The Lie Called Relative Truth

The very last verse from the last chapter of the book of Judges:

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

That is such an apt description of what we’re seeing in our day and time – people doing what seems right to them with little to no regard for consequences. If it feels right, do it. If you want it, take it.  If you can’t get it fair and square, then it’s okay to cheat. What’s true for you is not necessarily true for me.  That’s what the culture says.

I actually had a manager tell me once that it’s okay for supervisors and managers to lie to their employees because, as he put it, “It’s only a business lie and business lies are okay.”

All of that kind of reasoning is based on a very flawed principle called “relative truth”. Truth is only what someone happens to believe it is. The problem with that is, if two people hold totally opposite beliefs, if their views on a particular issue are 180 degrees apart, they CANNOT both be right. They could both be wrong, but they cannot both be right. That’s because truth is not relative, truth is absolute.

When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” (John 14:6), He did not go on to say, “Oh, but that only applies if you happen to believe in me.” I mention that in response to people who say to Christians, “That’s fine, if you believe in that sort of thing, but here’s what I believe….” And again, my response to them is, you’re free to believe whatever you want. God has given you that freedom. And you are free to be as wrong as you want to be. But know this, there are consequences for rejecting Jesus Christ and substituting your beliefs or some man made system of beliefs for the true and inerrant Gospel of Jesus Christ.

On the day of judgement, no one will get to stand before God and make the argument, “But this is what I believed.” That’s because, as Paul wrote in the first chapter of Romans, “…..they know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Everyone, according to Paul, has access to the truth of God. The choice everyone makes, whether they know it or not, is to either deny or accept the truth.