“Nothing’s wrong if nothing’s true.” –Lorde
We live in an age that has redefined almost everything.
We’ve redefined love. We’ve redefined life. We’ve redefined right and wrong, male and female, gender and sex. We have torn down the definitions and erected new ones in their places.
When a culture can redefine anything, then nothing means anything.
This is how truth is eroded and eventually destroyed.
As Rick Warren said, “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by the majority.” Or as G.K. Chesterton put it, “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
It is no accident that in an age where we have all but dismissed the idea of absolute truth, that many of us feel lost in our own lives. We live in the age of you-do-you, yet depression and suicide rates are higher than they’ve ever been.
We remove the meaning from our lives and wonder why our lives are meaningless.
By definition, truth is not subjective. It is objective. And if truth is subjective, then it’s not really truth. Two plus two cannot equal four, and also five, and also three.
There is no such thing as your truth. There is no such thing as my truth.
There is only the truth.
But our culture wants you to believe otherwise. Because when nothing is true, then nothing is wrong. As soon as each person is permitted to decide for themselves what is right and wrong, then everyone is right in their own eyes. As C.S. Lewis said, “Good people know about both good and evil. Bad people do not know about either.”
If you believe the Bible (and I hope that you do), then you believe we have an Enemy. And all of this comes down to the dark campaign of that Enemy. It’s a simple and elegant plan, ingenious really. And it is as follows:
If you remove the idea of absolute truth, you remove morality. If you remove morality, you remove right and wrong. If you remove right and wrong, you remove the idea of sin. If you remove the idea of sin, you remove the need for salvation. And if you remove the need for salvation, you remove the need for a savior.
Our culture loves to tell us that we don’t need saving. Our culture loves to tell us that we can save ourselves. This is a dangerous idea. To quote Kierkagaard, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true.” Sadly, many in our culture do both.
So you see, the assault on absolute truth is really an assault upon you. Because whether you believe it or not, there is an Enemy who will do anything and everything to keep you from your Savior.
I implore you not to be fooled. Don’t believe the lie that salvation lies in your own hands, and don’t refuse the truth that is offered to you—the Truth of salvation through Jesus Christ, and Him alone.
For those of us who already believe in that Savior and the salvation He has given us, knowing the truth and holding to it means that we will be considered outcasts. This is becoming more of a reality each and every day.
But Christ calls us to that otherness, to be in the world but not of it. As I covered last week, we are not to be conformed to this world. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. And that means not accepting the way the culture would have us think.
It means holding to the Truth, no matter the cost.
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