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What Is the Difference Between Relativism And the Belief in Absolutes?


If you have not read Stories Versus Truth, you may want to read that before reading this.

Relativism says there can be no absolute doctrine, principle or standard. Of course, that means that relativism violates its own premise, because relativism is an absolute doctrine, principle, and standard. The belief in absolutes, sometimes known as absolutism says there can be an absolute doctrine, principle or standard. Note: there are other, unrelated meanings of the word, absolutism.

Liberal Big Brother said, "Those who control the past, control the future." (George Orwell's prophetic novel, 1984)The control of history has largely rested, unchallenged, in the hands of liberal Big Brother for decades. It could be said that those who control the news, control the present. And control of the news has rested in the hands of the liberal Big Brother for decades, also unchallenged by the non-liberal voice. The same could be said of science. Liberal Big Brother has largely established control of the sciences and what is accepted as "fact." Recently, non-liberals began to state the non-liberal viewpoint, bringing other facts to light. Big Brother has protested loudly to any non-liberal voice because Big Brother was used to having a complete control of all media.

Now, since there is more than one voice, we have come to the day of the self-proclaimed verifiers and validators, but who is going to validate the validators. And then, who is going to validate the validator validators. You can see the problem. It is Pontius Pilot's question: "What is truth?" The relativists answer: "There is no truth." Who will control As it was with the mainstream media, those who are willing to fight for control are the ones who get control. In general, that means that the liberals will control, because the Spirit of Christ doesn't work by coercion and street-fighting. Blessed are those who don't submit themselves to the counsel of the ungodly.

The relativistic view says that the democratic process will yield truth for today. They say that each person must find his or her own truth. God doesn't care about opinion polls or personal opinions, though. Wikipedia is an example, stating that all may freely edit the information, but a quick look will tell you that it is liberal-controlled. Wikipedia is pulled in the direction of the most persistent, those who are most dedicated to controlling the message. Wikipedia is controlled by power, not truth.The only challenge to the relativist is how to package and control the message so that Big Brother stays in control.

From Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21, the individual has the responsibility to discern between truth and error, darkness and light, sent and self-appointed. Eve listened to the serpent rather than God, and death was introduced to the earth. Ahab listened to Jezebel and the prophets of Baal and introduced the first recorded instance of the exercise of eminent domain. His final error in discernment was when he listened to all the lying prophets rather than listening to Micaiah the prophet, and he was killed. Jeremiah warned concerning the pillow prophets that God had not sent them, yet they ran. God had not spoken, yet they prophesied. The people didn't listen to Jeremiah and they went into captivity.The New Testament warns us about those who say they are apostles and are not. It says that there will be those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness. God commends the church at Ephesus in that that they were able to discern the difference between true and false apostles.

Who is telling the truth and who is lying?Here is an easy one. Those who say that there is no truth are lying. These are the relativists. An absolutist believes that some things or all things are absolute. Most don't think that they have absolute truth, but they believe that there is absolute truth.

Here is a funny thought. It's normal for absolutists to be relativistic, and relativists to be absolutist. As an example of relativists being absolutists, consider the relativist who is absolutely certain that all things are relative.

As an example of absolutists being relativistic, if we agree that the Bible is the Word of God, without error, and that it is a sin to add to the Word or take from the Word, how could our doctrine possibly not agree?We are exercising relativism in the form of assumptions, preconceptions, and human interpretations, that's how.

Here is the good news. God is in control. God doesn't conflict with Himself. He is ever present. If we all seek the Lord, He will be found by us all. He is willing and able to have fellowship with His people. Through Christ, we are reconciled to Him. He sends the teacher, the Holy Spirit, to all who will receive, but He forces Himself on no one. Those who want to lean on their own understanding can do so. All who seek, find. All who ask receive. To all who knock, it will be opened. God is able to give good gifts to His children. If they ask for bread, He won't give them a stone. The unity that Jesus prayed for will be reality, and it involves not only our unity with each other but also our unity with the Father and the Son.

A little science on the human mind

Numbers 15:39... and that ye seek not after your own mind and your own ability to observe, with which you used to commit fornication:

Rom 8:7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can it be.

Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walks wisely, he shall be delivered.  
Jeremiah 23:16 Thus says the LORD of hosts, Hearken not to the words of the prophets that prophesy to you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still to them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say to every one that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.  
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

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