We talked about faith and knowledge – there is another confusing word TRUTH. Let us begin with an example:
Ptolemy postulated about 200 CE. that the Sun and the stars rotated around the earth. This became the known truth for about 1700 years. It was a very convenient scientific truth because it fit the theology that man was the center of God’s universe. The theology and the science worked well together and everyone accepted the scientific TRUTH.
Copernicus came alone in the 1500’s and said, “No, I don’t think so.” They put him in prison for heresy. It was not enough that he violated the truth of science – he violated and threatened the truth of scripture. Fearful and ignorant Christians condemned him with vigor. He was a little bit wrong. He did not understand that the earth traveled in an elliptical rotation around the sun. That was figured out about fifty years later by Galileo. The Church put him in prison too.
So what was true became not true. That really presents a philosophical problem. If the truth is the truth then should it always be true, could it have ever been not true?
I believe that truth is a constant. We may not understand it or know it – but it is constant. The truths that we know today are only true to the extent of our knowledge.
If one has faith that something is true – then it is a spiritual truth. A scientific truth or a factual truth is not about faith – it simply is.