If Truth is Clear, Why Do People Reject it?

There is nothing as clear and logical as truth. At the same time, there is nothing as unclear and illogical as falsehood.

This is so because truth is a state of being factual and real. It is an aggregate of things, events, feelings and experiences that are genuine and credible, hence fulfilling.

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Conversely, falsehood is a state of being unreal and deceptive. It is an assemblage of ideas, occurrences and emotions that are inappropriate, false and misleading, hence eventually disappointing.

Man himself is a manifestation of truth. Therefore, he craves for and seeks only truth. His being is incompatible with falsehood. Marriage, or joint undertaking, between man and falsehood is one of convenience. There’s little love lost between them.

Moreover, for obvious reasons, there is nothing easier and more straightforward than living, inviting to and promoting truth. At the same time, there is nothing more difficult and more dishonest than living, propagandizing and disseminating falsehood.

For example, nothing could be easier than telling the world that two plus two is four; or that the sun is the brightest object (star) in our sky; or that a created thing must have a creator; or that man is composed of body and soul and that he exists for a noble purpose.

However, the problem will be to tell the world that two plus two is anything but four; or that there is in the sky a brighter object (star) than the sun; or that a created thing came about by an accident or on its own; or that man is solely composed of matter and that his existence is meaningless and is only for self-indulgence.

The first set of ideas denotes evident actualities. Hence, they belong to the orb of truth. The second one denotes evident lies. Hence, they belong to the orb of falsehood. It goes without saying that attempting to refute the former and accept the latter is an aberration. Neither is right.

Similarly, there should be nothing more sensible and compelling for man – who is most obviously a mortal creation – than the fact that there is an everlasting Creator and Designer, who constantly communicates with man through the revealed and created signs. The Creator thus illuminates, guides and empowers man. He protects his wellbeing and sanity.

Also, there should be nothing more loathsome for man than to deny the obvious. That is, to claim in the midst of his creation-ness that there is no Creator and that everything is without an aim; to claim in the midst of his terrestrial weaknesses that there is no absolute heavenly authority and rule; and to claim in the midst of his earthly chaos and madness that there is no heavenly peace, justice and bliss.

The prophets used to exclaim in the face of the obstinacy of their rebellious peoples:

What! Can there be a doubt about Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth? (Ibrahim, 10)

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About Dr. Spahic Omer
Dr. Spahic Omer, an award-winning author, is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He studied in Bosnia, Egypt and Malaysia. In the year 2000, he obtained his PhD from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in the field of Islamic history and civilization. His research interests cover Islamic history, culture and civilization, as well as the history and theory of Islamic built environment. He can be reached at: [email protected].