Absolute truth

“That,” someone says sweetly, “is just your interpretation of scripture. There are,” they add knowingly, “many other interpretations.” “You know,” someone else says during a religious discussion, “that’s not what that passage means to me.”

There is in our society today only one absolute truth: There is no absolute truth! There was a time when we admired a man for standing on conviction, expressing his beliefs even if they were unpopular. Today we call such a man a bigot.

“These truths we hold, well, uh, to be unreliable …”

You know, it’s funny, when we talk about morals and doctrine, there seem to be no truths that we can know for certain, but that’s not the way we behave in any other walk of life!

When a policeman pulls you over for speeding, you were either guilty of speeding, or you were not. It’s possible of course that the policeman’s mechanism was faulty. But in that case the truth is that you were not speeding.

Nashville is either the capital of Tennessee or it is not. You might wish it were not — you might prefer that the capital be Pinson. You’re allowed to have your opinion about which town should be the capital, but until some change is made, your opinion does not change the truth one whit. The state capital is still the Music City.

Truth frees us. “You shall know the truth,” Jesus declares, “and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).

“Sanctify them by the truth,” he declares elsewhere, “your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Without truth, there are a lot of people still in bondage. There are a lot of people who have not been sanctified.

I’m sorry — that’s the truth!

3 thoughts on “Absolute truth

  1. It’s been coming since that art exhibition in 1935 (?), with pictures such as that ‘Nude Descending a Staircase’, which wasn’t about that that at all. Art began to be ‘in the eye of the beholder’. And then poetry, which meant whatever you wanted it to be. And now any text, which can be understood by a 10-year-old, but she will later learn to ‘mis-understand’ it.

    I read last week, “God is love, and Jesus is God, so shouldn’t our theology flow from that?” Well, those are VERY important verses, but our theology should flow from the whole NT, not just from two verses.

    I occasionally listen to evangelists on TV. It’s obvious that most of them have never done a word study of “save”, “salvation” and “saviour”. They leave things out, and they introduce things, as if they had the authority to do so. Haven’t they heard that Jesus is King. Some people behave as if they were senators in the democracy of heaven…..

  2. Great article Stan!

    Off-topic, up until I read this article I had thought that Knoxville was the capital of Tennessee. Did I just admit stupidity? 😉

  3. It kind of reminds me of people asking, “What faith are you?”, with the deluded idea that God allows more than one faith. But there is “one faith” (Eph. 4:5) just as there is one truth! Thanks for the article, Stan. Lit my spiritual fire!

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