Absolute truth: something that is true at all times and in all places, no matter what the circumstances; a fact that cannot be changed.
Relativism: the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.
Deception: causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.
Post-truth: defined as an adjective relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Post-truth was the word of the year for 2016 in the Oxford Dictionary.
The culture of the world, and especially the United States, has gone from absolute truth, to relativism, to deception, to post-truth in my generation. Deception and post-truth are especially prominent in our present times. So, what has happened resulting in drifting so far from absolute truth? Romans 1:25 says people have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.”
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it” (Quote from George Orwell, a novelist who died in 1950). This quote has really come true, hasn’t it. We see so much hatred today toward those who are attempting to stand up for absolute truth.
Which of the four above categories do you fall into? How do you know what is truth? There must be a standard for separating truth from relativism and deception. Why is this important? Because the “truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Go back and read again the definition of absolute truth. One thing that is always true at all times, in every place, and in all circumstances is that for every attitude or action there is a consequence, positively or negatively. That is why the world is experiencing so many problems; it is living in relativism, deception, and post-truth.
May I urge you today, if you are not already doing so, to apply the teaching of Psalm 86:11. “Teach me your way, O Lord, I will walk in your truth.” Walk in the truth of God’s word, the Bible, which is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). A good Old Testament book to read that is full of practical wisdom for living that will bring positive consequences is Proverbs. Base your life on the absolute truth of God’s Holy Word. Better yet, come into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus is quoted in John 14:6 that he is “…the way, the truth, and the life…”