Wednesday, March 09, 2011

GIANTS IN THE LAND - NAVIGATING THE HIGHWAY TO TRUTH (Pr.16:17 & Is.35:8)

I believe all truth, if it be truth, is God’s truth. In reference to moral and natural law, truth is a constant, an absolute. Let’s not confuse this with the use of the word truth as it applies to such things as, “It is true that I made crab bisque on Sunday”, a reference to an experience that became true once it happened. I believe the Bible contains truth about moral principles for individual and corporate life. In our study of Scripture and of nature we might uncover and, therefore, gain an understanding of truth that we previously did not have, but the truth was there as a constant all along. Truth has a multitude of applications but the application does not alter the truth. In other words, truth about justice will apply to the guilty differently than it will to the innocent. Cultures might have different expressions of truth (as well as expressions that have nothing to do with truth) but culture does not create nor does it alter truth. In other words, different cultures might have different wedding traditions but if they express truth about the necessity of commitment and faithfulness within a marriage relationship, they are simply different ways of recognizing and expressing this truth.

I am in favor of dialogue and yet I would caution that we do not assume that having dialogue is an end, in and of itself, that having dialogue makes everything all right. It can be a step in the right direction but it can lead to a step in the wrong direction. If truth is sacrificed to opinion in service of the gods of pluralism and relativism, we have no reason to expect society to experience improvement. If stating that some things are true and some things are false earns one the label of “arrogant”, than shouldn’t it earn the label-giver the label of “arrogant”? One of my most disturbing observations about postmodernity is that the concept of truth is being impacted in a negative way.

I have stated previously that I am cautious of becoming attached to cultural movements and systems. We all have a tendency to move in that direction because it affords parameters that afford us security and comfort. With that disclaimer, allow me to clarify that I recognize that most movements and systems have both strengths and weaknesses. Postmodernism might produce good art but, in my analysis, history will show that it does little to help us arrive at truth. Modernity is not the answer. Biblical Theism is the answer. The caution I would present at this point is that when the “postmodern mind” (yes, there is some degree of generalization in that term) merges with the “Christian mind”, the issue of truth is challenged in such a way that it makes it more difficult than it already is to identify, clarify and present Biblical Theism.

Finally, as I close with a few passages of Scripture, consider how the above ideas about truth reflect upon these passages and our Christianity / spirituality.

“…when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16:13, NASB)

“Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32, NASB)

2 comments:

Mario Shonio said...

1 Cor 3:19
"For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

Its a sad day we live in when we view worldly wisdom as so high and mighty and put God on a shelf to only look at every Sunday. We need to revert to a place where Godly wisdom is the wisdom that sets the worlds affairs straight and rights all wrongs.

Continue teaching Mick and hopefully someday our congregation can become a powerful force that influences the community and then stretches to the nation.

Michael Wolfe said...

Amen & thank you!