|we tend to filter our experiences through our beliefs
I should reword it then to the closest one can get
to absolute truth is personal experience.
Of course, we still need to add caveats for insanity and things like it. For instance, I am eating an apple. This is absolute truth for me, my reality, my experience. If my husband walked in and said, "I just ate an apple" that is not absolute truth, I would have to take that on faith: "I believe
he just ate an apple." I couldn't say "I know
he just ate an apple" unless I saw it.
And then that is all subject to my mental health. I am eating an apple
could be an hallucination, I could be out of my mind and there is no apple at all.
And the filters of which you speak can be worked on also. There is the reality of a situation, and then my thoughts
about that reality. The actual reality is tiny compared to my thoughts about it. These are the filters. If I practise living in reality, seeing things as they really are
and not as I imagine/think them to mean
to me, then I can get closer to absolute truth.
What is the one thing that you know for sure? This is a question often used to jolt people, and a common one. Because there is only one answer. "I exist" or "I am here now". Everything else is an illusion. Or to put it in friendlier terms, everything else is just a thought
Circling back to biblical terms, "God made men leaders" is just a thought, it doesn't exist unless you think it. Once you've thought it, you then choose to believe it or not. If I want to base that on absolute truth instead of merely faith, then I must know it as truth, I must experience it. In this case, there is still no evidence.