By Darryl Budge
What does the parable of the six blind men and the elephant ultimately mean?
The parable is told of six figurative blind men, representing different world religions, who feel a different part of an elephant and come to different conclusions regarding what the elephant is actually like.
The story is usually told by religious pluralists who teach that no religion has The Truth, many religions accurately describe personal experience and there are many ethical paths that lead to the Divine.
What does it really mean?
The religious pluralist who shares this parable is claiming that everyone is blind, except himself.
Somehow he can see the elephant objectively and has escaped the spiritual blindness which all other views suffer.
If the person telling the parable can have an objective perspective, why cannot the blind men?
Truthfully, no-one could know that the blind men were wrong unless a truly objective perspective does exist.
Does it accord with known laws of logic?
The law of non-contradiction states that A and non-A cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense.
The major religions claim opposite views of ultimate reality, a.k.a. the Divine.
God cannot be both personal (in Christianity and Islam) and impersonal (in Buddhism). God cannot both exist as a Trinity (in Christianity) and not exist as a Trinity (in all other religions).
What about the supposedly non-religious atheist?
Atheism likewise denies it is possible to determine transcendent Truth.
The majority of atheists deny truth can even be determined subjectively while necessarily implying that their arguments and evidences are true and expecting others to subjectively determine that their arguments are true.
Can objective truth be known?
The God of the Bible states that His transcendent, eternal "divine attributes and invisible nature are clearly seen" in nature and in our inner moral conscience, says Romans 2, so that we are "without excuse".
Perhaps you are reluctant to admit objective Truth exists because that Truth will convict you of wrong-doing and your accountability to God.
The good news is Jesus, the just Judge of the Universe, has paid the immeasurable penalty you deserve for living in opposition to His perfect nature.
If you are willing to discard self-defeating assertions, such as 'truth cannot be known', and choose to turn your heart and mind to Jesus, He promises to reveal all His truth and His kindness to you.•