Searching for Truth (1/21)

Journey, New Year, Isaiah, Corner, New Chapter, Beginning, Dayton, Church of God, Pennsylvania, Sermon Series

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John 18:28-19:16

John 18, Christ, Truth, Search, Good News, Crucifixion, Pilate, Dayton, Pennsylvania, Church of God, John, Journey

The Spirit tells us in Amos 3:3 that two cannot not walk together unless they have agreed to do so.  You cannot walk with God if you are going your own way,  you are either “On the Journey” with Christ or you are not.  You can’t walk in two directions at the same time and in order to leave your way and go His way you must believe and repent. You can’t be of the world and of the Kingdom; either you belong to one or the other.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. – Ephesians 4:15

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. – John 17:17

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. – John 16:13

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32

Relative truth or subjective truth vs. absolute truth or objective Truth: Keep in mind Absolute moral truth vs objective moral truth. Are there absolute moral values?

Do certain moral values hold true regardless of the situation?

To say that something is absolutely true means that it is independently true for all people, even if they do not know it or recognize it to be true.

To say that something is relatively true means that it can be true for one person and not for another. 

The world is increasingly teaching that all truth is relative – a simple matter of each person’s perspective. That’s why we need to understand what truth really is.

We can spend years giving reasons for why we believe Christianity is true,  but if the World believes that all truth is subjective/relative, then Christianity can be true for you, but not for me.  That is not possible since history outside of the bible says that Jesus Christ existed, walked this earth, performed miracles

Ladder – gravity – is it relative/subjective or absolute/objective.   “Relative truth: sounds tolerant and open-minded. However, upon closer analysis, it is not open-minded at all. In essence, to say that “God exists for you but not for me” is to say that the other person’s concept of God is wrong. It passes judgment. But no one really believes that all truth is relative. No sane person says, gravity works for you, but not for me…”

Ladder, Truth, Absolute, Relative, Objective, Gravity

Following fertilization, cells multiply, within 24 hrs they become an organism. An organism is defined as “(1) a complex structure of interdependent and subordinate elements whose relations and properties are largely determined by their function in the whole and (2) an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent: a living being” (Merriam-Webster). 

There is an objective spiritual reality, just as there is an objective physical reality. God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6); Jesus likened His teachings to a solid, immovable rock (Matthew 7:24). Jesus is the only way of salvation, and this is absolutely true for every person at all times (John 14:6). Just like people need to breathe in order to live, people need to be born again through faith in Christ to experience spiritual life (John 3:3). These are objective Truths.

Tolerance: Tolerance simply means to bear with ideas other than your own. It does not mean that you accept, agree, and believe those other ideas. To agree with all ideas is to embrace relative truth. As Believers, Christ followers, we should treat all people with respect, but stand firm that we believe only Christianity is true. Believing in absolute truth is not intolerant. When you can agree to disagree, that is tolerance!

So does there being a God depend on the individual? What if it doesn’t make sense to them? What if Christianity makes sense to me and Atheism makes sense to someone else? Appealing to common sense indirectly promotes the idea of relative truth. Subjective perspectives have no bearing on reality. It is either one or the other. Both cannot be true.

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20.  Then 2 Thessalonians 2:9-14.

Further reading: John 1:1-5, John 14:6, 24, 17:6, 17:14-19

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