Does truth exist? That is a question that is asked on many college campuses, within the hearts of searching souls, and in modern philosophy. Is there such a thing as “absolute truth”, or are we simply living within our own societal patterns and normalities?
First, let’s address the matter of truth for the follower of Jesus:
“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” – Søren Kierkegaard
Now, if you’re not a follower of Jesus, the above quote means very little to you. Yet, this post is still for you, as well. If you do follow Jesus, this should really cut to your heart. Are you really living the truth of Scripture, or are you simply picking and choosing what parts you find palatable?
In the church, there is much discussion on the blessings of God, which is absolutely essential for our journey of faith. However, there is something that is becoming increasingly overlooked: the matters of holiness and morality.
Many pastors and teachers like to say things like, “Faith will open up doors for miracles and blessings!” What they neglect to say is that faith is dead without actions of obedience to Christ. Without us making choices to live like Christ, we are in-turn negating our so-called “faith”. Where is holiness in a faith that asks for God’s blessings, yet it dismisses walking in the Spirit? Where is the miracle within faith when we turn our hearts towards our own desires, not the desires of Christ?
“To give truth to him who loves it not is but to give him more plentiful material for misinterpretation.” – George MacDonald
Now, to those of you who don’t follow Jesus, what do you make of truth? Do you care what is true, or are you more concerned with what makes you “happy”?
We often hear it said, “Do what makes you happy.” The truth of the matter is, what makes us happy in one moment can also leave us full of regret in another. Truth doesn’t fluctuate depending upon our preferences or our momentary wants.
Does absolute truth exist? For more details on this, please read the book titled “Can Man Live Without God” by Ravi Zacharias. However, I would still like to touch on it very briefly.
If social norms are the standard upon which we build morality, what does that mean for the atrocities in human history?
What of Hitler? In his “society”, his practices were much more welcome than they are today. Was he only breaking the moral code of present day, not of his generation? Was he “good” then, whereas he would be “bad” now?
What of the mass racism of slavery that existed in the American South in the 1800’s? Was that “alright” because of the socially acceptable viewpoints of that day?
Wrong must be wrong, or it is truly not wrong to begin with. If truth is not absolute, then it is a mere matter of preference, not an objective reality.
What do you believe and why?
If truth is something you desire, what are you doing to seek it out?
What if you learned that you were living contrary to the truth? Would you continue to do things your own way, or would you be willing to change?