Modern Myths: There Are No Absolutes

“And you shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.”

— John 8:32

Over the next few days we’ll look at some modern myths—assertions by our society that contradict Biblical truth.

The first and perhaps most prevalent is “There are no absolutes; all truth is relative.” Have you perceived this attitude recently? You can hear it in statements such as “Things change, and what we believed ten years ago no longer fits”; “That may be true for you, but it’s not true for me”; “That concept works in America, but it would never work in China.”

The statement “There are no absolutes; all truth is relative” contradicts itself because it’s an absolute statement. When people assert that no absolutes exist, they really claim that God doesn’t exist because God is the ultimate absolute. “No absolutes” means no inspired Word of God. It means no Jesus Christ.

But absolutes do exist. The Bible constantly deals with absolutes: life and death, obedience and disobedience, righteousness and sin, saved and lost, light and darkness, good and evil, faith and unbelief, Heaven and hell, God and Satan. Not only do absolutes exist, but we can know and understand them. The Bible says, “These things I have written to you … that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). We can know that we must receive Christ as our Lord and Savior; that no one can mock God; that all have sinned; that one day we shall all give an account of ourselves; that Christ is the Way, the truth, and the life; and that Christ prepares a place for us in Heaven.

When we know the absolute truth, it sets us free to realize God’s will in our lives. Don’t let cultural relativism fool you into thinking that each person can determine his or her own “truth.” We all may perceive minor aspects of truth differently, but that doesn’t support the idea of relative truth. Truth is eternal and unchangeable.

Do you want to know the absolute truth? Then look into God’s Word today. Search the Scriptures for God’s truth, and let it set you free.

“Those who deny moral absolutes find themselves
in even greater bondage to sin.”