I know thinking about the reality of absolute truth stretches our brains. I hope in these two Victory Calls – yesterday’s and today’s – you will be challenged to see the reality of a body of truth that IS. It pre-existed us and it is true whether we believe it or not. There are hundreds of you that read this e-votional. I suspect there are more than a few of you that don’t believe absolute truth exists. You are more comfortable with the idea that truth is relative. Something is true if I believe it to be true – then it is truth for me. It may not be true for someone else. Let me gently and graciously challenge your thinking if that is the camp you hang out in.
Let me go back to a premise from yesterday. The definition of truth precludes the idea that something is true if I believe it to be true. Something cannot be true and untrue at the same time (true for me, not true for you). If it is, then it is something other than truth.
Let me close with two very challenging ideas. You may need to read and re-read these concepts.
1. If there is NOT absolute truth but I believe there is – what are the possible outcomes of my life?
a. How would I live my life if I believe there IS absolute truth but there actually is NOT? Would I live well, obedient, and striving to be better? Yes.
b. How would I die? If I believe there is absolute truth but there is not, when I die what have I lost? Nothing.
2. If there IS absolute truth but I don’t believe there is – what are the possible outcomes of my life?
a. How would I live my life if I believe there is NOT absolute truth when there really is? I would likely live by my own standard regardless of what others around me might think – self-centered life.
b. How would I die? If I do NOT believe there is absolute truth but there really is, what do I lose when I die? EVERYTHING.
These are the answers I received from the students in my class. It is intense and requires serious focus but as you grasp these truths, may praise and worship to break forth from your heart.
I believe. Do you?
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. She has 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 11 in all. She delights in reading and teaching, but mostly in laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.