Truth as an idea has an inherent problem: a Two-in-One Problem .
As a rational being man who claims he bases his actions on truth must concede that others also by same faculties shall have their own say in the matter. It can be explained from the history of the Bolshevik movement, which seized power in Russia in 1917. Vladimir Lenin gave a voice to aspirations of the masses but how the Soviet Russia interpreted it was in the way Joseph Stalin thought it fit. If there could be a Worker’s Paradise is it strange if another proposes a theocentric city? Only the question arises who shall formulate laws governing the city- God or man? John Calvin as a Reformer is associated with the Geneva Bible of 1560, where annotations were Calvinist and Puritan in character.
The other problem is to use reason as a transactional tool while Truth is an abstraction that can only be made clear by the way we put in practice.
Each of us in order to be efficient and relevant has to look to time and place. Yet we hold no control over how our actions shape up. Coming back to the early history of the Church, Simon Peter looked to the Hebraic traditions which shaped his entire outlook while Paul, as orthodox as Simon, realized the power that Rome imposed on their world. Being a Roman citizen by birth Paul saw the advantages his birth gave him and took the church to the gentiles and to the far corners of the empire. Peter did the opposite. Even so did the Church strictly follow in the directions shown by them? Time and space do guide our hands.
Experience is like the group-wave where Truth leaves its imprint however imperceptibly to give it a new direction. Calvin’s relevance at the time and place owe to the special circumstances that France faced.
The political history of France in the sixteenth century shows religion and secular power locked into a power struggle. The reformist ideas of John Calvin were ammunition for both for a fresh round of struggle. Caught between is the story of Jean Calais and one who was seen by the Church as Devil’s envoy. Dynamics of Truth exact victims to which we can point out great many. Recently some nuns were butchered in Yemen. Were they guilty for doing charity work for the poor and discarded?
Here we see the Two-in-One problem.
In what manner do we approach our Two-in-One problem? Is it not somewhat similar to how the five blind men from Benares investigated the form of an elephant? One felt his trunk and another his ears and so on. Did it add up? We tend to see Truth from our finite nature which gives it a fractured view.
Truth of experience gives us cues and in following examples shown by other we give truth more mileage. The woman who suffered from bleeding could not get to come before Jesus because of the press. In faith she bent and touched the hem of his dress. Instantly he realized virtue left him to heal her suffering. Another is the precept of ‘turning the other cheek’This are examples of truth of experience breaking new grounds.