Absolute Truth



Absolute Truth

Truth is a vital commodity. Without truth we live in chaos and
confusion. Jesus said that truth will make us free (John 8:32). Lies
and error on the other hand can wreck and ruin our lives and even lead us into slavery.

There are three kinds of knowledge.

There is what we might describe as scientific knowledge.

Those who are the pioneer seekers in this realm of knowledge are like miners digging for precious metals or stones in the bowels of the earth.
They search the vast reaches of nature and bit by bit they accumulate
enough information to draw a conclusion about a certain subject. Or at
least, they can formulate a theory about it. The quantity of this
scientific knowledge seems to be endless and multiplies daily. The
limitations of the human mind and the brevity of man’s life means that
we never learn everything about this cosmos of which we are a part.
Yesterday’s theories, which all assumed to be true, are cast aside as
new information is uncovered. So in many sectors of scientific
knowledge that which is known is tentative and subject to amendment or
maybe even rejection if new information discredits it.

There is philosophic knowledge.

From earliest times there have been
men who have wrestled with the issues of life and recorded for their
students and posterity their understanding of the meaning of life,
ethics, morals, etc. Schools of philosophy come and go like the
seasons. The rage of one generation of scholars is only an item in a
history book in the next. All philosophic knowledge is speculative,
tentative and adaptable. While there may be scraps of truth scattered
here and there in their speculations on the whole they reflect the
limited wisdom of sinful men.

There is knowledge that has been revealed to us by the Creator of man and the universe.

This truth is recorded in the ancient document that
we call our Bible. Although our understanding of God’s revealed truth
is constantly growing, that truth itself is absolute and unchanging
in nature.

Because of the nature of God, that which He tells us must be absolute
and perfect in content. “Jehovah our God is holy” (Ps. 99:9). “God is
not a man, that he should lie” (Ex. 23:19). “The ordinances of Jehovah
are true and righteous altogether” (Ps. 19:9). “I Jehovah, change not”
(Mal. 3:6). God’s revelation has no imperfections. It is altogether
pure. It will not stand additions or subtractions (Prov. 30:6). It is
perfect as it stands and must be taken as a whole. We are not allowed
to pick and chose only portions that please us. Being from the Creator
and Ruler of the universe, it recognizes no limits, restrictions or
qualifications placed on it by sinful men. Being the product of the
omniscient God, it is certain, absolute, positive and authoritative in
all it says. Learning and following God’s truth makes us free from
sin, ignorance, error and superstition (John 8:32).

The truths revealed in the Bible are absolute.

* “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom.
3:23). You are not an exception!

* “Without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto God” (Heb.
11:6). There are no exceptions to this truth.

* “Except ye believe that I (Jesus) am he, ye shall die in your sins”
(John 8:24). There are no options regarding faith in Christ.

* “Neither is there any other name under heaven (than Jesus), that is
given among men, wherein we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

* “The word that I spake, the same shall judge him in the last day”
(John 12:48). No other standard will be accepted!

* “Except one be born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Either you will be born again or you will
miss heaven! This is absolute truth!

* “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom.
12:14). This is an appointment you will not miss!

* “Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7). This is absolutely true!

* “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).
This too is an absolute statement of truth.

We could go on for pages, but my point is made. While the words of men
will often fail the test of truth, the word of God is true and
righteous all together (Ps.19:9). It is absolutely true and can be
counted on in every situation of life.

-John Waddey



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