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Summary: This is the 4th sermon in the Truth series dealing with religious lies Christians sometimes pick up in church

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Truth Series #4

RELIGIOUS LIES

2 Cor. 12:9-10

CHCC – July 17, 2011

INTRODUCTION:

For the last three Sundays we’ve been talking about TRUTH. We’ve looked at lies we tend to believe – Self lies, Worldly lies, Marital lies … and today we’re going to look at Religious lies. The subject of TRUTH is important … because a lot of people believe there is no such thing as truth.

By definition: truth must be objective (true for all people), universal (true in all places), and constant (true for all times.) Most people find it more comfortable to believe that truth is relative – In other words, “I have my truth and you have yours. There is no ABSOLUTE truth.”

(By the way, it’s entertaining to ask these folks if it is ABSOLUTELY TRUE that there is no absolute truth.)

According to a survey done by Barna Research back in 1995 only about 25% of Americans said they believe in absolute moral truths.

What is more surprising, though, is to find this same attitude in the church. That same survey reported that out of adults who consider themselves to be “born again,” less than 45% said they believe in ABSOLUTE truth. And among teenagers the percentage was under 10%! (http://barnaresearchonline.com)

Satan’s most basic lie is that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TRUTH.

1. There is no such thing as TRUTH

Tragically, this LIE is alive and well in American Churches today. This is amazing because it contradicts the very definition of what it means to be a Christian.

Believing in Jesus means believing that he is who He said He is.

In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

As Lee Strobel put it, “The clear implications of Jesus saying he’s the way, the truth, and the life are that, first, truth is absolute, and second, truth is knowable.” (Lee Strobel. "The Case for Faith." Zondervan, 2000. (quoting Ravi Zacharias)

As Christians we believe that there are absolute truths that govern life. These truths do not come from us, they are beyond us.

• That is, they are truths that cannot be changed by human decision.

• They are true whether anyone believes in them or not.

• They are true whether anyone agrees with them or not.

• They are true whether anyone likes them or not.

They are absolute truths because they come from an absolute God … and they are the foundation of life itself.

• If anyone tries to convince you that there is no such thing as TRUTH

• Remember that JESUS is the way, the truth and the life.

When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate to be judged, Pilate asked him “What is truth?” Sadly, Pilate did not know that the living embodiment of truth stood before him on that day. Pilate was blind to truth when it stared him in the face.

When people today ask, “What is truth?” Christians have an answer. We say, first of all: Truth is a person. Jesus Christ is the revealed truth of God. God did not send the world abstract ideas, he sent us a person. Jesus did not say that he came just to TELL us about truth … He said, “I AM the truth.”


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