DayBreaks for 7/03/20: Just Try Breathing Water
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2010:
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) Only 9% of American, born-again teens believe in absolute truth, and the percentage of American adults that believe it isn’t much higher.
Isn’t the statement, “there is no absolute truth” even a denial of that assertion? Isn’t it a statement that purports an absolute truth (“There is no absolute truth”) while denying its existence?
Some truths are not negotiable, they are absolute. It matters whether you breathe water or oxygen. If you breathe water you will drown, it is an absolute truth.
When I go to the doctor, I want him to prescribe me the proper dosage of medication I need. It wouldn’t be right for him or her 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.
When I get ready to fly somewhere, I want the counter person to tell me the correct flight to board, I don’t want to hear, “It doesn’t matter which plane you get on, they all will take you to the same place.” I want to know the absolute truth.
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) Just because someone makes a claim isn’t proof that it is true…but sometimes it is. We must each decide if we believe Jesus was right or wrong when he made the claim he did.
One can make the valid argument that physical things are more easily definable as absolute truths (such as breathing the right kind of air versus water) than in the spiritual realm. But our experience in the physical realm should give us clues about how the spiritual realm may operate: if there are absolute truths in one area, why not in all? And therein comes the rub – we can’t prove God’s existence, we can’t prove He is love, we can’t prove there is life after death. There are those who claim that God doesn’t exist, and those who believe He does. He can’t both not exist and exist at the same time. He is either there or He isn’t. Heaven and hell exist or they don’t – but both cannot possibly be true because they are diametrically opposed – like the on or off of a light switch.
Anyone who tells you that there is no such thing as absolute truth wants to ignore the facts of experience. If you were to suggest that they go breath water for 30 minutes if it is not absolutely true that it will kill them, they’d think you’ve lost it, but you’ll have made your point.
Let’s search for Truth. It matters!!!
PRAYER: Give us wisdom to recognize and know truth! May we have discernment in a world that denies the very existence of truth in any form! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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