Absolute Truth

TruthEarlier this week I spent a day teaching a class to doctoral students titled, “Ethics in a Global Society.” I brought up the fact that the bottom line to any ethical system can be summarized by Jesus’ words, “Treat others as you want them to treat you” (Matthew 7:12) and how some form of the Golden Rule is found in every major world religion. The Golden Rule applies to ethics at every level, local or global.

I also stated that it is difficult to consistently be ethical without a belief in absolute truth. A student then asked me if I believed in absolute truth. I answered, “Yes I do. But I am not so sure how much absolute truth I actually know.”

That type of admission troubles some people. Continue reading

Manti Te’o and Lance Armstrong

Here is my take on the Manti Te’o situation:

Manti Te'oMr. Te’o was duped. I don’t understand how something like that can happen. I don’t understand how someone of Mr. Te’o’s intellect could be so gullible. But I guess it happens. I feel sorry for him. I can’t even imagine the “trash-talk” he will receive when he gets to the NFL.

Once Mr. Te’o realized he had been duped, instead of confessing it right then, he lied. The lie got bigger and bigger. Eventually it was uncontrollable and so he had to keep lying. Pride is like that! Pride, if you let it, will grow beyond your ability to control it. Pride will convince you do to unreasonable things to protect your image. After all, “image is everything.” Continue reading