People who outwardly and firmly express belief in a religion – any religion – are often criticized by moral relativists as being “absolutists” (I assume the relativists are being critical in making such a categorization). Regardless of their intent, I agree and am comfortable with that label. After all, the Ten Commandments are about as absolute as it gets. Jesus didn’t exactly walk on this earth preaching moral relativism.
The recent and ongoing HHS mandate is but one example of this struggle between relativism and belief in the Word of God as Truth. It’s ironic because in many ways, those in favor of the government dictating who pays and what we should pay for regardless of religious beliefs and moral convictions are following their own creed, their own dogma. The dogma of government. A situational preference in human wisdom over divine wisdom. In the end, in these situations, they are absolutists themselves, but on the wrong side. Their side goes against the heart and soul of our creation, against the Truth that establishes our most basic and universal moral truths, against the divinity that gives us our very existence and rights as humans. Rights given to us by our Creator, not by humans to give and take despite their best but imperfect intentions.
It’s in this spirit that I had the joy of reading this wonderful piece in The Western Center for Journalism. The entire article is well worth diving into and if one is honest, many truths will be revealed. Actually, only one Truth.
The truths found in scripture are absolute. They are not malleable nor can they be textured to suit our own persuasions. They are the everlasting words of the Almighty God. We are warned not to add to his words, or “he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” (Proverbs 30:6) We are cautioned not to subtract from his eternal truth because “if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:19) For some, this makes no sense because they don’t believe in the Bible. God has so mysteriously and miraculously designed us with a consciousness centered in the heart. This consciousness makes us aware of ourselves and aware of a Holy God. Disbelief is not a problem of the intellect. It’s not a problem of logic. It is a problem of the heart. Belief starts in the heart, not the mind. “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified…” (Romans 10:10)
The unbelieving mind questions and even tries to eliminate the absolute truths of God’s word. It embraces a relative truth rather than an absolute truth. Some would simply declare that real truth cannot be discovered. Others will declare that it doesn’t matter if they ever grasp truth; what is really important to them is that they are sincere in what they believe and do. Premarital sex, homosexuality, and adultery are all justified by asking the question, “Are they really in love?” Somehow, being ‘really in love’ justifies violating laws written for men by an eternal God.
The wisdom of the secular humanist, the relativist, pales in comparison to the wisdom of God. The liberal mind that seeks truth in his own understanding and ignores God violates the warning of God to such men, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) This truth cannot be opposed. This truth awakens fear in the hearts of men, a fear they cannot explain. They cannot refute it. They cannot disprove this truth so, as a last resort, they desperately try to silence it. The most popular way to do this is to proclaim to their opponents, “You’re being judgmental!”
The inconsistencies are glaring. They blow their bugle for tolerance, but it is a selective tolerance. They are tolerant for homosexuals, but not heterosexuals. They are tolerant for Muslims and atheists, but not Christians. They are tolerant for socialism, but not capitalism. They have ignored scriptural truth and built their own Babel of truth. They have decided to be their own gods and determine their own direction.
H/T: Pitbull (no, the other one).
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