True or just True for you?
This last Sunday, we started a series dealing with the idea of truth and how often what we believe about God isn’t true, it’s true…ish. This is a bold claim, not only because it is claiming that God is the standard of truth, but also because it is claiming there actually IS such a thing as un-changing truth. Twenty-five years ago, it would have been confusing to hear someone talk about truth as anything less than un-changing. It was sort of implied. That’s how truth was defined.
Fast forward to today, and the culturally normative understanding of truth is that it is a relative thing. In other words, we live in a world where two diametrically opposed “truths” can and do coexist. The name of the game today is tolerance, so to believe that there is one truth that everyone is held to seems intolerant.
Well guess what…it is! That’s sort of the point of truth! It is that immovable, unchangable standard that we are meant to measure our lives against. With no standard anchored on truth, humanity drifts in every direction. I came across an illustration of this as I was researching sermons, so I don’t know who to credit, but I think this illustrates PERFECTLY what we are talking about. Let me start with a question:
What time is it right now?
If I ask 100 people that question, I could get quite a few different answers, because although clocks and watches are often very close to right and sometimes even ARE right, they drift. But if you check your cell phone, that time is right. Our cell phones and GPS devices are linked to something called the atomic clock. It is the anchor. Atomic clocks ensure we don’t vary off course even one second per 30 million years. Without that anchor, we’d never actually know what time it is.
This is a perfect example of society with relative truth. If we are not anchored on some sort of absolute truth, we are prone to drift all over. It will come as no surprise to you that we believe The Bible is that standard of unchanging truth, because we believe God is truth. Perhaps you haven’t come to the same conclusion. That’s okay. We want to challenge you to do two things:
1) Consider absolute truth: Something has to be right. We need an anchor. And that means a whole load of things are wrong.
2) Consider Jesus: Search out for yourself to determine what you believe is the standard of absolute truth. If you do, I think you’ll find that of all the options out there, Jesus is the only one that makes sense.
At the end of the day, true is true, whether or not it’s “true” to you.