Is there such a thing as absolute truth?
If you answered yes, you share a traditional world view that is quickly falling out of favor in our culture.
If you said no, you've just contradicted yourself. Saying there's no such thing as absolute truth is actually making an absolute truth statement!
Absolute truths are accepted in almost every meaningful discipline of life: mathematics, chemistry, biology. Two plus two equals four. Not three or five. It's an accepted absolute.
So why, in a world where absolute truth exists in most disciplines of life, does it not apply to morality and spirituality? Who decided these two areas are an exception?
We're living in a time when things are true until we don't want them to be. Think about it.
- By the world's standards, a baby in the womb is a baby only if the mother wants the baby. Otherwise, it's a "clump of cells."
- Our culture has decided binary gender—male and female—are now two of many options that are no longer exclusively male or female, despite physical biological evidence to the contrary. Gender is now "fluid" depending on the individual's changing feelings.
- Right and wrong are no longer absolutes, either. Now, what's wrong for you may be right for me. And who are you to judge?
- A recent Netflix documentary, Liberated, was created to "present the sexual landscape of our culture as it is rather than preach about it." But critics were furious to learn it "showed the emptiness in hook-up culture and one-night-stands." Apparently, it's no longer acceptable to speak the truth.
- Our culture decries control of the nation's borders to stem illegal immigration in the name of children's best interests, yet celebrates the legality of killing babies minutes before their birth.
It's difficult to justify such contradictions in the name of logic and rationality.
We can call evil good and good evil, and claim truth is relative, but that doesn't make it so.
We live in a world that demands hard evidence, yet refuses to believe in a Creator because they won't recognize the evidence that's there. This delicately balanced universe could not have accidentally evolved any more than a Rolex watch just happened to evolve into a sophisticated timepiece.
People who deny the evidence of their own bodies in favor of gender-bending claims are basing those claims on feelings and faulty thinking, rather than biological evidence.
We follow scientists who teach the universe began with a "big bang," but they can't produce evidence or explain the source of the gases that supposedly exploded.
So what's a Christian to do? How can we respond in a way that engages the culture? How can we present evidence based on a biblical world view instead of simply arguing with those who disagree with us?
Follow the ABCs!
- Before sharing what you believe, ask what the other person believes and why.
- Have they researched the topic for themselves?
- What are their personal experiences related to the subject?
- Don't demonize those who disagree with you.
- Really listen to what they say ... and what they don't say.
- Try to understand why they believe what they do. Are their beliefs influenced by past emotional wounds?
- Be willing to plant seeds rather than go in for the kill.
- Care about the person more than you care about winning an argument. Be willing to build a relationship with them.
- Leave the door open for further discussion. Most serious disagreements are not resolved in one conversation.
As Christians, we find ourselves living right side up in an upside-down world. But nobody promised it would be easy. Ask the Holy Spirit for the perseverance to stay true to the person of truth, Jesus Christ. Then speak the truth in love and live it out, regardless of others' responses.
I suspect some of those who disagree with us may be secretly cheering us on. Because if we can live for the one who said, "I am the truth," it gives others hope. Hope that their shallow world, built on shifting contradictions, is not all there is to life.
And that can be the best truth of all.
Ava Pennington is a writer, speaker and Bible teacher. She writes for nationally circulated magazines and is published in 32 anthologies, including 25 "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. She also authored Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, endorsed by Kay Arthur. Learn more at avawrites.com.
This article originally appeared at avawrites.com.
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