What color is that dress? Some see white and others see blue, what color do you see? The question has befuddled the globe and has become an overnight sensation on social media. People who have seen the dress in person revealed what I already knew ( http://t.today.com/popculture/white-or-gold-blue-or-black-dress-sets-internet-ablaze-2D80518434 )-it’s blue and black!
But this dress conundrum forces us to face a deeper philosophical question of reality verses perception, alethiology, and epistemology (the study of the nature of truth and how we can know anything — http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/truth/ ). Is there a real “truth” or are there only perceptions of truth.
Our postmodern philosophy denies the reality of truth outside our own experiences. Truth is equated with preferences rather than real facts. The postmodern ideas are absurd. We experience realities every day–snow, sleet, cold, hot, divorce, marriage, birth, and death. These events are not preferences they actually happened. Furthermore, all the sciences are based upon a reliable universe of real things with real consequences. With a real reality there could be no real mathematics, archetecture, biology, history, medicine, or research in religious studies.
Perhaps that is why postmodern thinking began and is so prevalent. It accepts everything as a possible preference and personal truth except that which claims to be exclusive truth–Christianity.
God warned us this has happened in the past and that it will continue to happen.
God wants us to know him. If we know God, we will know the truth which is a part of his very character. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except by me” in John 8:32. God said, “I the Lord speak the truth” (Isaiah 45:19). Furthermore it is by God’s word of truth that we are sanctified (John 17:17). Therefore, we are to rejoice in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). The church is to be “the pillar and buttress of truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
That dress has a true color no matter your perception of it. There is is real truth no matter our perception of it. Let us be lovers of that which is true. Let us believe and practice that which is true. Let us hold to the true God of Heaven (Acts 4:12).