Truth Exists Despite What Our Increasingly Hostile World Thinks
Over the decades there has been a continuous assault on truth that has increased to the point beyond the limits I have ever seen before in my life. It has never been this bad as it is today. The West has prided itself in being a champion of discovering the truth ever since the Enlightenment period; which is the modern age. Many scientific studies have resulted in all kinds of innovations that have benefited the entire world. Many men such as Galileo, Keplar, Edison and others made huge scientific studies that have changed our world. These men were believers in God and they believed that He was the Creator of the universe. But many philosophers and other scientists in this period were full of pride and did not want to acknowledge that God existed. They set out to prove that God did not exist through scientific knowledge. Sadly the latter example has plagued the West and has been in denial of truth ever since. The Enlightenment put man’s wisdom above God and said that only science can prove things. They claimed that if something cannot be objectively proven through scientific expiriments then it must be false. Now, in this day and age, we have reached a point in time after that modern age of Enlightenment which is called the Postmodern Age (or after modernism).
Postmodernism is the belief that there is no solid truth, or if there is truth than it is impossible to be known. In contrast, modernism believed that truth could be known but only through objective scientific discoveries and if it could not be proven than it was not true. There are still a lot of people who believe this way today but he trend is showing that most people lean more toward postmodernistic mindets. Even so, both modernism and postmodernism have positive traits: modernism believes that truth actually exists and can be known, and postmodernism believes that ideas can be acceptable even if they are not objectively proven.
In my opinion I believe truth is objective and can be known, but at the same time if I do not know something, it still exists outside of my knowledge whether or not I believe it and I can also have a subjective understanding about it if I do believe in it and don’t have objective scientific data to prove it. But my personal goal to know that God is true, and truth exists because God exists. The other belief systems which man uses to avoid truth and avoid God creates false ideas to accept. Modernism was heavily atheistic, and postmodernism has now given way extreme agnosticism. Both beliefs avoid God and create excuses and rationalizations to keep living in sin.
It is my belief that truth exists whether or not someone agrees with it. Truth exists outside of the minds of people. Sincerity does not always mean truth, because someone can sincerely believe in something that is still wrong; like other religions for example. Guinness (2000) states,
“Belief in something doesn’t make it true; only truth makes a belief true. But without truth, a belief may be only speculation plus sincerity. Or perhaps, worse still, bad faith….All truth is God’s truth and is true everywhere, for everyone, under all conditions. Truth is true in the sense that it is objective and independent of the mind of any human knower” (p. 78-79).
It is also my belief that there are only two real categories that people practice for faith and religion:
2. All other belief systems and religions.
In this day and age I have seen countless events where people express a relativistic belief system. You can hear movie stars, sports stars, and more explaining their ideas of faith and it is always the same. It is always constantly such phrases as, “If you believe that, then that is good for you. I don’t want to push my beliefs on anyone else.” or “What do I believe? Well that depends on what you mean by God.” You can’t even get a straight answer of belief anymore. One could walk up to anyone on the street and ask them who God is or how to find Him. They all respond with the same things no matter what religion they follow: “Well who do you think God is? I personally think God is this…but if you believe God is different, then you are right as well.” It is a logical fallacy! Everyone is too afraid to offend other people by making truth claims. But in reality the postmodernists make plenty of truth claims against biblical Christianity. They claim Christianity is evil and arrogant because it claims it is right. The postmodern mindset wants to avoid truth all together and claim it cannot be known. Postmodernism’s denial of absolute truth is itself logically invalid. The statement “the truth cannot be known” is a self-refuting statement because it is itself a truth claim! Example: “I believe the truth is that you cannot know the truth.” Vs. biblical Christianity’s claim, “I believe the truth is that you can know the truth and it is God.” See the difference? Both are truth claims, but only one is true. The other logically makes no sense and is impossible. It’s like a squared circle, or a circular square existing. It is impossible and logically invalid. It cancels itself out.
This politically correct era of time we live in is damaging people’s capacity to think straight. This mindset forfeits logic and truth in order to allow people to keep sinning and never be proved wrong. It is a self-deceptive claim that what a person is doing is not wrong and there is no need for forgiveness. Two completely opposite claims cannot both be true. You will never see this kind of attitude being allowed on a math test or most any academic subject. Postmodernism is full of hypocrisy and false humility. It is arrogant in its claim that truth cannot be known by claiming to be humble: “I am not arrogant like SOME people as to say that I KNOW what is right.” We can hear this echoing all over the streets of urban America. This belief system may be most noticeable in places like the U.S.A. but it is also spreading across the world. In fact the East has always had some sense of relativism whether it is covered in Hinduism, Buddhism, or other world religions. But today all world religions have been molding into one blurry belief system that seeks for man-made unity for the sake of unity itself. It believes it will bring about world peace. This is exactly what humanity did at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. The popular trend today is to destroy Christianity because it is the only faith that claims to know truth besides Judaism, and Islam, but the latter two are joining in this trend of reletavism (not counting Islamic extremists). In fact, even the Christian church itself is becoming more universal and postmodern as we can see with the Emergent Church Movement in the U.S.A. that is spreading world wide. There is a full frontal assault on biblical truth and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is being claimed that Jesus is just another way to God, but in the Bible in John 14:6 we read “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” The Bible is clear that there is only one way to God and that is Jesus Christ because of who He is and because of what He did on the cross for all believers. One cannot seperate or distort who Christ is, and what He did and still have salvation. This is what cults and liberal theologians have done.
Do not be deceived by the spirit of the antichrist in the world today (1 John 2:18), but be on guard to fight for truth and to guard it because it is our responsibility as Christians to spread the witness of Christ around the world in order to save souls for Christ. We do this to honor God. The time is near when Jesus will come back to rule the world and judge both the living and the dead. Do not be found asleep. Be on alert that there is evil all over the world in every country, and in every culture distorting God’s Word. Society is going to get increasingly hostile to Christianity more and more as the Bible prophesizes. Many Christians do not even realize what is going on and are too afraid to confront it. They prefer to be lazy and ignore the signs and enjoy every entertainment everyone else enjoys, and never speak up about issues regarding their faith. Mohler (2008) explains,
“Some Christians prefer not to think seriously about these issues. This falls far short of an acceptable posture, however. Those who do not think seriously about how Christians should respond to these challenges will find that the dominant culture will simply pull them into its vortex. They will simply fail to live and think as Christians” (p. xii).
This is the common trend of the church today. To avoid this, Christians must be reading and studying their bibles with a firm grasp of truth. Without doing so, much deception (via wolves in sheep’s clothing) can and will invade our churches and influence others into apostasy which is what is constantly happening all over the world. The Antichrist will appear and take over the world for a time before Christ destroys him and claims His physical kingdom on earth.
I urge every true Christian to make a stand for God! This means making a stand for the Bible which is the Truth! The world in most cases will not listen, but God’s elect will not be lost and many souls will be saved as a result for the advancement of truth. Learn correct biblical doctrine and true theology because every bit of information we know about the Bible is important for proper spiritual survival. Christianity is in crisis because truth is in crisis! Let’s get back to biblical counseling for our souls by understanding the Word!
Guinness, O. (2000). Time for Truth. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Mohler, R.A. (2008). Culture Shift. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books.