Absolute Truth – Absolutely!

    Sometimes the insane turns sane if you start thinking how to decide what the real issues of life are really all about.    When Robert Shapiro was asked by Larry King on his nation-wide radio program what really happened that day with O.J. Simpson, Shapiro would not comment on what really happened but that his role to defend O.J. was strictly business related.  In short, finding out the truth about what happened was not important but winning the case for his client was and that sadly enough is a comment on today`s ,moral standards. Rather than uphold the truth of what really occurred that day, he pointed out that the nature of his work was about doing what is best for his client. Truth was not the main issue but getting his client off regardless of O.J.`s evident condition of guilt.   If it is only about “the nature of his business” as an attorney, as Shapiro insists it is, than truth is not the main consideration, afterall. Sadly, that same attitude can be found in too many today.

  To think we can live without absolutes is not sustainable for any society in any age.  Left unchecked, corruption in our society inevitably will implode upon itself. We have already seen that in our country.   Our elective officials in Canada are leading us into bankruptcy both moral and finances, promising balanced budgets and integrity only to recant their promises once they have been elected, blaming elements beyond their control, the usual fare from lying politicians.   Insatiable greed leads hucksters to peddle religion for the sake of filling their pockets and egos. It does not stop there. It can be seen all around us. In business, many fail to produce products they advertise, and go out of business once they have made their profits, nullifying money-back guarantees.  Something as simple as not returning phone calls in order to avoid accountability for products and services are plentiful enough. Some would like to consider truth as relative which has no real reference point other than themselves. They say that truth is what you make of it. That kind of thinking proves contradictory since to affirm that no absolutes exists is to assert an absolute in itself,  and second, it would mean that if truth is relative as the individual says it is, than what is to say that what you decide is true may in effect be false, since it is left with you to decide what is true and what is false. This kind of reasoning would excuse the Hitler’s and criminals of this world to do whatever they wish and justify it in a similar way in countries where Islamists carry out genocide do.    They justify their evil by their own standards of right and wrong and since no universal standard exist than who is to have the final say? That is why to maintain that life can exists without absolutes can only lead to self-destruction.

  The Bible is truth.  We find our reference point in it.  Much like a GPS (global positioning system for vehicles),  we can find our way in life by making the Truth of God our benchmark for living.   In the early going of the Apollo space mission, when the craft rounded the moon and the astronauts saw the  earth, incredulously one astronaut exclaimed, “in the beginning.” The exact words as the start of the book of Genesis.   Too, we need to find our explanation to all that is in life in God, if we are going to find reality and safety. I say safety because eternity is part of our future once this life is over.  God has sent His Son into this life to prepare us and we are not ready for death without faith in Christ; for sacrificing His life on the cross for His people. Christ was sent to purify us of our sins, for which we would suffer eternally in hell if it  were not for the salvation God has granted anyone who trusts in His Son and repents of their sins. In Hebrews 1:1-4 the author speaks in large terms about the full-orbed work of Christ where He is described as both Sustainer of the universe and Redeemer.

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

  The author of Hebrews speaks later in chapter two verse one to pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.   

  Will you pay close attention to who Jesus is and what He has done on Calvary.  Will you commit to Him and receive forgiveness of your sins by approaching Him in prayer and confessing your sins to Him now. 

Politics And Truth

George Orwell put in his essay about Rudyard Kipling, “a humanitarian is always a hypocrite” Said dogmatically, yet true enough. Jesus spoke of hypocrisy often during his lifetime, mostly to those trying to prove him wrong. The religious order at that time, made hairsplitting rules for the people to follow, In their many attempts to entrap Jesus, they charged Him with breaking the Sabbath, even after He wondrously straightened a woman`s back, a musculoskeletal or neurological disorder where the spine is bentThis woman had been stooped over for eighteen years, and Jesus healed her on the Sabbath. Jesus pointed out to His accusers that they themselves had brought water to their animals on the Sabbath. It became clear to all that heard Jesus that day that the Pharisees lived by two sets of rules. They had failed to accept the earlier teaching by Jesus on the law where previously in what we call the Sermon on the Mount, he had taught both its intent and meaning which countered their own.

Men in leadership especially those who practice politics generally have become self-servingwanting to improve their own status and that of their party`s especially using deceptive meansPolls and rising donkey votes (electorate randomly marking a ballot box because of a lack of trust in politicians) indicate doubts about anyone telling them the truth at election time. Plenty of porc-barrel spending promises and little substantial policy-making informationrun the same gamut where party`s try to outdo each other to win votes, no matter how many bold face lies are told along the way accompanied by smiling faces. Being “Pharisaical” has come to mean hypocritical. The Pharisees were characterized as those who “kept the outside of the cup washed” (Mat 23:25), making superficial laws to observe themselves and who expected others to follow them, but ignored the weightier matters such as mercy, justice and faithfulness. (v. 23)

Two facedness is something we may expect from officials at election time, but we all our guilty of it to some degree. More simply, we may excuse our “faux pas” as a slip in character or inexperience and carry on like nothing more can be done about it. Meanwhile, we know that our false actions did not betray our true intent, we meant it, problem was we were caught in the act and sought to excuse ourselves or downgrade our insincerity Our Prime Minister has committed a series of stunning contradictions over his short time in office. He is one of many.

Jesus is the only truthful being that ever lived on this planet. Ask yourself how He could confront thousands without receiving a single reproach from the multitudes in return, whereas he never had to defend Himself against legitimate accusations for this simple reasonHe was without sin! He defined the law of God through His perfect life and teaching. None of the crowd that I earlier spoke of could deny their hypocrite ways or accuse Jesus of the same. Since Christ had fulfilled the entire law, He stood as the only truly righteous person that ever lived. The crowds throughout the region of Palestine heard and saw Him as He travelled through their villages and towns teaching and healing. They knew that someone special was among them, yet few would admit He was their Messiah. Still Jesus pressed the truth home to them, because they needed to hear the gospel and turn from their sinful ways.

Will you look inside yourself and see what Jesus saw in each man including yourself, that your motives are not always pure and that you and I are as much part of that crowd then, as we are now. The only way out of impure motives and actions is to see in Christ the only sinless One who has complete authority to forgive us and grant us eternal life. After all, He is the only one who can unmasked our ways and disclosed what is truly in our hearts as He did the crowd. In the same narrative Jesus told His followers: Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. (Luke 12:2)

The gospel is a stark reminder that we cannot live our lives any way we wish and think we can escape judgment. Christ came into this life not to condemn since we stand condemned already, but to give life eternal. Do you see yourself a sinner in need of forgiveness or are you thinking that perhaps you are not as bad as the next guy. Problem with that kind of outlook is that none of us can ever be good enough for heaven. We are all sinners from birth and not anything we do can act as a substitute to remove the guilt and sin`s consequence.  Only by trusting in Christ and confessing our sins to Him and repent of them can we be saved from Divine Wrath.