Thursday, August 2, 2012

Truth Stumbles, Wisdom Warns

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Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the street and the uprightness cannot enter. Yes, truth is lacking; and he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Isaiah 59:14-15
Francis Schaeffer states in his book, How Should We Then Live, "There is a flow to history and culture. This flow is rooted and has its wellspring in the thoughts of people. People are unique in the inner life of the mind - what they are in their thought world determines how they act. People have presuppositions, by this we mean the basic way an individual looks at life, his basic world view, the grid through which a person sees the world. Presuppositions rest upon that which a person considers to be the truth of what exists. People's presuppositions lay a grid for all they bring forth into the external world. Their presuppositions also provide the basis for their values and therefore the basis for their decisions."
How can truth stumble or better yet, what is truth? If what we think determines how we act or what we presuppose what if what we believe is wrong or better yet twisted?
If something is true than it's opposite must be false. Both can't be true. Yet in our culture we are seeing this more and more. This idea of relative truth. I'm not sure how this works logically for one idea must be false. Either there is a God or there isn't a God but both ideas can't co-exist as "truth" one idea must be false. Either Jesus is the only way or their are many ways  but both ideas can't co-exist as "truth" one idea must be false. Either the world has evolved or it was created these two ideas can't co-exist as "truth" one idea must be false. That is if you believe there is a higher authority than the human intellect. Here in lies the problem, if there is no moral absolutes nor is there a higher authority to hold man accountable than man becomes his own god and what he thinks becomes his moral compass. Personal pleasures, gratification of the flesh, pursuit of human knowledge and the pursuit of power will over time be the driving force of decline in a culture and freedom will fall. Freedom can not stand if man can not self regulate and self regulation can not happen if there are no moral absolutes. Government will become bigger and man will eventually turn to government as their new god due to the moral corruption of society. Government will limit personal freedoms due to the moral decline and power will be the force to insure peace. We see this when looking at Ancient Rome. Francis Shaffer states, "Ancient Rome was a totalitarian authority or an authoritarian state. No totalitarian authority nor authoritarian state can tolerate those who have an absolute by which to judge that state and its actions. The Christians had that absolute in God's revelation. Because the Christians had an absolute, universal standard by which to judge not only personal morals but the state, they were counted enemies of totalitarian Rome and were thrown to the beasts." We also see this same conclusion when looking at other totalitarian governments.
As moral absolutes become obsolete and man becomes his own god, we must be intentional in our pursuit of truth. Jesus prays this prayer for his disciples and for all believers, "Sanctify them with the truth, your word is truth. I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too be truly sanctified." John 17:17 We must stand firm knowing that God is the authority above every authority and Jesus who said, "I have come to testify to the truth" is in complete control of all things and is working all things according to His perfect plan. But as we wait for the culmination of human history where Christ will one day reign on earth, we must cling to that which we already possess, freedom in Christ, while embracing and holding firm to the truth of God's word.
Wisdom Warns:
Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: "Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my Spirit on you; I will make my words known to you." For the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs: 1:7, 20-21, 23-24.
Post written April, 2010

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