Last week we talked about God as the Creator and source of life. We established certain pieces of his nature that have to be present to be the supreme being.
This week, we’ll discuss more about His nature and the order of the universe that follows from His nature.
“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
God is the creator, and therefore the Logic or Mind, behind the order of the universe. There is a fullness of Truth in God and all truths, however small or incomplete, point to that truth.
People will say that evil is not a thing in itself, but an absence of good. It’s a lack or deprivation. Truth, like goodness, is a building up of something towards an ideal. A lack of truth is falsehood. But an incomplete truth is not bad the same as a lack of good because we’re born without the ability to truly do evil while also born ignorant.
All truth we know is learned. All good or evil can be in flux throughout our lives.
As we learn, we can measure our understanding of the truth by the results our understanding produces. Because God created the world with an order to it, we can tap into the potential of His creation by coming to know that order better.
We learn truth several ways: observation, experimentation, reasoning, and exploration. We can learn about the physical world and see what metaphysical truth that reflects, and vice versa.
In fact, science comes from this world view: that the universe has a logic to it and can be observed. That it operates with laws and rules to guide it.
But, does this translate to moral truth? I say yes. There are principles to live by that are in accord with the way the world is created. You then apply these principles to the situations you’re faced with- which is where the Way comes from.
Need to catch up on the series? Check out Part 1 here.