We live in a day when it’s unpopular and considered even intolerant to state that there are absolutes when it comes to what we believe — especially in moral and religious matters. In all other matters: science, mathematics, medicine, etc., there are standards, disciplines, rules, and laws that govern the way we solve the rest of life (mathematics, medicine, language, etc…).
Yet, when it comes to moral and religious matters, it becomes apparent that not only does the social trend find it unacceptable to hold opposite points of view then what is considered socially and politically correct, but it is expected that you confirm to their “tolerant” views on these matters, or you will be ridiculed, shamed, sued, perjured, and slandered.
Because it is inconvenient and unpopular to have any views that won’t continuously change to agree with current opinions, today’s culture has disparaged the thought of absolutes.
This is from where the term “moral relativity” generated. It’s the idea that morals are relative and subject to our own personal interpretations and preferences.
Absolutes imply an unchanging standard, a measure of truth that won’t change with time, or people, or cultures.
It’s interesting to compare moral absolutes to the rest of life, where absolutes are followed and accepted.
Think of the engineering disciplines, pharmaceutical standards…
Our universe operates on absolutes. Our educational system. Our medical system. Mathematics. Our justice system (to a degree). Otherwise, why teach math? Why teach English? Why teach science? Why teach history?
My husband is an engineer, and his job would be worthless if there weren’t absolutes. Try designing any building or system without believing in absolutes.
Try being a pharmacist without believing in absolutes.
If you honestly don’t believe in absolutes, then you can’t have an opinion. Opinions are based on a belief. Beliefs are based on a recognition in your mind of some type of absolute — whether it’s false or right.
The problem is not that people deny there are absolutes. The argument is really with what people want to define as absolute.
The natural desire is to self-determine our own absolutes. Whatever makes us uncomfortable, we as humans tend to define as negative. Whatever evokes pleasant feelings in us, we tend to define as positive.
This is where the problem lies. If we can all personally define what is absolutely wrong or absolutely right, then we are our own gods. We establish ourselves as the foundation for truth.
Truth though is truthful only to itself –– not to a person, persons, certain religion, feeling, political system. Truth in itself cannot be manipulated. It isn’t partial. It isn’t self-pleasing. It isn’t capricious. Truth is eternal. Truth is final. Truth is authority.
To understand what is truth, we need to first get past ourselves, what makes us comfortable and happy, and be willing to seek truth no matter how it changes our own perceptions, thoughts, behavior, and life.
Truth will always trump the lie. In a finite minute, it may not appear to be “winning;” but truth always wins.
A lie is something that is absolutely wrong in its conclusion — whether or not there is some truth mixed into it. The end result/conclusion is false.
This, in essence, determines that God is the final authority on truth. The definition of God is absolute, final authority.
If we want to know what is absolute truth, then we need to know who God is. To know God, we can simply start by asking God, “Who are you?” Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. You might be surprised by Who He really is and what He is really like.
Our thoughts of God are not necessarily even close to what He is like. We all get a little “hung up” on others’ interpretations of God or our own. God though is Truth — regardless of human interpretations.
In the book, Think Differently, Live Differently this was said, “Too often we define truth as a collective set of accurate information or even doctrine. While the information or doctrine may be accurate (and therefore true), it does not necessarily have the inherent power to make us free. Truth is as much a way of knowing as it is what we know. Truth isn’t the destination, but rather the compass that we travel with to get us there. Truth isn’t subjective; it is grounded in the core of Someone … just as a plumb line is anchored by gravity in the core of the earth. When we compare other things to the plumb line, we can clearly see what is crooked and what is truly straight. In fact, the way to know truth is to know the One who is the Source of Truth. Jesus said, ‘I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life’.”
Lots to ponder on this but extremely important if we want to have a foundation of truth to under-gird our lives. My goal is to be a seeker of the Truth.