Arguing Your Case
When I first boarded that tramp steamer right out of high school, I was as sick as vomit for several weeks, but I had to work anyhow between trips to the leeward railing. I would often glance out the porthole while I was mopping below decks and wish I could be as fixed and steady as the horizon. One day, after the seasickness had subsided, I glanced out the same porthole and was startled to discover not the ship but the horizon slowly tilting back and forth. What had happened, without my knowing it, was that I had adjusted to the center of gravity of the freighter and no longer was trying to stand in relation to the center of gravity of the earth. I had broken my allegiance with the globe and tossed my fortunes in with 8,000 tons of rolling steel. Which was the true center of gravity? Is there one? When we fly into space and leave the earth behind, are we climbing or falling? If two rocks pass each other in space, can we tell if both are moving at half the relative speed, or if either one alone is doing all the moving? Science tells us that the earth circles around the sun and the moon around the earth, but if either the earth or the moon could be held still in space, wouldn't the cosmos continue to dance around them as the fixed points just the same? It is all relative. It all depends, as Clinton said, on what the meaning of "is" is. There well may be a Truth out there. I believe there is. But that does not give me, or anyone, access to it. Even Scripture was translated, and the translation still needs to be interpreted.