In this age of acceptance, relative truth has become extremely popular. Nothing is factual anymore, and everything is personalized in our individualistic nation. One person’s religion may be “true for him,” while another’s is “true for her.”
This has always rubbed me the wrong way.
We want to “love” everyone, so we nod our heads when they proclaim blatant lies as fact. When someone says we just can’t understand their truth because we haven’t lived their life, we roll with it. But let me pause for a second and before I say anything else, ask,
Does that even make sense?
We’re rational people. Regardless of our views, we know what the definition of “true” is. (“In accordance with fact or reality,” according to the dictionary). How does it even make sense to say something can be true for one person and not for another?
A rock to me is a rock to you. A tree to me is a tree to you. You can’t say a rock is a fish to you, or a tree is a river to you. You’d be wrong. Because those things are facts—they’re realities. And if I go along with what you say, I wouldn’t be loving you. I’d be enabling your ignorance.
This is what I firmly believe: God is truth. He is a reality—an actual, living being with qualities and features. And because of this, we can’t just attribute any qualities to Him or beliefs about Him that we want. God is not a nebulous, obscure creature. He’s an absolute Truth, one that can’t be changed.
Just because we don’t always know this truth doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I can’t say with 100% certainty if free will or predestination is true (sorry for bringing that up again—it’s been a popular subject in my life recently) because the Bible doesn’t say it outright, but God does know which one is true. There are specific answers for all the big questions we ask, we just don’t know them yet. The Bible says there are mysteries of God that we’ll never know on Earth, but not knowing the answer doesn’t mean we can go around saying there’s not an answer and that we’re free to make up our own.
Instead, we should admit when we don’t know for sure and live our lives in constant pursuit of the truth. Don’t let people say, “Well, that may be your truth, but it’s not mine.” There is absolute truth out there, and you’re called to seek it. And if you find it, share it with everyone… Because it doesn’t just belong to you.