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Whatever Happened to the Truth?

February 2, 2014 | Pastor Mark DuPré | From the series: Culture Shock

The entire concept of truth has taken a beating this last 100 years. Discover how recent our current thinking really is, and how we got the point where truth could be considered relative and personal. Then discover afresh what–and Who–truth really is.

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Sermon Notes

John 18:37-38
Concept of truth has taken a beating this last 100 years. Up until last century, every culture had an agreed upon code of right and wrong. Even those who did wrong knew they were wrong.
“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative….Relativism is necessary to openness and this is the virtue, the one virtue, which all primary education for more than fifty years has dedicated itself to inculcating….The true believer is the real danger…There is no enemy other than the man who is not open to everything.”
Part of intro The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom, 1968
Morality used to be defined by behavior set against agreed-upon standards: Murder, adultery, stealing, even swearing. Now the highest morality is what is called “tolerance.”
(This perspective is philosophically inconsistent. To say there are no absolutes is an absolute, thus proving the whole idea wrong.)
Background:
Dark Ages to the Renaissance
Then the Reformation. Scripture became the authority again.
Enlightenment, puts man back on top, (“basically good”) and substitutes reason for faith.
Industrial Revolution, which relied on man’s inventions, industry and reason to create a self-sufficiency we’re all suffering from.
Then Charles Darwin wrote Origin of Species. Quickly picked up by social scientists – straight line to the eugenics movement, which tried to purify the
“top” races, culminating in Hitler’s attempts to destroy the Jews and others. Stalin used economic evolutionary theory in destroying millions.
Einstein—theory of relativity. Never said that truth was relative, just perspectives.
Then, situational ethics. Morality is now viewed as relative. What is right or wrong depends entirely on the circumstances.
But it’s not practical, and no one really believes it. If anyone says “It’s not fair,” it’s because an absolute of some kind has been violated. Someone cuts
you off—maybe that’s his truth, and who are you to judge? We all draw the line somewhere.
One of the great battlefronts for Christians is thought! Thinking isn’t greatly encouraged these days.
Question to ask ourselves: How much of this thinking is sinking in to me? Do I really believe, or even say, that there is your truth and my truth?
Truth is bigger than us all, and needs to be sought and submitted to.
The great, wonderful, peace-producing fact: THERE IS TRUTH!
There is right and there is wrong. There are many things that are true, no matter what we think! It’s not in the head. It’s not even inside us! It’s outside of us! And it’s actually a person.
Matt. 14:6 I am the way
John 8:32—truth does set us free, but we know the truth only in relationship with Jesus. We must be His disciples if the truth is going to set us free.