We are often not aware of exactly when it happened. We live our lives believing that under any circumstance or situation that some things are undeniably true and cannot be changed or modified. It then occurs that someone begins to redefine or question the validity of that truth. It is not widely accepted at first, and then suddenly, or so it seems, it is riding on a wave of popular opinion that carries it into the place where what you always believed to be true is no longer accepted as truth. Although it may take years, maybe decades, for something like this to happen, the rush at the end of the change makes it seem like you were hit by a hurricane. At this point, you have two options: 1) Go along with the tide and accept the new truth, or 2) Cling to your belief that what you have always known to be true is still true. Option 2 is obviously the choice that will result in you being called “old fashioned”, “behind the times”, or worse.
Progressive politicians are fond of saying things like, ” We can’t go back to the social beliefs of the ’60’s” or other similar statements that cause their followers to believe that a return to prior truths are a step backwards. C.S. Lewis famously wrote, “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” . Similarly, if the new truth is markedly wrong, then returning to the old truth is the only valid response. As more and more people blindly accept the new truth, however, the harder it becomes to return to what we know is true. None of us wants to look the fool in a society that is unaccepting of tradition in lieu of “progress”
As Christians, our Truth is defined by our belief in Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God, and in what scriptures reveal to us as God’s word. Man cannot redefine the truth that God declares, nor can society force us to accept a new truth. As such, our position in society becomes less and less influential. Does this mean that we are now irrelevant or that we should remove ourselves from everyday events? As the Apostle Paul would say, “Certainly not!” As society continues to distance itself from God’s word, it is incumbent upon us to become more relevant and more involved in everyday events. We must continue to live by God’s word, and proclaim the truth whenever and wherever we can. If the church shrinks in light of new “truth” then God’s voice shrinks along with it. God will not allow that to happen. True believers are those who respond to God’s calling and represent Him in this fallen world. Since the church is represented by many parts (1 Corinthians 12), then each individual within the church must represent God in the way that they are called to do so. Some will do so as great orators or writers, while others will do so more quietly yet just as effectively. All will respond in a way that will represent their place in the body of Christ.
As Christians, we also understand the genesis of redefined truth. The sworn enemy of God is also known as the father of lies. In John 8:44, Jesus spoke to the pharisees and said, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it”. Satan copies every good and holy device of God and turns it into something unholy and evil. When Jesus created the church, satan mimicked Him and created many “churches”, each one a mockery of the one true church. The answer to Christ is the anti-Christ. There are numerous examples of satan’s attempts to mock and mimic God. Some are present in today’s headlines.
Philosophers have sought to define truth for as long as there have been philosophers. From Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Rene Descartes to modern day philosophers such as Hilary Putnam, they have wrestled with ways to define truth.Theories such as relativism, correspondence theory, coherence theory, etc. have occupied the time of philosophers throughout history. For the Christian, their efforts were nothing more than wasted time since the absolute Truth has been made apparent to all through God’s workings. In Romans 1:20 the Apostle Paul proclaims, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…..”
Let us continue to preach, teach, and share the Word of God to all who will listen, and continue to proclaim the Truth to a broken world.