Thursday, December 29, 2011

Post-modernism and Christian Truth


While knowledge may be subjective, truth cannot be. Truth is defined as: the facts corresponding with reality. Reality is absolute; therefore truth is absolute; however, our knowledge of truth may not be absolute. Real Christianity ought not to say “My truth is better than your truth” but “I know the Truth, and I want the chance to introduce Him.”
"Tolerance of other views is one of the pillars of postmodernism. However, there is one group of people to whom this ‘tolerance’ is not extended... those who believe truth to be important!"
While I do value people who disagree with me, I do not believe it is right to expect that I validate a belief which contradicts my own as “another acceptable truth.” Nor do I expect them to validate my beliefs. Man, by other men, can only be held to standards he first holds himself to. But by God, man is held to God’s standards. So while truth is, in fact, relative to all things, it is not subject to human opinion. By that I mean, the claim to know truth does not necessarily mean truth is known.
I understand the cultural difficulty presented by claiming to have access to a truth which is absolute, because that means rejecting all other claims to truth as being false. But Christian principle must be built on the understanding that Christianity alone is truth, and that Christ is the one Truth and all other “truth” is idolatrous.
If “knowing” is replaced by “feeling”, idolatry is obsolete and principles are merely preferences.
There is no argument against post-modern thought which can “win” because through the lens of post-modernism, everything is acceptable as long as it does not claim to be “right”.
So, in a culture saturated by this style of thinking, how can one engage in dialogue, without losing their objective worldview? The answer is probably not simple, the idea of “love your enemies” comes to mind. Show grace and tolerance, offer hope, live in peace with people who disagree with you. It has never been the place of Christ’s followers to be the judge of anyone’s soul.
I understand the appeal of subjective reality. It removes moral consequence to whatever degree makes you comfortable.
I may be willing to change as my understanding of truth changes, but I am not willing to compromise my belief in truth as an absolute. I believe the Bible was inspired by a sovereign God who predestined the fate of all men and poured out His grace by the death and resurrection of His only son, Jesus Christ. I believe that one day all people will be judged by God, and they will be separated into those who will spend eternity in Heaven, and those who will spend eternity in Hell. The Bible is not politically correct; it actually says that it will be offensive to many.