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Your Truth…My Truth…THE Truth By Hal Lindsey

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Oprah Winfrey thrilled the world with her speech at the Golden Globes ceremony.  The Atlantic said, “It was undeniably the most electrifying moment of the 2018 Golden Globes.”  CNN called it “extraordinary.”  The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, tweeted that Oprah’s words were “empowering & inspiring.”  That’s surprising because the speech contained at least one swipe at her father.  People were so thrilled that they immediately began clamoring for Oprah to run for president in 2020.

In the speech, Oprah employed a phrase that concerns me a great deal.  She said, “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”

The phrase “your truth,” as it is commonly used, is a non-sequitur.  Ideas, beliefs, and opinions can belong to you.  But truth stands above those things.

Oprah brought up “your truth” while speaking of sexual harassment.  But if truth changes according to point of view, how can we convict the rapist?  The victim’s “truth” is that she was sexually assaulted.  The rapist often claims that the victim really wanted him to attack her.  His view is clearly nonsense, but if he believes it, it meets the common definition of “his truth.”  Our justice system must be based on THE truth — not just opinion, or point of view.

In a world where truth and opinion are one, a white supremacist’s worldview would be as valid as any other.  White supremacy would simply be “his truth.”

When we see truth as malleable depending on point of view, we build on shifting sand.  You don’t want an architect to use “his truth” when designing the foundation of an office tower.  You want him to use “the truth” — objective, solid truth.  You want him to use mathematics.  2 + 2 = 4.  If “your truth” says something else, then it is not truth, but a lie.  If an architect builds on lies, the structure will fail.

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