Absolutely! Absolute truth is real! How can you be sure Bro Dave?
I can prove it. If you read the chapter from my book you know where this is headed. Here; let’s just quote from it:
First, let’s establish a working definition of absolute truth, the same one I used with my nephew. Absolute truth is something that is true at all times, to all people, everywhere. This is similar to the one Josh McDowell uses, co-author of Right From Wrong:
“Absolute truth is that which is true for all people, for all times, for all places. Absolute truth is truth that is objective, universal, and constant.”
Agreed? So my question, is there anywhere in the world that I can go and say, walk up to a patron of an outside café, who is a complete stranger, pull out a pistol, put it to his or her head, and pull the trigger? No? Why not? Because it’s murder? You sure? This looks like an absolute truth to me!
I can also get a moral relativist to prove absolute truth. Try this conversation on for size. If someone says to you, “There is no such thing as absolute truth,” then ask them, “Are you sure?” If they say, “Yes I am,” then ask them “Are you absolutely sure about that?” Usually this person will catch on but if they insist that they are absolutely sure that there is no absolute truth, gently inform them that they have just stated an absolute truth.
Moral relativism believes that all truth is relative which makes the statement only relatively true. Not following me? If truth is only relatively true, could there not be someone for whom it is absolutely true? You see, what is true for you is not necessarily true for me. But the fact that it is true for you proves that all things are not relative. Feeling like the AFLAC duck with Yogi Berra yet?
It is confusing or silly because the premise of moral relativism is foolish. It is logically untenable to defend moral relativism because even if a whole city of people determined something true to be false, that something would still be true.
So then why moral relativism? Because humanists must have it to defend their belief system. In fact the American Humanist Association defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” In other words they are atheists trying to good without the benefit of God and His Holy Word. Go to their website and see the titles of some of their explanations and essays.
The Prophet Isaiah warned of these separated from God:
“No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.” (Isaiah 59:4)
Now come on Bro Dave I’ve met some wonderful people who are atheists; strong family values, hard-working and patriotic. So have I but your beef is not with me.
“An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not abhor evil.” (Psalm 36:1-4)
How many atheist do you know that acknowledge evil much less abhor it? I know a very “moral” atheist who sees nothing wrong with pornography. You know why? He can’t!
Sixty-six percent of Americans, 2 out of 3, believe in moral relativism. That means only 1 out of 3 Americans believe in absolute truth and yet 88% of Americans self-describe themselves as Christians. George Barna who did the survey made this statement about moral relativism:
“This is one of the great deceptions of our age. Embracing relativism under the guise of Christian faith facilitates comfort with sin. By claiming the authority to determine right from wrong, we crown ourselves the kings and queens of reality, yet we have no such authority and we constantly pay the price for the arrogance of believing and acting like we are in control of our destiny and experience. What an affront it is to God for us to claim His name and protection but to resist His moral truths on the basis of human feelings.”
Understand that most of these people describe themselves as followers of Christ and say the Bible is accurate in all its teachings. What?! Have I not already shown how the Bible declares absolute truth?!
So how does this happen? It doesn’t make sense! Of course it does! Americans, Christians and non, believe that truth is based on feelings, experience, and/or emotions. You know that don’t you? You’ve seen that, haven’t you?
Don’t we teach that to our children in church and schools across America? Of course we do! And why do we?
Because the pulpits have given right ground to the humanists.
More on that tomorrow.
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