In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained. – Philippians 3:16
I learned quite some time ago that there is no such thing as “new” truth. There is only old truth that is new to me. If, in fact, something is true, then it has always been so … for truth is absolute or it just isn’t really true. On the other hand, what happens when I hold something to be true and another doesn’t. Whose “truth” trumps the other? Doesn’t my truth (if it is truly contrary to yours) make your truth, in fact, a lie?
Our nation’s founding fathers once wrote that certain truths were “self-evident” (innate), but if the citizens of our nation cease to acknowledge the Creator who endowed them then the natural result is their eventual abandonment. Lacking an objective standard by which to measure what is true (and what is not) plunges any culture … is plunging ours … into moral relativism and chaos. In other words, what is necessarily self-evident must also be self-acknowledged or it simply will not matter.
When humanity ceases to acknowledge its Creator, it inevitably begins to behave like the proverbial product of evolutionary primordial soup: life is devalued, debauchery is applauded, and all hell breaks loose.
Today not only in philosophy but in politics, government, and individual morality, our generation sees solutions in terms of synthesis and not absolutes. When this happens, truth, as people have always thought of truth, has died. – Francis Schaeffer