This is a horse. No matter what continent you live on, what your religious preference is, what your worldview is, or what your political leaning is, this is still a horse, of course, unless it's Mr. Ed. And with that little equine delight, we venture into a topic near and dear to my heart, objective and subjective truth. As I've mentioned before, truth becomes profoundly valuable to someone who has found their way out of religion. Not all truths are created equally, as we'll see in Chapter 9 of Natasha Crain's Keeping Your Kids on God's Side, titled "What is the difference between objective and subjective truth?" With that, let's see where Christianity lands on the spectrum of truth.
Luckily, Natasha provides us with definitions of objective and subjective truths, so we can all be on the same page. She notes that objective truth "is independently true for all people, even if they don't know it or recognize it to be true," while subjective truth "is something that can be true for one person and not for another." For more clarification, I want to add that objective truths are true regardless of biases, interpretations, feelings, and imaginings. (Wikipedia, Objectivity) That's pretty important when it comes to religion, right? Now, I truly apologize for the following excessively long quote, but it's paramount to understanding why Christian truth is so skewed. Natasha states:
Here’s why this distinction matters. The secular world is increasingly claiming that all truth is subjective—a simple matter of each person’s perspective and opinion. The idea that all truth is subjective, however, is in direct opposition to the claims of Christianity; Jesus clearly stated that His truth is objective. Quite directly, He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Christianity rests on a foundation of objective truth. If objective truth does not exist, that foundation crumbles and all of Christianity crumbles with it. This is no small issue.
Where do I begin? Maybe with the complete mischaracterization of the secular world. No, secularists are not claiming that all truth is subjective. Rather, the secular world simply doesn't want your subjective religious truth influencing their daily lives, whether that be legislatively or educationally.
But Jesus said his truth is objective! Well, that clears it all up. The Bible said that Jesus said...and the Bible is true because the Bible says it's true. The Bible has told me so many absurdities and falsities that to put Christianity and objective truth remotely in the same category is misleading at best. Don't take my word for it. You need look no further than the Skeptic's Annotated Bible for literally hundreds of biblical contradictions, injustices, and scientific and historical inaccuracies. Why would an omni-everything god give us a book that's rife with such inconsistencies? Furthermore, if Natasha is going to claim that Jesus' truth is objective because the Bible tells her so, should that not be demonstrable to all of us? This is precisely why we have the scientific method.
Moving on, Natasha rallies the troops by reminding Christians of how persecuted they are, attacked for being intolerant of other beliefs and for indoctrinating their children because of their truths. Let me just speak from experience here, since, in my case, the two go hand in hand. Yes, as a Christian, I was intolerant of anything that I felt contradicted my biblical truths. When a lovely lesbian couple moved into our neighborhood, I told my children that we hate the sin but love the sinner. How gracious of me. I wonder how "loved" that would have made them feel? In addition, my children accompanied me to a silent protest outside of Planned Parenthood because of its pro-choice stance. Imagine the judgement a young and frightened girl might have felt walking into that clinic as I stood there with my children in protest. I'm mortified and sickened by my own actions. Shame on me!! Shame on me for thinking I was the persecuted one. This is the danger of Christianity's "objective" truth.
"When we help our kids understand the meaning of objective truth and its importance for Christianity, we give them a much-needed foundation on which to build their faith." Skeptic's translation: when you allow your children to believe that Christianity is objectively true, you have indeed indoctrinated them and set them on a crumbling foundation, one that is void of critical thinking skills and resting on the same thing that every other religion was built upon--faith. And that is no small issue.