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Summary: Relativism is the idea that all moral (rights and wrongs) statements are grounded in the urge and individual taste of each person or culture. Is this a biblical perspective?

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Does Relativism Work?

Joshua 24:14-28

Intro: Are all religions the same?

Are all religious beliefs aspects of truth?

What does the bible say about this?

Bigger questions is-- What is Truth? Is there a “truth perspective for all people – irrespective of belief? i.e. Is there a hidden force that determines right and wrong -- whether we believe in/or recognise this force to be God?

Or is it just a free for rule and it doesn’t matter what you believe?

Next few weeks we will talk about what truth is—tonight we will talk about relativism and whether it works.

Relativism is the idea that all moral (rights and wrongs) statements are grounded in the urge and individual taste of each person or culture.

If it is true for you and no-one else—it is true. Even if what you believe completely contradicts what someone else believes—it can still be viewed as being true.

Illustration: Although many people like Relativism at first, as soon as we go beyond face-value, drastic and terrifying problems emerge. For instance, Hitler’s murder of Jews in the Second World War is as morally acceptable as Mother Theresa’s work with the poor in Calcutta (India).

READ: Joshua 24:14-28

Joseph: Great Grandson of Abraham (Son of Jacob/Grandson of Isaac)

Become Prime Minister in Egypt

Egyptians became suspicious of the Hebrew people

Forced them into slave labour to control them

Moses lead Hebrew people out of Egypt in search of the promised land (promised to them by God)

After Moses died Joshua replaced him as leader

Before he died he pleads with the people to recommit themselves to God

1. To serve/worship

Notice the verb “to serve” in this passage

It occurs more than 10 times in this passage

This word is often translated as, “worship” or “Honour” in OT

It is a call to entrust our whole selves God in reverence and loyalty

cf. v. 14 and Psalm 100:2

God promised to be the sovereign protector of his people—in return his people to declare allegiance and service to him.

Other nations held to polytheism – belief in many gods

God sets an explicit choice before his people: choose whom you will serve

vv. 1-13 a reminder of God’s faithfulness

v. 24 starts, “Now fear the Lord ...” or “and now fear the Lord...”

This means that God’s past actions reveal him to be true and faithful: therefore our response should be to devote our allegiance and trust to him.

Has God shown himself to be true and faithful to you in the past? Maybe you haven’t experienced this yet—maybe tonight you can.

2. Make your choice

v. 15 “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ...”

“undesirable” literally reads, “evil (or bad) in your eyes”

If you think that belief in anything or anyone else is better than trusting in God – Go for it! By the way—is are those other gods working for ya? Have they made life better for you yet—or is life still miserable with them? Because you have forgotten what I have and am willing to do for you.


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