Truth is not subjective.
There are many “truths” in life.1+1=2. The opposite of up is down. The opposite of hot is cold, etc. There is no such thing as a “white lie.” What you don’t know CAN kill you. And many times the truth DOES hurt. No matter what the circumstances, honesty is ALWAYS the best policy and it is NEVER RIGHT to push Grandma down the stairs. Yet, none of these truths are liberating. They are standards that have been and will continue to be immutable. [Not subject or susceptible to change.]
Even so, there are people who do not care about what is true, right and moral. Honesty, integrity, and conscience are empty, meaningless words, to many people in the world today. This is due to the simple fact that we have populated this planet to the point that, there are so many people, we can hide in the crowd. We can blend right in and no one notices us unless we make a special effort to be noticed. This also allows for people to “act out” in ways that would have stood out – “like a sore thumb” – in the past; and was frowned upon by the majority.
In the world today, many are seemingly playing “TRUTH OR DARE” with the former banners of truth and the “old-school” sense of morality; all with the goal of making what used to be unacceptable, acceptable. This allows people the “freedom” (i.e., excuse) to satisfy their selfish desires – regardless of the cost to themselves and/or to society (the world) as a whole. Be it in the name of religion, politics, or pure and simple selfishness/self-centeredness. As the old saying goes, “If it feels good, do it!”
This type of mentality (worldview) always destroys people and societies at the very core of their being. It is more destructive than any and all natural disasters. People can and do recover from “natural” disasters, but there is no recovery from selfish, self-centered motives; because there is no hope, no future, in such motives. Such motives can only consume until there is absolutely nothing left.
Human history is replete with accounts of mankind’s acts of devastation resulting solely from selfish motives. If you are not already familiar with these accounts, I strongly suggest that you spend some time and take a good, honest look and familiarize yourself with all the atrocities committed by both individuals and institutions. Contemplate the death and destruction caused by those whose sole focus was on personal gain. Consider how oblivious they were to what was lost in the process; all of it being the direct and undeniable result of their own actions. In the Bible, such people are described as being stiff-necked and having a heart of stone. In fact, the Bible goes so far as to say that,
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
It also notes how God deals with such people…
“But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
This is TRUTH. This is immutable truth — even though there are those who hope and pray (pun intended) that it isn’t true.
Denying the existence of God doesn’t change the Truth of God. Defining God to suit our desires (such as the “I’m spiritual, not religious” mindset) is simply a form of denial.
Truth cannot be done away with or ignored. The best anyone can do is to convince themselves as best they can that the Truth is irrelevant to them. Claiming that religion is the root of all evil in the world is a form of denial. People will always fight among themselves over something. Doing away with all religions is only taking away the excuse that people fight simply because of their religious beliefs.
People fight because they are selfish and greedy. Using the name of God as an excuse for practicing evil is just that — an excuse. Mankind doesn’t need an excuse. Excuses are simply justifications and rationalizations for bad behavior. Behavior that is completely devoid of THE PRESENCE OF GOD in one’s heart and life.
One cannot will their way out of bad behavior. Self-discipline is good, but it doesn’t go far enough. Our hearts are far too dark to maintain a genuine selfless and compassionate attitude toward all people, under all circumstances. No matter how good we try to be by our own volition, our intrinsic nature will never change.
Consider this; even when Christ was walking on this earth, performing miracles and speaking the very words His Father (God) was giving him to speak, people still sought to deny the Truth that he was the Son of God. People acknowledged that Christ spoke with authority; unlike anyone they had ever heard before. People acknowledged that Christ performed miracles that no mere man could ever perform. The Truth of God as presented by His Son, Jesus the Christ — the promised Messiah (deliverer) — divided what is true from what is false, just as the sun divides the day from the night.
Those who hated the Truth sought to denounce and destroy the one whom God sent as the last Word to mankind. They thought when they had him crucified on the Cross that they had succeeded. Yet Christ arose from the dead and proved they were powerless to overcome the Truth of God. So they attempted to cover up the Truth and sought to have everyone who believed the Truth put to death. The false is still trying to subdue the Truth to this day and finds itself just as powerless as ever.
No one need ever fear the Truth, unless they seek to deny it. The Truth of God is Eternal Life for those who accept it and hold on to it like a drowning man clings to a life preserver. For that is EXACTLY what the Word of God is and does. It preserves the life of those who hold onto it and never let go — no matter what.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
John 1:1-14 (RSV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is notcondemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.
John 3:16-21 (RSV)
Categories: Thoughtful Commentary
Karl D Rhoads
I am a Married, Forgiven, Imperfect Follower of Christ.
I am a recovered alcoholic (since July 12, 1999) and an ordained minister of the Gospel of Christ (since July 6, 2002).
I have been saved from the grave (more then a few times) by the loving hand of the God and Father of our Lord, Christ Jesus.
My heart's desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ as he directs and enables me to do so.