Something that’s been on my mind and heart lately:
I hear this SO much from students, teachers, activists, Christian teenagers and young adults, media, etc.– “It’s wrong to force your religion and beliefs (Christianity) onto other people or try to force a moral code onto those who don’t adopt it or believe in it!”
A very postmodern thought for sure. Do I agree with it? In a way…
I say yes: because you shouldn’t have to “convince” people that “Your” truth is the right truth. Let me explain:
So if Christianity is the Truth (capital T) then it’s independent of whatever you, me or anyone else believes. Therefore–you don’t have to win people over to “your side”. Why?
You are on the side of Truth; truth isn’t on YOUR side. Big difference.
If you’re trying to convince people to take your side, that’s YOUR truth…not THE Truth.
Also, Truth exists in its own right whether it is believed or not–Truth is not validated by someone believing in it, and Truth is still Truth whether or not anyone is there to see it.
The circumference of a circle is still Pi x Radius squared whether or not there is anyone there to measure it.
Truth is “right” in of itself–see, it’s like this.
Imagine you have a man standing before a jury and this is his testimony:
“Well I believe that this man robbed me and stabbed me! That’s my personal view and truth of what happened!”
The evidence? He has no stab wounds. The other man has an alibi AND witnesses that he was elsewhere at the time. No stolen property was found in possession of the accused man and there is no proof that he ever had any stolen property. What’s more, the property that the man said was “robbed” from him was found stored in a backyard shed once the police decided to investigate the “break-In”. Is the man lying?
Or: maybe he creating his own truth? Lot of people these days believe that you construct your own truth and your own version of reality. ’Whatever you choose to believe”. Your truth, my truth. I’ll believe in truth that I like and not believe what I don’t like…I’m the god of my own world; I create my own truth.
To be honest–there’s not much you can do for people like this. They don’t need Truth. They ARE their own truth. They’ve created a world where they don’t need God.
They are their own god. Hmm…not much of a god are you in the long-run, eh? Still here for say what 80-90 years maximum and you can’t escape the reality, the truth, that you’re going to die someday and there’s nothing you can do to stop that.
Life/Death and everything else is out of your control. Just try controlling every aspect of your life. Either: A) You’ll find it’s impossible or B) You’ll deceive yourself and think that it’s not impossible, only to find that all come crashing down when the consequences that you’ve brought upon yourself slap you upside the head.
As Al Gore would say, THAT’S an Inconvenient Truth.
Plus, just because you believe in something, that doesn’t make it true. That applies to religious, scientific, social, or any other kind of beliefs. Do you realize that people denied that the Earth was round or that the Sun was the center of our Solar (haha) System?
Point is: People don’t believe YOU–they believe THE Truth of the Gospel, not YOUR Truth of the Gospel.
Or they won’t believe the truth. Maybe they’ll deny it for another truth. Possibly even deny that objective truth exists, period. All just ways of creating their own world and their own truth. Why do people do that?
Well….the Truth hurts. It offends. It’s “unfair”. It shows how jacked up we really are. It shows how Holy an Almighty God truly is. How about those 10 Commandments?
1. No other gods before me (darn)
2. You shall not have idols (but my toaster…)
3. Don’t take God’s name in vain (I swear to God I don’t do that…wait)
4. Keep Sunday separate and holy (but there’s football on…)
5. Honor your father and mother (DID MY MOM TELL YOU TO SAY THIS?!?)
6. You shall not murder (so what if Jesus said that hatred in your heart is just as bad?)
7. You shall not commit adultery (lust doesn’t count, right?)
8. You shall not steal (that bank has plenty of pens, so what if they wanted it back?)
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (but they deserved it!)
10. You shall not covet. (ah, okay I get the point)
That right up there is the Truth.
And what’s the meaning of it? So that we can try to keep it? No–truth is that we CAN’T keep it. That’s what God’s Word says in Romans 3:23. God’s Word speaks for itself.
It is the Truth. It doesn’t have to be verified, quantified, questioned or queried for its words to be real in our lives. It proves itself. People will argue: but you can’t prove that objective truth exists!!
But wait–if you prove that objective truth doesn’t exist…isn’t that an objective truth? It would then be TRUE that truth doesn’t exist–see the paradox?
And might I point out that the Truth of God’s Word exists outside of whatever version of scripture, what translation, what human errors might occur in translating/copying it or even your interpretation of it.
God’s Word is still TRUTH even if no one can read it or knows that it exists. Like the equation for Circumference, it is a fact regardless of whether or not those facts are interpreted. That’s the point of objective Truth.
We, as believers don’t have to convince people or postulate an argument to convince them of the Truth.
All we have to do is stand for that Truth: that alone is enough. That is all we are called to do. If its true, that is enough to have the Truth convince them by its own testimony. Truth proves itself. We don’t have to.
It’s up to the world whether they will choose to accept that Truth or not.
Romans 1: 20-25–(with added emphasis)
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for imagesmade to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
That’s the Truth folks. It ain’t easy to hear, but it’s true whether you want to believe it or not.
Or whether you CHOOSE to believe it or not. So what will you do? Will you choose to take the side of Truth and be on IT’S side; Be on God’s side? Or will you continue living a lie?
If I were you…I’d avoid slavery. John 8:32 says that “the truth will set you free”.
So if you’re not free what are you? A slave. A slave to lies.
Do you really want that? Time to ask yourself the hard questions.
Time to be confronted by the Truth.