Solomon wrote, “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12). There is an emerging mindset among the evangelicals, which is having its affect on the church of our Lord. It places subjectivity over objectivity and the relative over the absolute. Subjective truth arises from what I feel or prefer rather than from any source outside of me. One might distinguish subjective truth from objective truth this way. If I look into a jar of jellybeans, I might ask the subjective question, “Which jellybean is my favorite flavor?” Now the correct answer is what I think at the time; it is subjective and may change with time. I can also ask the objective question, “How many jellybeans are in this jar?” There is a correct numerical answer, and all other answers would be incorrect. Our tolerant world wants to make all truths subjective, so that there are no objective truths.
Many today deny there are any absolute truths. They believe there is no foundation for any beliefs, therefore one cannot know absolute truth. From this they reason: “Since we cannot know absolute truth, we cannot be dogmatic about moral standards.” Thus, they will not speak out against moral sins. One individual said, “The truth of the Bible, like any truth, is not best seen ‘objectively’…Where then can I find authority that I can be sure of? Since God is (by and large) invisible, we are left with ordinary people holding a book. As we had said before, we cannot simply “go to the book.’” Truth cannot properly reside as a mere proposition on a paper. “Truth lives in persons and relationships.” Would you agree with his statement? Truth lives with God and truth lives within the Word of God.
We can be sure of absolute truth. While people talk as if all truth is relative, they must live with undeniably absolute truths every day. For instance, people cannot live indefinitely without air, water, or food. People cannot survive on the moon without oxygen or heat. People must have sufficient blood in their bodies to live. People may talk as if absolutes don’t exist, but the real world argues otherwise.
Some are like the Jews of Jeremiah’s day, who would not listen to God but followed their own ways. “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” (Jeremiah 6:16). The question is not whether the Bible is authoritative. It is authoritative and will judge us at the last day (John 12:48). We will not be judged by opinion polls, by popular vote, or by talk show hosts but by the Lord from His books (Rev. 20:11-13). The question is why don’t people care what God says in His Word? In part, they don’t care because they don’t believe He means what He says.
Second, they don’t recognize God’s authority, because they have their minds on the here and now. Today is all that matters. They have forgotten they shall give an account of their lives. Moses lamented over Israel in Deuteronomy 32:29, “Would that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would discern their future!” In Psalm 90:12 Moses pleaded, “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
Third, they don’t recognize God’s authority, because they think God is tolerant like they are. In Psalm 50:16-21 God charges the wicked with thinking He was just like them, because He was patient and silent about their sins. But God will not always be silent. One day Christ will come again to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:30-31).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (Proverbs 1:7). God Bless -ToddDownload PDF