Truth Is Fallen In The Streets
Today, as in the past, “Truth is fallen in the streets” (Isa. 59:14). Therefore, as strange as it may sound to our ears, there’s a real need in our day and age to talk about true truth. True truth, of course, isn’t relative; it’s absolute. This means that true truth is true even when we don’t think so. In other words, true truth is always true. For example, God is true truth (Jer. 10:10); it is who and what He is (Deut. 32:4; Psa. 31:5). In fact, the sum total of everything God says is always true truth (Psa. 119:160). The complete antithesis of all this is the devil, “who is a liar and the father of it” (Jn. 8:44). As such, he is the father of all those who “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18). Thus, there should be no doubt it was the devil who was the instigator of the idea that truth is always relative.
This, then (and I'm speaking now of the idea that all truth is relative), is the proverbial and/or metaphorical elephant in the room of most conversations taking place today in our post-modern, post-Christian culture. Unfortunately, this is even true of our religious “dialogues,” and I put dialogues in quotations because when we are engaged by interlocutors who believe that “all truth is relative,” there is actually little room, if any, for meaningful, productive dialogue. Instead, what frequently passes for such intercourse is something very similar to the incessant blaring of ships’ horns as they pass one another on a dark, fog-filled night, with both plying courses where it is hoped that never the twain shall meet.
Even Among Us
It is unfortunate that some of our own brethren, even though continuing to mouth the shibboleths of a bygone era, have allowed themselves to be caught up in the truth-is-relative milieu of a lost and dying world. These have pretty much abandoned the grammatical-historical methodology of a “tried and true” hermeneutic (a hermeneutic that has served us well over the years) for the extremely liberal historical-critical hermeneutic in which the Scriptures are not even afforded an a priori standing. These have lost sight of the truth that there is only one objective standard for what we must believe and practice religiously—viz., the divinely inspired Scriptures.
I’ve started referring to this abandonment as “The Sixty-Seventh Book Of The Bible Syndrome,” a syndrome now running rife among those who believe the Bible must be interpreted by the latest facts of “modern modern science,” as the late Francis Schaeffer called contemporary man’s obsession with naturalistic philosophies (cf. The Church At The End Of The 20th Century, p. 13). It is shocking to hear of the influence “modern modern science” is having among us, with elders who boldly assert that the age of the earth is somewhere in the vicinity of 4.7 billion years. One of these has made it clear that he does not even believe that Adam and Eve were real people. Brethren, it is later than many of us have suspected. Thus, it seems appropriate to ask, per Luke 18:8 (in a slightly different context, of course), “when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?”
The One Who Was “True Truth,” And Nothing But The Truth
When Jesus stood before Pilate, He said He came into the world to “bear witness of the truth” (Jn. 18:37). Not only that, but He made it clear that “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (ibid.). But in what appears to be cynicism personified, Pilate asked without waiting for a reply, “What is truth?” Maybe he, too, thought, like so many today, that truth is relative. What he did not realize, though, was that the bodily personification of True Truth stood before him that day. Although he found “no fault in Him at all” (verse 38), and that was a most remarkable exclamation, He nevertheless sentenced Him, had him scourged, mocked, and finally crucified. In doing so, Pilate was not alone, for we live in a world of Pilates who, exhibiting the characteristics of their father, the devil, “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18). Just like Pilate, many today, when presented with the truth, are willing to crucify it, even though they can find no fault in it.
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