“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31-32)
Jesus made this statement in the Temple courtyards of Jerusalem, in the middle of a discussion He was having with ‘the Jews’ (a term used by John for the religious elders of the day), who were beginning to show their hand openly in their attempts to trap and destroy Him.
This episode is especially applicable in today’s world. We are at a point now in the history of mankind when there is a serious attack going on against the concept of Truth – not only in the ivory towers of philosophic discussion: this attack is impinging on crucial aspects of real life.
The Sadducees of the present day – the so-called ‘intellectuals’ – are bent on denying the concept of absolute truth. By their standards, the idea of absolute truth is old-fashioned and outmoded, and has already been relegated to the trash. It appears this new thinking is impacting seriously on education, where students are now encouraged to give whatever answer to a question they think fit – and it seems that all answers will be marked ‘correct’.
Likewise generally, one man’s idea is treated as being as good as another man’s – on any subject: a trend fostered even further by the entrenched Internet rituals of ‘liking’ and ‘commenting’ on anything and everything on facebook, blogs and websites and, apparently even the education process. The ultimate outcome of all this can only be a complete erosion of standards and values.
Frankly, I view this as an attempt by the enemy to tear down the foundations of our society – and I use that word in an all-encompassing sense of societies in general. It is also, of course, a direct attack on God, who is Truth, and His word.
We are certainly coming close to the end times. Jesus foresaw these events clearly:
“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” (Matthew 24:11-12)
We live in a world that is governed by pretty strict rules of causality, set up by the Father to enable us to function in a predictable manner. I rather doubt those intellectual prophetic ‘brains’ have thought of the logical outcome of the course they are steering in trying to nullify absolute truth.
If they were to plant cannabis seeds and come up with a crop of marigolds, they might be somewhat put out: even more so if their own offspring turned out to be a bunch of jackal whelps.
They cannot have it both ways. Either there is an identifiable absolute truth, or else all is chaos. Jesus’ words and sayings throughout the New Testament are consistent with the importance of understanding this truth – and His behavior throughout His life was an impeccable testimony to His words.
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