“The Truth is Relative.”
This is a cornerstone of the post modern era that we live in. There are no absolutes, no real definition of right or wrong, and an idea that all ideas and philosophies are true in one way or another.
I started a new small group with my church a couple of weeks ago on the topic of apologetics. In a format of interesting and thought provoking dialogue, we are examining many of the logical fallacies that people put together to establish certain arguments and trains of thought. These fallacies can be organized in an effort to prove or disprove certain theories, philosophies or scientific hypotheses. In a world of post modernism thought where the truth is relative, how do we as believers in the Christian Faith establish a firm foundation on what we believe, and be confident in the understanding of who it is that we believe in?
This past weekend I was on a group bike ride with about 100 other riders. Riding inches away from each other these group rides are a great way for us to practice bike handling, and challenge one another as we prepare for a full season of bike racing. This particular Saturday, we were riding along at over 30 miles per hour and we came to a sweeping right turn. About 20 yards in front of me, two riders hit wheels and bicycles started falling down like dominos. The sound of explicatives, crunching carbon, metal and asphalt was all I heard as I hit my own break levers and moved to the right of the road as quickly as possible. Once I came to a stop, I attempted to slow down my breathing, to make sure my heart would not jump out of my chest.
The carnage of a few riders on the roadway made me think about how some things are not at all relative. On planet Earth, Gravity is an absolute truth. Even though it is not visible, we are all at the mercy of the force of gravity. When the laws of physics are in play, forward motion can come to an abrupt halt due to the force of gravity.
Is our faith so different? In John 18:37 Jesus says to Pilate: , “You say that I am a king. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”
Jesus speaks here of an absolute truth.
On my bike ride Saturday, whether or not I believed in gravity was irrelevant. If I would have crossed wheels with the riders in front of me, I would have fallen.
I write this week to challenge people on their view of truth. How does your view of the world and Christianity shift according to waves of human thought and influence? What does Jesus elude to as he represents ‘truth’? What are the absolute spiritual truths on which we base our existence? In John 14:6 when Jesus says “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” is there another way into heaven?
I praise God that he still has the ability and power to challenge my belief in all He is.