Absolutely by Ken Joines

Here’s an article from “Ken’s Newsletter” that was sent out last March entitled “Absolutely”. It’s worth the read.

Is there such a thing as absolute truth? Some say no, that what is right for you may not be right for me; that if your standards work for you, that’s fine, but don’t try to impose them on me.

Try this: Imagine playing a Super Bowl with no absolute rules determined by the NFL. The Steelers would be starting 13 players instead of 11; they voted on it in Pittsburgh. Unanimous approval. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has reprinted the rulebook and they are going to take five downs on every possession. The Colts will be using this huge trampoline to help halfbacks on short-yardage plays.

Or imagine two big jets trying to merge on the same runway. They would no doubt need to initiate something like a Frequent Survivor programs.

So how in the world can anyone imagine that we can maintain any semblance of stability as a nation when we have abandoned absolutes. If forty years ago someone told me we would be confused about whether abortion is wrong, about whether sex outside of marriage is wrong, about whether we should be giving out condoms at school, I would have dismissed it as unthinkable.

You see, in the past, people violated God’s rules, but there was a general understanding that there was a standard that existed. But today this culture denies that any criterion exists and we can all just live as we please. And the only thing that is absolutely wrong is when I stand up and say something is wrong. We are told we are supposed to tolerate anything except those who will not tolerate everything.

Are there any absolute truths?

This may be the most critical question of our time. If we answer correctly, logically, we can restore stability to this nation. If we answer incorrectly, we sign our death warrant as a culture.

Consider the first and last phrases of the Great Commission: “All authority has been given to me … … I am with you always even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20). Would you please consider just what this means. It means first that there is a source of absolute truth and the source is the person of Jesus Christ. Truth is not just moral code written by some sitting council and vulnerable to change. Truth is embodied in a person who is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” He said I AM the truth. And he walked out of his own grave to prove his right to say it.

Read Acts 17. Paul is in Athens, the intellectual center of the day. They were pluralistic idolaters who spent their time doing nothing but “talking about and listening to the latest ideas” (v.10). They even had one idol designated, To The Unknown God. They loved philosophy but had no absolutes. So Paul comes to the local marketplace and begins teaching about Jesus. The local braintrust was so intrigued that they invited him to speak at the Areopagus, which was like being asked to sit on Larry King Live or on Oprah’s show.

So Paul stood before these brilliant leaders and told them about Jesus and told them three things. (1) This unknown God created all things. (2) He is sustainer of all things, and in him we live, move and have our very being. (3) This God is the Judge of the universe. I wonder whose standard God will use in his judgment. I don’t have to wonder long. Verse 31 says, “God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof to all of this day by raising him from the dead.” So God will judge the world by an absolute standard and that standard is the person of Jesus Christ who said, “All authority has been given unto me.” Authority not just over the church and over moral issues but all authority over philosophy, education, business, science, politics and domestic issues, too. Listen to him:

Are we created or did we just evolve? He said, “Have you not read that from the beginning we were created male and female.” Is the Bible truth or myth? He said, “Thy word is truth.” Is there life after death? He said, “He that believes in me though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Is sex outside of marriage right or wrong? His word says, “Among you there must not even be a hint of sexual immorality.” Even the question of whether it is right to kill and/or eat animals is addressed. Jesus ate fish and lamb. He gave tacit approval to kill a fatted calf in the Prodigal story.

You see, when we acknowledge the authority of Jesus this settles some of life’s most perplexing issues, but if we don’t acknowledge and respect his authority we get bogged down in endless arguments for which man has no absolute answer. If a nation does not respect God, the only way that the government can get its authority is through intimidation and tyranny.

Our founding fathers understood this. That is why our nation was founded on Jesus Christ and rooted in the Christian religion. Look at this quote from Patrick henry: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was not founded by religionists, but by Christians. Not on religion but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Henry made this statement and he was a whole lot closer to the situation than any of our present-day atheists, agnostics or Deists.

Back to the question of absolutes: If you contend that there is no such thing as absolute truth, you’d better be absolutely certain of this. There is no margin of error here.

– – Ken Joines

Ken lives down in Southaven, MS and preaches for various congregations by appointment. If you find any spelling errors I’ll have to take the blame. It’s a good article, but it isn’t a copied and pasted article…it’s typed the “old-fashioned” way 🙂

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