Wednesday, March 09, 2011
GIANTS IN THE LAND - NAVIGATING THE HIGHWAY TO TRUTH (Pr.16:17 & Is.35:8)
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)