I Have an Idea
Date: Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:15 am
Topic: Christian Viewpoint
Access Christian Staff
What is the difference between opinion and truth? You can have facts, which properly viewed can lead to a correct conclusion or answer. For example 2 + 2 = 4. The fact that 2 of something and 2 more of those somethings equals to 4 somethings. In other words, you can have a set of data or facts. Some facts can lead to an absolute truth or conclusion, or it can lead to an opinion. For example I have 2 pieces of chocolate and add two more pieces of chocolate, and there the absolute fact is that I now have 4 pieces of chocolate. However, some can argue that it is not real chocolate, or is not good chocolate. However, I still have 4 pieces of something that I classify as chocolate and some may say is fake. With that being said, I still have 4 objects, so 2 + 2 = 4.
What is taking place in our current 24 hour news cycle, is that much of what is reported and discussed is opinion. We learn that we can have objective facts, but the way we use those facts can lead to false conclusions. What is passed off as news is nothing more than theory (or conspiracy theories), or worse false opinions based on faulty facts or lies. I can believe something is true because of something I conjecture based on nothing more than a feeling. For example, I don't like her, she says nice things about the Vatican, so she must be a Roman Catholic and believe that it is wrong to use birth control. But that is a baseless conclusion unless you can verify each hypothesis of your argument. Most media outlets base there conclusions on a worse criteria; they have a world view, and a view on people who do not agree with that world view, and therefore must be wrong and morally evil.