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An absolute truth
April 27, 2009
By Pastor Russell Doebler, Blessed Hope Church, Howard Lake

That may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” Have you ever heard that one? You usually hear it after offering advice to someone.

Our society wants us to believe that everyone can have their own definition of truth. But is it really possible for something to be true for one person, and false for another?

We may interpret truth differently, but the bottom line must be that truth is true, regardless of what we believe about it. Two plus two cannot be four for you and seven for me simply because “my truth” likes the number seven.

Sincerity of belief does not create nor destroy truth. If I drink a bottle of poison, sincerely believing it is apple juice, my belief won’t save me.

We live in an age of “relativism.” It means each person supposedly creates whatever truth he wants, just by believing it. Our society tells us that we have no right to challenge other people’s beliefs because they have their own truth. We are told there is no absolute truth.

But how can that be true, if there is no absolute truth? The statement, “There is no absolute truth,” is, itself, an absolute statement!

We are told, “There is no right or wrong.” But is that statement right – or wrong? It cannot possibly be right if there is no right or wrong. It cannot be absolutely true if there is no absolute truth.

If relativism is correct, and each person creates his own truth, then what is society and life based on?

If there are no absolutes, then our legal system is built on principles that are only true for those who believe them; each person is free to define his own morals; and the Bible’s absolutes become old-fashioned. Yet common sense, alone, tells us that we can no more create truth by thinking a certain way than we can sprout wings and fly to the moon.

Our minds cannot make truth, only discover truth. On the way to that discovery, we make choices about what to believe, but we cannot create truth by believing it.

Our culture tells us it’s fine to believe in God if we want to, but not to bother anyone with “our truth.” But this thinking ignores basic principles of logic – that there either is a God, or there isn’t. Either the Bible is true, or it isn’t. Either Jesus Christ is God in human form, or He isn’t.

The Bible says that Jesus is the only way to know God and the only way to heaven. Believing Jesus is the only way is not narrow or intolerant if it is, in fact, true. If Jesus is the Truth, as John 14:6 says, then it is not intolerant for Christians to believe in Him.

Telling someone the truth is a loving thing to do. The Christian faith is a faith of love, but love does not mean tolerating what is false. Truth is truth. Truth cannot be changed by a vote or act of congress any more than we can change the color of the sky.

During these uncertain times we live in, it is essential for us to have a foundation of truth to build our lives on. I believe that absolute truth about life can be found in the pages of the Bible. If you disagree, I challenge you first to read the Bible before saying it doesn’t fit “your truth.”