Truthful point of reference critical

In Romans 1, Paul explained how people had exchanged the truth of God for a lie. The lies they believed surely sounded true. They probably looked true on the surface. They must have felt true in the moment, but what they believed was, in fact, a lie.

This is truly one of the greatest problems we are facing as a nation today. People are buying into all kinds of lies. We have lost our point of reference. We have turned our back on the foundation of truth. A generation is being lured into accepting a dangerous and false belief system that has catastrophic implications.

Two of satan’s greatest weapons in the warfare against our souls is relativism and subjectivism. Relativism assumes there is no such thing as absolute truth. The idea with relativism is that truth is evolving. Truth is not constant. Truth is not universal. What used to be true is no longer true today. Some seem to have accepted the lie that truth is not constant and that it is evolving.

A generation ago, virtually everyone would acknowledge the existence of absolute truth. Today, many would deny the existence of absolute truth. In some ways the cultural drift has been so subtle, but over the course of time the results have been dramatic.

Just think about how far we have come. It was not all that long ago that marriage was considered a sacred and holy institution. Today, in the minds of many, marriage doesn’t matter. Attempts have been made to redefine marriage. Has God’s position changed? No. The Bible tells us that God is the same yesterday today and forever. So, did God’s Word change? No. What we are seeing are the results of relativism, the assumption that there is no such thing as absolute truth.

Subjectivism is Satan’s second weapon of choice. Subjectivism says that I have the right to determine what is right and wrong without submitting my judgment to any authority outside of myself. Since there is no absolute truth, I will determine my own set of beliefs. I am the source of truth. What is true for me may not be true for you and what is true for you may not be true for me. I’ll determine if my actions are right or wrong based on how I feel.

Whenever a person takes even one small step away from truth, you can wake up years later very, very far from truth. Next time, we will answer the question, what is truth?

Steve Greene is the lead pastor at The Point in Seymour. Send comments to awoods@tribtown.com.