I often say, the tragedy of human nature is that people tend to believe ‘beautiful’ lies over the ‘ugly’ truth. One such beautiful but devastating lie is the idea that there is no absolute truth and that all beliefs are equal. It gives the illusion of inclusiveness, dignity, freedom & hope. In reality its consequences can lead you to the ultimate and irreversible state of isolation, shame, bondage and despair if through accepting the validity of all beliefs you choose to deny the God of the Bible.
Many people find what I’ve just said offensive and I’m not surprised because everything in our society tells us to celebrate the notion of relativism – a viewpoint that says that there is no universal standard of right or wrong. In relativism we each get to decide what is true and what is not true for ourselves. We must also tolerate others’ convictions about what is true for them otherwise we’re being hateful and judgmental. If you were born between 1980 and 1995, you are part of my generation often referred to as Gen Y or Millennials. Looking at the world around us, there are no doubts that we Millennials in particular have been indoctrinated from birth into this relativistic way of thinking.
The parents of Millennials are generally part of a cohort that was born between 1945 and 1964 often called the Baby Boomer generation. Baby Boomers initiated a pervasive cultural shift as young adults in the USA that rocked the foundation of Western civilisation. The changes they brought about together with Gen X who followed (born between 1965 and 1980) entrenched the rejection of Christian values we see today in large parts of secular Western society. The Baby Boomers set us on a course to what is now the postmodern or post-Christian world that Millennials have inherited. It is a world that increasingly and unashamedly rejects Jesus.
Yet the massive cultural shift the Baby Boomers brought about through their morally flawed “Free Love Revolution” in the 1960s and 70s is simply a recent manifestation of a trend we have seen throughout human history that has its origins in the Garden of Eden. All iniquity comes from the lies of mankind’s worst enemy, who deceived the first woman, Eve, and tempted the first man, Adam. It resulted in their spiritual deaths through separation from God and their loss of physical immortality, which have affected the rest of humanity since then. The enemy came in the form of a serpent and told Adam and Eve three lies back then that people still fall for today.
In the next blog, I start to uncover the three lies that respectively undermine the truth about:
- God’s command – what does God say?
- God’s judgment – what happens when we disobey him?
- And mankind’s rebellion – who is God to us?
In your opinion, is absolute truth compatible with modern society? What does being inclusive mean to you? Do you think we live in a post-Christian world?
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