Is Truth Absolute or Relative?

We have touched on the awareness that the Christian worldview believes that truth is absolute in God.  We believe that He tells us the real, absolute truth in His Word, the Bible.  He tells us what is true in reality because He loves us and wants us to walk in the best ways of truth.  Walking His ways brings goodness; evil results in destruction and death.  The Christian worldview sees His truth as wisdom.

The Atheist and Humanist worldviews believe that truth is relative and every person can determine for themselves what is true.  So, truth becomes relative to each person’s opinions.  And because each person can determine their own truth and morals, then we should be tolerant of all options.  They promote this as freedom of choice.

God does give humans freedom of choice.  If there would be no choice, then there could be no real love.  He created us for love relationship with Him.  But, He always exhorts and encourages us to choose Him and His good ways…choose what is really true and right.  Jesus told us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)!  If we want to really live to the full, we need to live in Jesus.  That is the absolute truth.  You have the privilege to choose, but if you are deceived or ignorant and do not choose His way of real truth, then you have bad consequences.

Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because you have rejected knowledge.”

Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 10:8-13, “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.  Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.”

Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

People are free to choose, but the reality is that only by living in God’s absolute truths, can a person expect good results.  Plant good seeds and reap a good harvest.

James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

John 17:17, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”  (sanctify means to make righteous – right being and right living….we learn to live righteous when we follow His Word of truth…and that is for our own benefit!)

2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Does this fit what I really see and experience in the world? YES!  My conscience bears with me that some actions like stealing and murder are WRONG and some actions like helping a friend are right!  Is it better to tell the truth or to lie?  Think about it.  Loving parents work hard to teach and train their children so that they will have a good life into adulthood.  They even tell them the truth about any inappropriate thoughts or actions, sometimes with discipline, so that the child will not be led into trouble by ignorance.  Good parents teach their children about the dangers in the world so that they learn to be cautious.  Teaching truth, even when it is not happy to hear, is essential to good parenting!  But, good parents also teach them the truth about how much they love them and desire they make good choices in life so that they may prosper!  Parents are not tolerant of lies, or immoralities, or disobedience.  Should our even better Heavenly Father be any different?

But, doesn’t grace require us to be tolerant?  Many churches today tolerate ways not approved by God…saying they are walking in love and grace.  True grace always has the welfare of the loved one in mind.  It does offer many chances for people to change for the better…… even unto being merciful and not giving any punishment; but it never forsakes the truth!  If someone is living in a way that is going to lead them to destruction or maybe even death, then is it love to NOT tell them the truth?  Is it real love to just smile and tell them to think happy thoughts and live however they choose?

Which do you choose….Christian worldview with God’s absolute truth or Atheist/Humanist worldview where each person determines truth, right and wrong?  Which is really love?

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