In our world full of tolerance and relativism, it is important for us to know what we believe about sin. For instance, if we’re trying to witness to someone and tell them about Christ saving them from their sin, but they don’t believe that what they’re doing is sin, what do we tell them? If they say “Well, you may believe that, but I don’t really think of lying as a sin.”
If you believe that this world has evolved over time, that there is no God, that there is no purpose for life, then the concept of no absolute truth makes perfect sense. If there is no God holding us accountable for our actions, then we can do whatever we want; it doesn’t really matter.
If there is no absolute truth, if truth is defined by each person, then we have no ground to stand upon. If there is no absolute truth, we can have no confidence that what we believe is the truth. We can have no confidence that our salvation according to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ can save us. I mean, if there is no absolute truth, then what right have we to say that those who don’t believe in Christ are on their way to a Christ-less, awful eternity? If there is no absolute truth, then our faith is in vain. If there is no absolute truth, then there is chaos and anarchy.
But, on the flip side, if God does exist, if He created the world and every individual person with a specific purpose, then He is the One with the plumb line (measuring stick), He is the One who dictates right and wrong.
There is Absolute Truth. The Almighty God Who created the Universe wrote it down, through human authors, and it gives clear direction as to how we should live our lives.
Sorry to break it to you, but we serve an intolerant, unrelativistic God. He doesn’t say, “You know, whatever you want to believe is okay, I mean, I can handle it!” He said in Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.” He is perfect and holy and He is One Who judges sin.
The reality of sin and its consequences is absolute truth.
Sin is anything that goes against God. (Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”)
Sin is missing the mark of God’s perfection. (Leviticus 20:7 “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.”)
Sin is not only doing wrong, but also not doing good. (James 4:17 “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”)
Sin has eternal consequences. (“Proverbs 11:19 “As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.” Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”)
The Absolutely Truthful Word of God says that ALL HAVE SINNED, ALL have fallen short, ALL are deserving of eternal death. (Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”) Since that is TRUE, then there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father, except through Me.” Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which you must be saved.”
The Absolutely Perfect, Absolutely Just God is also Absolutely Loving. He sent His Son to die so that all who have fallen short may be brought near. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 1:16-22 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’ For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…”
There are consequences to what we believe. You can believe something with all your heart and still be wrong. Even the “wisest” man can be utterly foolish. But what is really foolish is when we have the truth, the ABSOLUTE TRUTH and we are ashamed of it. People are (literally) dying because they don’t know the truth about sin and salvation and we are afraid of standing up and declaring the Truth.
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…for it is the power of God! And that’s the truth!