September 28, 2018
Strong and Courageous
Our current culture is attempting to make strong inroads of post-modern deconstruction of any sort of objective truth being reasonable. The hallmark of this train of thought is the idea that no religious truth claim is any better than any other.
This topic was brought up at our starting point class this last Sunday. One of the attenders, in finding what our mission, vison, and values are about asked a great question. I can’t recall his direct quote, but he did ask something this: Does this church believe in the fullness of the gospel or do you believe that any or all religions are the same? In essence, this question is asking the ultimate in objective truth claims.
You see, relative truth believers would easily ascribe to the idea that yes, all religions attempt to accomplish the same thing, so of course any road will do. The only thing that is important is that the person feels that it is the right path for themselves. In other words, what is true for you is good and what is true for me is also true, even when our ideas are mutually exclusive in nature.
For us as Christians, we do not have the luxury of entertaining this type of relative truth mindset. We must remain disciplined when the siren song our culture sings that in order to be tolerant we must embrace the true for you and true for me duplicity ideology. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me.” This is the most significant objective foundational truth claim of all time. Personally, I find great comfort in these words because of who Jesus is. He is the ultimate, redeemer, savior and divine God Man.
This good news message of the gospel cannot and should not ever be changed. We can make adjustments in order to relate to how this gospel is communicated to our current generations, but the contents including Jesus’ objective truth claims can never be diminished in any way.
The reality is that post-modern deconstruction holds no consistency of rationality at its endpoint. Ravi Zacharias in the book title Can Man live without God, brings an example of how nonsensical this thinking has become. “An utterly fascinating illustration of this duping of ourselves is the latest arts building opened at Ohio State University, the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts, another one of our chimerical exploits in the name of intellectual advance. Newsweek branded this building “America’s first deconstructionist building.” Puzzlement only intensifies when you enter the building, for inside you encounter stairways that go nowhere, pillars that hang from the ceiling without purpose, and angled surfaces configured to create a sense of vertigo. The architect, we are duly informed, designed this building to reflect life itself-senseless and incoherent- and the “capriciousness of the rules that organize the built world.” When the rationale was explained to me, I had one question: Did he do the same with the foundation? The laughter in response to my question unmasked the double standard our deconstructionists espouse. And that is precisely the double standard of antitheism!”