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Truth Wars Part 2

TRUTH WARS PART TWO GODS ABSOLUTE TRUTH VS CULTURES RELATIVE TRUTH SERMON ONE: WHAT IS TRUTH John 17:17–19 (NLT) Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. Jesus promised that the truth would set us free. John 8:31 John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. In fact, in the next twenty-four hours in America, 1,000 unwed teens will become pregnant, 500 adolescents will begin using drugs, and 6 youths will commit suicide. Values are core beliefs or desires that guide or motivate attitudes and actions. Ethics is the standard of conduct that indicates how one should behave on moral issues arising from principles about right and wrong. In 1963, according to Gallup, 65% believed the Bible literally; today the number is only 32%. Today 70% reject moral absolutes all together. Barna Survey Of Church Lay Leaders – only 53 percent believe that there are moral truths that are absolute – 43 percent say there is no such thing as the Holy Spirit – 33 percent believe that Jesus never had a physical resurrection – 19 percent believe Jesus sinned while on earth. Absolute Truth, refers to something that is always right and true, whether people agree or disagree with it and whether or not it happens to be part of their experience. The unchanging reality for the Christian is the Word of God; this is the standard for absolute truth. Relative Truth: This concept of truth says life is validated not by a set of principles or outside objective data but on the basis of personal experience. • If it feels good, do it! • Do your own thing. • You choose your truth, I’ll choose mine. • Hey, whatever works for you. • Who are you to judge me? “Agree with me and you won’t be intolerant.” Truth is Incompatible with Moral Relativism. What is right for one is right for all. Follow truth not you heart. John 18:37-38 Pilate said, “So you are a king!“ Jesus answered, “You are the one saying I am a king. This is why I was born and came into the world: to tell people the truth. And everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me.“ 38 Pilate said, “What is truth?“ … What is truth? It is defined as that which conforms with fact or reality. Theologically, truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. 1. All Truth is God’s Truth. Truth can be known only by divine revelation. “Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar” (Rom. 3:4). 2. Truth is Absolute. Without God, there cannot be any absolutes. Without absolutes, there can be no objective, universal truths. All truth is absolute because God is absolute truth. Everything contrary to the truth is a lie. All untruths are the Devil’s lies. Something cannot be both true and not true. All truth is universally true. 3. Truth is Singular. It does not exist in bits and pieces of unrelated ideas or disconnected data. All truth is found in the one true God. 4. Truth is Objective. This means that truth is not subjective. It is not discovered by personal feelings nor determined by private intuitions. Truth is propositional. 5. Truth is Immutable. It Does Not Change. Truth is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Right is always right and wrong is forever wrong. “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Ps.119:89). Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God abides forever.” Truth is permanent, fixed, and established. 6. Truth is Authoritative. Truth does not stammer or stutter. It speaks with the supreme authority of God Himself. Truth is binding upon our lives. Truth demands our response. Truth possesses supernatural power. “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Truth has the final word in all matters, telling us how to worship and how to walk.

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