Proverbs 4:14,27—Don’t set foot on the path of the wicked; don’t proceed in the way of evil ones . . . Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.
How do you raise your children to avoid evil paths if they live in a society that decides that tolerance is more important than standards? Not only are convictions at risk, the whole concept of truth living is under attack by a growing minority who have become experts at making their rights the main issue. In Germany homeschooling is illegal. Evidently the government is afraid that parents might teach views that don’t match official policy. In America, a liberal media depicts Christians with deeply held beliefs a threat as great as terrorists. Persecution is increasingly focused against those who dare define what is evil.
Let’s put a hold on spanking and take a time out to entertain what we can look forward to in our emerging enlightened society. The ethical system that best accommodates evil is relativism. For clarity purposes relativism is “the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration.” Since evil is king under the guise of tolerance:
1. We will no longer need moral reformers. If an act is right in keeping with our society’s code, a moral reformer by definition is an immoral person. Moral reformers must always be wrong because they go against the code of their society.
2. There will be no more improvements of morality. We can make all the changes we want but we cannot improve because becoming better at something requires an external standard of comparison which no longer need exist.
3. Complaining about evil will have to stop. If God was all-good and omnipotent He would vanquish evil. But evil exists, so God must not. There’s no longer any need for churches or for that matter any literature about God—such material is a relic of antiquated thinking from people too afraid to accept life as it is—or isn’t.
4. We will have to embrace living the unlivable. We won’t need marriage because anyone can live with anyone. Incest and bestiality will be on the menu because after all it would be hateful to call such behavior wrong. If someone steals your car, get used to it. If you are raped, cheated, defrauded, belittled or even murdered those are just the consequences of a system that refuses to judge what is “right.”
5. Illogic and self-contradiction will be the new norm. If I say that truth for me is that relativism is false, then is it true that relativism is false? If you say no, then what is true for me is not true and relativism is false. If you say yes, then relativism is false.” Are you ready to sign up!
Truth is, by its very nature, an exclusive claim—that is, if what is being stated is true, something else cannot also be. And truth is true even if no one believes it, yet the Timesand much of the academic establishment in America rejects this proposition. In fact, so wide-spread is the postmodern philosophy today that 64 percent of Americans believe that there is no such thing as moral truth.
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
Points 1-4 excerpted from the presentation, “Are There Absolute Moral Truths?” by Sean McDowell. Compliments of Sean McDowell. All rights reserved in the original presentation.- See more at: http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/moral-truth.htm#sthash.cva6WM7O.dpuf
Matt Slick, http://carm.org/what-is-truth
BreakPointwith Charles Colson Commentary #030520 - 05/20/2003