Summary: This message compares the postmodern view of truth with the Biblical view.
Does truth change? "All is relative" has become one of the slogans of our generation. In the Western World, multitudes have rejected the possibility that such a thing as absolute truth could exist. We often hear phrases like "that may be true for you, but it’s not true for me". Truth is seen as a personal preference or perception that cannot extend beyond a person’s personal boundaries. If truth is dependent on one’s perspective than it has to be ever changing. This could lead one to the next logical conclusion that nothing can be classified as wrong; it’s simply a matter of perspective. With that said, if all this is true then we are left with a huge problem. The Bible claims to be God’s truth revealed, Jesus claims to be the truth and the Bible teaches that there are absolute moral standards. The dilemma that exists for us is that both views cannot be right. Either the Bible is right and the postmodern worldview wrong, or vice versa. Does all this really matter? The answer to the question of absolute truth turns out to be very important, not only in drawing religious conclusions, but also in the matter of ethics. Ethics is important to all of us, because it deals with the question of what is right and wrong. Every person hates some kind of activities. But if there is no such thing as absolute truth, then there is no ultimate moral rightness or wrongness about anything. It may be "right for you" but that doesn’t mean it is "right for me". The writer of Hebrews from chapter one through the end of the book, has placed Jesus Christ at center stage. He has held Him up as an example to be followed. Consider Jesus; better than the prophets, better than the angels, better than Moses, better than the Old Testament economy of ordinances and feasts and sacrifices. Now as he draws his book to a conclusion the writer points out that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He does not change, His standards do not change and His promises do not change. Let’s take some time to discover that truth is not every changing, it is absolute.
I. Understanding the perceived death of truth in the postmodern culture.
A. The main areas where postmodernism is wide open to criticism.
1. Postmodernists shoot their own view in the foot by saying that no one can claim to know objective truth, since that in itself is a statement of objective truth.
2. They claim that peoples are helpless prisoners of their own cultures, but there are many examples of people who have rejected the views and values of their cultures revealing a degree of personal freedom.
3. They exaggerate the isolated problems in observation and a few unsolved mysteries and use it to try and show that science is not fact but merely objective.
4. Postmodernists believe since different communities live in different realities it is impossible for us to understand each other, so why try.
5. They claim that those who believe in absolutes are oppressive, exclusive and intolerant. But the postmodern worldview has produced some of the most oppressive and controlling views and conduct ever seen in America.
B. Does postmodern thought get anything right?
1. Postmodern thought has shown us that without the infinite personal creator God of the Bible, knowledge and reason is quite uncertain.
2. Faith in the idea that western society is progressing toward some glorious future based on technology and advanced learning is nothing more than a myth.
3. CS Lewis is quoted as saying, “Education merely makes man a more clever devil.”
4. People even though they will not admit it are quite subjective. People often import their own prejudices and values into areas such as history and science.
5. People are social beings and our cultural setting shapes our values and thinking.
II. God is the originator of truth which means that He is also the creator of rationality and reason.
A. Christians must not accept or compromise with postmodern assumptions.
1. The existence of the one unique God and the person and work of Jesus Christ are examples of objective and absolute truths.
2. Postmodernism is just another member of a series of ever changing worldviews, philosophies and teachings.
3. Despite of all the changing conditions in life, there is One who remains eternally the same: Jesus Christ.
4. The Hebrew writer holds Christ up as our ultimate model and our faith is grounded in the eternity of our Lord and His unchangeable being.
5. Since Christ is eternally the same, one who truly trusts in Him will not be persuaded by strange and new teachings.
B. When we accept the Bible and God’s absolute truth we then begin to understand that the problems we face in the world is due to man’s fallen nature.