Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
The idea of truth being relative is not new. It was first introduced by a philosopher named Protagorus, who lived between 490-420 B.C. But the more famous Plato proved the inconsistency of his theory. The reality is that if the statement that truth is relative is true, then in itself, it must be absolute truth.
Relative truth could be described as personal truth because (in these days) it is defined by whatever fits in with your own feelings, ideas or preferences. If something different suits others, then that’s their truth.
The problem is that it is not permanent. Customs, fashions, feelings and circumstances change. And our preferences will change too. So this is a poor method of defining truth. If we spent some time on relative truth, we could literally tear it to pieces.
On the other hand absolute truth is not dependent upon anything. Nor is it tied up with our desires or emotions. It is factual. So it is always stable and unchanging. That’s why we can rely upon it.
The argument about relativity is ridiculous and there should be no need for it. But there have always been those who want to be freed from moral constraints. And some time ago they made a concerted effort to impose their philosophy on the whole of society. What had been holding them up was Christianity with its claims about eternal truth and righteousness. So they pushed Darwin’s theory of evolution and re-introduced Protagorus’s ideas about truth being relative.
At first they concentrated their efforts on the educational institutions (many of which no longer allow the Bible on their premises). Whereas in the past young people were taught responsibility and moral standards, they are now encouraged to demand their rights without being taught that rights should always go hand in glove with responsibilities.
Without sound moral guidelines accompanied by laws to back them up, society becomes chaotic. A good example of this is the rise and fall of the once great Roman Empire. Civilization literally came to an end. And we are heading in the same direction.
Instead of reasoning with our minds the way we used to do, we have resorted to thinking with our feelings. Nobody cares about integrity anymore because it doesn’t fit in with relative truth. Self-satisfaction is the deciding factor. Morality, self-discipline and responsibility have been cast aside. Families are disintegrating. Society is starting to unravel. We’ve lost the compass that used to guide us in the right direction. As the saying goes, we have sown to the wind and are reaping the whirlwind. And all because we’ve forgotten the real meaning of the word “truth.”
Relativity has even spilled over into Christianity. The beliefs of those who go by the name of “Christian,” now vary from one end of the spectrum to the other. They define Christianity to suit themselves. But what good could possibly come out of believing in something that isn’t really so?
Christianity did not originate in the mind of a prophet. Nor did it develop quietly in a little corner out of sight. Its beginnings were factual, rapid and very public (c/f Acts 2:41, 17:1-6). It literally turned the world upside down. Its roots are historically verifiable, and are recorded in the Bible. Beliefs that differ from, or contradict those in the Bible, are not Christian. And calling them Christian will never make them so.
Of course it matters what we believe. Even if we delude ourselves into believing a lie, the truth won’t go away.
God has given us the Bible as a standard of truth to protect us from deception and to get our thinking on the right track. But it’s a waste of time reading it with a prejudiced mind. We will never learn anything that way. I know that for a fact, because I tried and it didn’t work. The breakthrough came the day I decided that I would accept that the Bible had been inspired by God, and that it was both true and accurate. Then I began to read it prayerfully, with an open mind and a teachable heart. After that a lot of misconceptions I had been carrying around were cleared up. And things I hadn’t understood before became crystal clear. Within a short while the Bible became so exciting that I didn’t want to put it down.
The Bible is the most amazing book. Reading it is like collating a big picture of all the things that God wants us to know. Every single verse, phrase and chapter slots perfectly into its correct place. And it doesn’t take too long before you are able recognize false teachings and spiritual error for what they are. They don’t fit into the big picture of the whole of the Bible. They stick out like a sore thumb. And relative truth as it is taught today, sticks out like a sore thumb too.
But those are negative things. I will never get over the wonder of learning the truth about God and His plans and desires for us. I want to encourage you to begin the journey of discovery that I did. You will never regret it.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were
written for our learning, that we through patience and
comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans
“Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17, KJV)
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