Summary: Our responsibility is always to make sure that we are basing our lives on the truth.
Life Lessons for the iPod Generation, part 1
Fact versus fallacy. This is something that we deal with every single day. We try to determine what is real, what is genuine in our lives…and what is not. And, in our world today, these types of distinctions are not always as easy as we would like them to be.
You see, there are many counterfeits out there. Counterfeits to everything. Counterfeit friendships, counterfeit relationships, counterfeit beliefs and counterfeit faiths. Our responsibility is always to make sure that we are basing our lives on the truth. The real truth…not the world’s definition of truth, but God’s definition of truth. And that truth can only be found in and through Him.
However, the challenge we face is how to determine what that truth is and weed out the facts from the fiction…or, the facts from the fallacies. That’s what this series is all about. iTruths, seeking out the truth so that we KNOW how to love, live and serve according to God’s will.
And, these truths…these iTruths…are an important element of seeing the vision we have for this church become a reality. Over the past couple of months, we talked about the vision for our church. And you’ll notice that everything in that vision revolves around one central theme…helping people become all that God intended them to be.
But I can assure you that there is no way we will be successful in this vision unless we do things according to God’s plans. According to God’s direction and according to God’s truth. In today’s world, there is a distorted sense of truth. The world thinks they have the answers. And, they believe those answers are based on our knowledge, our own abilities, our own concept of what is and what is not true.
You see, the world believes there is no absolute truth. That everything is relative. As long as we are respectful of other’s beliefs, as long as we don’t offend someone, as long as we don’t step on someone’s toes, we can believe whatever we want to believe. That we can define our own truth. We can determine what is right and wrong.
Prov. 30:12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. You see, there is a generation out there that doesn’t see that we can only be cleansed from our wrong doing through the blood of Christ.
The Bible is clear, we can’t determine what is right and what is wrong. We must base our beliefs on moral absolutes.
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Psa. 31:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
You see, there is such a thing as absolute truth. And we must know that truth in order to experience absolute freedom, absolute joy and absolute peace. That truth is only found through Christ.
This iTruths series is based on the following premise. For us to be what God wants us to be, to experience what God wants us to experience, to accomplish what God wants us to accomplish and to know what God wants us to know…we must seek absolute truth. And that truth is found in only one source.
As we start this series today, there is but one place to start our journey into the iTruths. That starting place is IKNOW!
John 6:66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Relative Truth – Something that is true to some people and not to others. Proponents of this position claim that: "It’s true now but it may not have been true in the past and it may not be again in the future, it is always subject to change.”
It is based to the perspectives of people.
Absolute Truth – Something that is true at all times and at all places. Proponents of this correct position claim that: “Truth is true whether we believe it or not. Truth is discovered or it is revealed; it is not invented by a culture or by religious men.”
In fact, the bible exposes us to a major problem with Relative Truth. If you are going to rely on your own heart and human, fallen, limited wisdom, then you are relying on a non-reliable source! Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?