In today’s world we hear so many voices, so many opposing opinions. Some people try to tell us that truth is subjective—what I think is truth is true for me, and what you think is truth is true for you. While James does say that, “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (4:17), we’ve got to be careful to make a clear distinction between “I haven’t been convicted of this” and “everything is permissible if I think it’s permissible.” (We also need to make a clear distinction between truth and Truth!)
Yes, even in our post-modern world, we still believe in moral absolutes. Even in our “whatever goes” culture, we still have rules. While we as humans may have differing views on abortion, we still believe that it is wrong to murder a fully developed human being. While our concepts of marriage all differ, we still believe that it is wrong for an adult to molest a child. Throughout history, we’ve relaxed many of our morals, but some things remain the same. This points back to a common-thread, a Creator, a set of rules that were once instilled in the hearts of all humanity.
Today we try to skirt around these rules and try to say that some things just don’t matter anymore. Even some Christians have taken the worldview that truth is subjective. The Bible doesn’t support this idea at all. God wrote rules down on stone—signaling that they were to last forever. From Genesis to Revelation, those rules have been lifted up as relevant. Revelation describes God’s people at the end of time as “those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus” (14:12).
Is Truth subjective? Can I believe anything I want, so long as it doesn’t hurt others?
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
May we ever be in pursuit of Truth,
Timmy Baze 😀
SCRIPTURE PORTIONS TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION, COPYRIGHT © 2001 BY CROSSWAY BIBLES, A DIVISION OF GOOD NEWS PUBLISHERS.
Post Script: 1/29/15
Now you might be asking yourself the question, what does this have to do with God? What does it have to do with my personal relationship with Him. Too often we are told explicitly or implicitly that truth doesn’t matter so much. The main point of this devotional was to remind people that truth matters to God, and it should matter to us. It really didn’t answer the question, “Why?” Why does truth matter to God? Why should it matter to us?
God’s character is love. Everything He does for us is always out of pure love. When He gave the Ten Commandments, He gave them, not because He liked to be in control, but because He knew we would need some guidelines to live our lives, or else we would be very unhappy people. When He gave us the truths of doctrine found in the Bible, He gave them, not because He wanted us to believe a certain way, but because knowing the truth causes us to see a complete and correct picture of the love of God. If I see God as a being who wants to burn people forever, for example, then I have a horribly distorted, unloving, and unbiblical view of God.
Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Jesus, who is the Truth, sets us free from our bondage to sin. Knowing the truth, as revealed through the Word of God, both written (the Bible) and incarnate (Jesus Christ), sets us free from sin. It sets us free from a distorted view of God’s character.
Truth matters because God’s character matters. A loving parent sets rules out of love for their children. A loving God sets rules for His children. A loving parents teaches their children what they believe is true. A loving God teaches His children what He knows is true, because He invented truth.
I’m so thankful for a God of love who doesn’t keep things hidden from us. He shows us, through His Word, what His character is like. He teaches me how to live, so that I can have the best life possible. He died for me to forgive my sins. How else can I respond but with the words, “What can I do for You, O most loving Lord?” And He says to me, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” How can I say no to such an offer when I know what God has done for me, and I know that His commandments are there for my happiness and the happiness of those around me. How can I say no?