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The Truth About Truth

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Jesus said it- it is either true or it is not.

“Well, maybe for you it is true, but for me, I believe in Buddha!”

Postmodernism is a blight on our intellect. It is a sleek deception that reduces all truth to relativism. Its adherents are convinced they are enlightened when they absolutely believe that there are no absolutes and that any belief is as true as another.

“It all depends on how you look at it!” they will cry. In this mindset they can accept both that God exists or that God does not exist, it all depends on the individual holding the view. Right or wrong? For some it’s right for others it’s wrong. Would this postmodern subjectivism work on a math test?

The truth about truth is that it is objective and there are absolutes. But many have lost their understanding about this. Francis Schaeffer spoke in the 80’s about our culture’s drift into relativism. The problem is that truth has become complex and subjective, whereas in the past,

They took it for granted that if anything was true, the opposite was false. In morality, if one thing was right, its opposite was wrong. This little formula, “A is A” and “If you have A it is not non-A,” is the first move in classical logic. If you understand the extent to which this no longer holds sway, you will understand our present situation (The God who is There, The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer, p.6).

That was written in 80’s! It’s become much more true today. But God has not revealed Jesus as simply one other item on a religious menu. And what He has specifically revealed cannot be changed according to our preferences. Nonetheless, in this day of no absolutes, people fail to see the conflict in allowing God to be one way for some, and another way for others. The idea of getting to the TRUTH about God’s nature becomes lost in the insistence on relativism in the matter.

I once had a conversation about the existence of God with an office worker. She refused to give up her idea that “if you want to believe in God, fine. For you He exists, but not for me. ” I pointed to her chair and asked her if that chair was really there. She said yes. I agreed that the chair was truly there. Whether one really believed it or not did not change that fact. The same is true concerning God.

Her reply: “Oh you’re being too logical. You can’t use logic!”

Karl Marx is well known for his statement, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” Indeed, religion is nothing more than this if it amounts only to a relative choice not concerned with absolute truth. Religion becomes a belief or system solely generated to appease our needs- an opiate.

By contrast, the Bible claims absolute truth. Jesus doesn’t claim to be “A Way” but THE Way. Doesn’t the very essence of what we call ‘faith’ require an object of absolute truth? If not, it is a faith built on preference.

We have faith that the food we eat will not kill us. We better be correct! We can have all the faith in the world that a poisonous mushroom will not kill us, but that will not save us if we eat it. Our faith is either right or wrong, no matter how sincere we are. Faith must not be confused with preference!

So seek to know the truth. Don’t subscribe to a faith that will be found to be incorrect and meaningless in the end.


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