Jesus the truth

Is there an objective truth?

Postmodernism has been defined as a philosophy that “has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies,” according to one source.

That is true, but there is more to it than that. Postmodernism has at its heart the intense disdain and dislike for the existence of objective truth. More than anything else, postmodernism is very closely related to humanism.

Humanism is about relativism and subjectivism. Relativism means there is no such thing as absolute truth and subjectivism means there is no external or objective truth. If these two are true, then two or more people could believe anything they wish to believe and each of them could be right. There is no right answer, even if someone was to say there was one.

Humanism is about “making man the measure.” No longer is there any hard and fast law or rule by which to live. Instead, “anything goes.”

One writer posited that Jesus was a humanist. This person wrote that Jesus taught, “a religion which emphasized human relationships, human responsibility, and the human ability to be the hands of divine love for each other.”

That Jesus taught humans is true. That Jesus taught a religion of humanism is not. In fact, Jesus taught that there is one objective way in John 14:6, when he said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Jesus’ statement directly disputes the idea that there is no such thing as absolute truth. If there is just one way — his way — then there is no other. Jesus can say this because he is God the son.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 NASB). If Jesus is correct, then there is an objective truth one can know. What is that truth? Jesus said, “Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth” (John 17:17). The word of God is the objective truth we can know.

All of these things disputes postmodernism, humanism, subjectivism and relativism. There IS a truth, we can KNOW the truth, and God’s word IS the truth.

So, have you believed and obeyed the truth?

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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3 thoughts on “Is there an objective truth?

  1. Thank you, Mike. As you wrote, subjectivism and relativism are leading people into a very confused and chaotic world. Thanks for the link, too.

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