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Can the world Handle Absolute Truth? (Part 1)
Does anyone remember the days when we actually had to go to a video store to pick out a movie for ten dollars and then rent a beta video machine for fifty? After going to this community video store for a few years I developed a relationship with the storeowner. One day we got into a discussion about truth and God. He asked me if I believed in absolute truth? I said “absolutely! How about you? Do you believe metaphysically that there can be only one truth?” He responded to me with a laugh and said, “How can you be so bigoted and narrow minded as to believe that there is only one truth when everyone else also believes they have the truth? I believe in relative truth, not absolutism.” (Pluralism) I responded, “Do you believe that absolutely?”
Today I thought I would share with you a few arguments that I presented during my discussion with my friend, the video man. If the world had the opportunity to see absolute truth standing in front of them, could they handle it? If this truth took on the form of a human being would you except Him as the truth or reject Him?
Oh wait! The “Truth” has already come and even lived among us... but they plugged their ears & close their eyes because the “Truth” was too bigoted, politically incorrect and absolute.
Jesus Himself claimed to be not only the absolute truth but the very essence of the word embodied in Him and His Words. In so many ways Jesus spent most of His time on earth proving this fact to humanity. He claimed that the very definition of the word “truth” is in Him and that without Him there can be no absolute truth. Jesus consistently claimed to be the flesh of God. In fact, He said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30, NASB) Jesus also claimed, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father… (John 14:9b, NASB). Jesus did not give Christians any other option but to preach that it is only through faith in His sacrificial death on Calvary that we can receive salvation from our sins. Absolute truth!! Jesus told us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (John 14: 6, NLT) Absolute Truth!! Jesus claimed to be God and since God is Truth and love, love in action becomes proof of truth. 1 John 4:9-10 says “God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love. It is not that we loved Him, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” This is an absolute love given as a gift a pure act of grace dependent on nothing to receive it. This is not a fickle love that is relatively dependent on a situation or an attitude or the cultural or religious environment one has grown up in. If this God is in essence the very existence of love then there can be no other truth. Thus any other ideology or religious thought is false and is not the truth. Anyone claiming to be or have the truth that does not believe the One True God and His proof of love through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (truth) is an absolute liar and a worshipper of a false god of self. I believe that we must judge His statements about Himself as either true or false. Either Jesus is all truth or He is all a lie. There is no middle ground or relativity in this. Still, there are those in our culture who preach that all truth is relative to the environment they live in, or the situation they find themselves in. Some have even suggested that the truth is relative to ones own interpretation of that so called truth. Yet this statement is illogical because many of those relative truths contradict each other’s definition of truth. So if your truth is not my truth, then the very meaning of the word has now been altered. It is almost as if the world has become schizophrenic. On the one hand they want truth but they don’t want someone especially a being like God to be the very definition of truth itself. The world believes that if God exists then He should do something about evil to prove His existence and yet on the other hand they don’t want God to be the final judge as to what the definition of evil should be. In order for God to perfectly judge evil He must also be the very definition of “truth.” Absolute evil can only be judged by absolute truth.
So how does the world respond to this dilemma? They deny the existence of God because he allows evil to exist and at the same time they don’t want to believe in a God that would decide for them what defines that which is good from evil or the truth from lies. Therefore, I must conclude that what the world really wants is to be the primary judge and creator of what is god and evil truth and lies. They still want to play god as they did in the beginning of time. They want to do what is right in their own eyes. When mankind decided to choose his own way, his fate was sealed. Today we are still choosing our way and not God’s, we see that “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Prov 14:12).
Therefore the world’s indecision becomes their ultimate decision--that God does not exist and therefore absolute truth does not exist. From this I have concluded that most of our world can’t handle the truth and in fact does not want to know the truth, which it so desperately needs---absolutely! I have more thoughts on this!! (...Watch for part 2)