Wednesday, 10 August 2011
A Barna survey indicated that 66 percent of adults believe “there is no such thing as absolute truth; different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct.” Of those 18-25 taking the survey, 72 percent gave that response.
In fact, some surveys have indicated that as many as 50 percent of professing Christians say they cannot accept the idea of absolute truth.
“Relative truth” holds that truth corresponds to whatever a person says it is, so each person can have his or her own truth. Truth can vary from person to person, from time to time and from place to place. This is not just a matter of different people disagreeing. Truth can even vary for the same person. What is true for you right here today, may not be true for you tomorrow or in some other location.
Now, that is fine when we are talking about our favorite food, because that is a subjective opinion. But those who believe there is no absolute truth, that all truth is relative, would apply that same approach to beliefs about God. The relativist says that if a person believes that there is a God, then that is true for him, but if a person believes there is not a God, then that is true for him.
The problem with that is that there either is or is not a God, and our opinion about the matter doesn’t change the reality one bit.
The idea that every religion is right, that they are all different ways of reaching the same God, is also based on the idea that there is no absolute truth.
Each religion contradicts every other religion, so to say that they are all truth is absurd. Those who believe any religion is okay will tell you that truth is relative. If someone grew up as a Hindu, they say, then Hinduism is true for him.
But those who take that approach are violating their own commitment to relative truth. They actually have their own absolute truth whether or not they ever state it, or even realize it.
They believe in the following absolute truth: They believe that God lets people make up their own religions and believe whatever they want to believe about Him and He will honor their religion in their lives, either taking them to heaven or to nirvana or reincarnating them.
There’s not a single religion in the world that believes that except the religion of relative truth. So, don’t let a relativist tell you that he thinks every religion is right; in fact he believes every religion is wrong.
Jesus believed in absolute truth. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth,” 79 times in the New Testament, preceding statements He made.
The Bible claims that the Word of God is truth. The Bible speaks of God as truth, Jesus as truth and the Holy Spirit as truth. The Bible says the gospel is the truth that we have embraced that has given us salvation and freedom. In the last days, the Bible says, people will want to hear what they want to hear, and they will turn away from the truth. God wants all men to come to a knowledge of the truth, but those who reject the truth are subject to God’s wrath and eternal punishment.
And that's the truth. The absolute truth.