DayBreaks for 12/06/17: Non-Negotiable Truth
NOTE: Galen is traveling for the next few days.
From the DayBreaks archive, December 2007:
Not too long ago, George Barna’s research said that only 9% of teenagers who call themselves “born-again Christians” believe in such a thing as moral absolutes. Only 4% of non-born again teens believe in moral absolutes. It would be interesting to see what the statistics say for adults who consider themselves Christians. I’m sure that piece of data is out there, but I don’t have it readily available at this writing. But, it’s not really necessary. If these statistics are real, the point is made. And why, one might ask, would born-again Christian teens not think that there are moral absolutes? Most likely it’s because their parents and churches haven’t taught them that there are moral absolutes. We’ve abdicated the reasoning and logical powers of our youth to relativistic teachers and postmodern deconstructionists who have twisted and blinded their eyes. And I believe most who call themselves Christians but who are adults, have the same problem.
In his book, The New Absolutes, William Watkins cited several studies and then concluded, “Roughly three out of four Americans claimed they embraced relativism and opposed absolutism.” (p. 26)
But wait: isn’t the statement, “there is no absolute truth” a contradiction in and of itself? Isn’t it a statement that purports to make an absolute truth statement even while denying the existence of absolute truth? Of course it is. See how easy it is to swallow Satan’s baited hook?
Maybe some of you who are reading this are saying right now: “But there are no absolute truths.” Okay, let’s test that hypothesis right now. For those who think that there are no absolutes, at lunchtime today, I want you to go into the lavatory, fill the sink with water, and put your head in and hold it totally underwater for 45 minutes breathing nothing but water. Then, come out and tell me if there is absolute truth about this statement one way or another: “Breathing water for humans is just as good as breathing air.”
Some truths are not negotiable, they are absolute. It matters whether you breathe water or oxygen. If you breathe water you will drown for long enough, it is an absolute truth. I guarantee it!
Maybe you are going to the doctor in the next few days. When he/she prescribes something for you, do you want the precise dosage, or do you want them to tell you that “it doesn’t matter how much you take – take whatever you want to”? I don’t know about you, but when I go to the doctor, I want him to tell me the right dosage of medication I need. It wouldn’t be right for him to say to me, “Take as much as you want.” Too much could kill me, not enough wouldn’t help me; I need the right dosage. There is absolute truth in this, too!
Maybe you’re flying somewhere this week or for the holidays. When you get to the airport, do you want the counter person to tell you which is the correct gate and flight and departure time, or to say, “You know, it really doesn’t matter which plane you get on, they all will take you somewhere sometime – maybe even all will take you to the same place.” No thanks. Not for me. I want to know the absolute truth about what flight to get on to wind up where I want to be.
Perhaps you’re saying, “Sure, Galen, but those are physical things. I’m talking about spiritual absolutes – and there are none of them.” Again, a self-refuting claim. To accurately make such a claim, one would have to know every possible fact about spiritual things. If there is a single spiritual truth that someone doesn’t know or have, that one truth might just well be that there are absolute spiritual realities. Jesus said there is absolute truth – and He is IT!
With all due respect to the majority opinion in our society, there is an absolute truth. Jesus said, … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 KJV
PRAYER: Give us the wisdom to recognize falsehood when it comes disguised as so-called “wisdom” and eyes to see that Jesus is the Absolute Spiritual Truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.