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I hate to be the bearer of bad news… but there is a deep divide in this sanctuary. No – it’s not what you think. It’s not political parties. It’s not hot-button social justice issues. Nope, it’s our view of “What is truth?” Here’s a way to view our divide from Os Guiness:

“Three baseball umpires debate their different philosophies of umpiring…

“There’s balls and there’s strikes.” Says the first, “and I call them the way they are.”

“No!” exclaims the second umpire. “That’s arrogant. There’s balls and strikes and I call them the way I see them.”

“That’s no better,” says the third. “Why beat around the bush? Why not be realistic about what we do? There’s balls and strikes and they ain’t nothing till I call them.”

The first umpire represents the traditional view of truth—objective, independent of the mind of the knower, and there to be discovered. The second umpire speaks for moderate relativism—truth “as each person sees it” according to his or her perspective and interpretation. And the third umpire bluntly expresses the radically relativist, or postmodern, “truth” is not there to be discovered; it is for each of us to create for ourselves. (Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype, and Spin, 2000, pg. 12)

Now that we live in a world where people claim “there is no absolute truth” we have to think about how people view the Bible because God’s Word has always been understood to make absolute claims on the life of the Believer. That will NEVER change!

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