“We live in a culture that says that relative truth is the path to freedom. If we just let everyone decide for themselves what truth is, then we’re in the sweet spot. The Bible takes a different stance… God is truth. His Word is truth… The idea that absolute truth is the key to our freedom seems counterintuitive.”
Truth. What is truth?
This seems to be the question more and more today. A line is being drawn between those who truly believe that absolute truth is found in God’s Word alone and those who believe that everything is grayer, and as time passes, I think this line will become more and more distinct. We, as Christians, will be called to stand on one side or the other. Many who stand on the opposite side of the line would say absolute truth is oppressive; that it is in the eye of the beholder and any firm standing on what is true is a travesty upon individuality.
In actuality, we find freedom in absolute truth; in knowing where boundaries are so that we can live in freedom within them. Truth breeds freedom, because the truth of the Gospel is that Jesus has set us free from all that ensnares us – that sin has been defeated and our eternal freedom has been secured.
The Truth of the Gospel is freeing, because it is better than the truth we could choose for ourselves. It grants more freedom than we can earn on our own. It replaces the penalty we deserve for sin. Absolute gospel Truth is the opposite of justice. Through Jesus, we get what we do not deserve. We deserve justice. This justice would be defined by the wrath of a just God for our sin, but instead we get the lavish grace of a Heavenly Father, viewing us as He does Christ, who took our place and paid our penalty for sin.
Absolute Truth grants us the grace we never deserved. Absolute truth tells us where to stand and how to live under the grace we have been given. Absolute truth is dangerous, and increasingly so.
The quote above comes from Candace Cameron Bure’s new book, Dancing Through Life, but she is not the only one who is recognizing the need for Christians to cling to the Truth. We see it in almost every book being released, in blog posts, and on social media. It seems to be a hot topic, but “truth” is not always defined as we would define it within the church. To the world, it is a fluid concept. May we stand strong in the conviction of absolute Truth, knowing that only Jesus is “the way, the Truth, and the life.”