Objective and Subjective Truth (中文版:主觀跟客觀的真理)

All of us have a story. We all are a story.

After church yesterday, while we were hanging around The Aroma (our coffee shop), a man came in named Will. He’s Malaysian by birth but has grown up for most of his life in London. He’s studying in university right now. He stopped by because he thought it felt “sort of Christian” and he had a few questions. He’s one of those thinker types, so it was a great conversation.

Near the end of our conversation, it hit me: what Will is looking for is a subjective truth experience to validate the objective truth that he’s pursuing while looking at the possibility of making a faith commitment to Christ.

In fact, we are all on a journey. I wanted to write a quick post just to encourage you in yours.

Regardless of what you’re after, it’s important to understand it in two ways: objectively and subjectively.

For a follower of Jesus, the objective truth is that Jesus was really a man who really claimed to be God and really died. There’s also a lot of objective evidence pointing to the resurrection.

The subjective truth is the experience of what happens to you when you make a decision to follow Christ. The change in your life. Your attitudes change. Your thoughts change. Your reactions change. These can’t be proven and may barely stand in a court of law, but it’s pretty difficult to deny the existence of the subjective truth you’ve experienced in your personal life. And it’s hard to deny that truth found in others.

Instead of denying subjective and objective truth, learn that they can teach each other, and can be reliable in their own ways.

Learn to embrace the objective truth of the textbook you’re reading on starting a new company, and ask for subjective revelation about how that works in your life. You’ll see that the objective truth has taught your subjective life and your subjective understanding will re-validate the objective truth.

We need both!

Ultimately, the Bible says it’s the Holy Spirit that “lead[s] [us] into all truth” (John 16:13). This is why Jesus real worshipers worship in “Spirit and in Truth.”

In your quest for “heaven in business” or “heaven in whatever-it-is-that-you-do,” find something “objective” and see how it connects with the “subjective.” My hypothesis, and prayer, is that Jesus will teach you this hour, day, week, month and year!

 

每個人心中都有一個故事,而我們本身同時也是個故事

昨天教會結束後,大家一如往常在馨香堂咖啡店聊天,有個在倫敦長大的馬來西亞人走進來,他的名字叫威爾,是個大學生,而奇妙的是他為什麼會想走進來,是因為這邊”有耶穌的感覺”,他也像我一樣內心有很多想法跟疑問,所以我們聊的很愉快。

在談話進入尾聲之際,威爾說了些讓我很震驚的話,他說想親身體驗一些神蹟奇事來驗證大家所說的”真理”,在決定自己要不要完全的信靠耶穌基督。

事實上,我們都在一段追尋真理的旅程中,而我想寫一些想法來鼓勵在這段路上的你們。

不管你在追尋的是什麼,我覺得有兩件事是非常重要的,主觀跟客觀的。

對於耶穌的追隨者來說,客觀的真理就是耶穌他曾經真的是人而且自稱為上帝和為我們死在十架上,並有許多客觀的證據得以證實祂死而復生。

而主觀的真理便是當你決定要跟隨耶穌後所經歷的,生命中的改變,可能是你的態度、想法、反應。這些可能不能經易被證實且在很多人面前站的住腳,但是你很難去否認你自己還有別人親身經歷的真理。

如果我們不去否認主觀或是客觀的真理,會慢慢發現可以從中學到些什麼,也會發現兩者都是可以追尋的。

當你為了開一間新公司而讀些讀物時,你要學習去接納這些客觀的真理,而且要去問祂,將來主觀的真理將會如何作工,你會發現客觀的真理是如何教導你的主觀人生,然後主觀的領會將會再次印證客觀的真理。

我們需要它們兩者! 缺一不可!

最後我想提一下約翰福音16章13節說到,真理的聖靈 “引導我們懂一切的真理”,這就是為什麼真正的敬拜者是用心靈跟真理在敬拜耶穌的。

當你在追求 “天國的事業”或是 “任何有關天國的事業”,不要忘了尋求客觀的真理而且尋求它跟主觀的真理中的關聯,我想並祈求基督會無時無刻的教導著你們。

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