally has forgotten THAT reality, and so James and his cohorts struggled for a better theory. But truth and reality are larger than any theory. Our best bet is to keep our focus on experience and its lessons.

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