Turning Over Tables

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. - Proverbs 14:12

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. - Proverbs 14:12

The term beliefs seems to have taken on a new, softer meaning in our postmodern society. The term is interpreted through a relativist filter. Beliefs are fine today. Beliefs do not cause any problems. Essentially, beliefs has become synonymous with opinions. To speak of one’s beliefs is merely to be heard as speaking of one’s own view. And, in our postmodern society, everyone is entitled to their own view and we’re all okay.

One of the consequences of this is that we can dismiss what someone says as their beliefs. They have their beliefs. We have our beliefs. Those across the road have their beliefs and that’s all fine. In conversations lately, this has come up. “Oh, is that your beliefs?” The problem is: This is the wrong question. The right question is: Is that right? Or, is that true? Once we start treating God’s truth as a belief, anything goes.

So talking about beliefs is fine all day, but it is not acceptable to talk about truth. In today’s society, no one can claim to be speaking truth. However, the prophets, Christ, and His apostles spoke of truth. They did not present their opinions to be discussed and decided upon by the individual. Christ taught narrowly, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Christ spoke truth and not beliefs. Had He spoken of beliefs in a way acceptable to today’s world, He would have said, “I am a way, a truth, and a life.” The difference is obvious.

How does this impact our mission in the world today? If we are deceived into merely advancing our beliefs, we have effectively put Christianity out on the table with all other religions and said, “Here are our ideas. Please choose us.” Our mission is rather to turn the table over, drive out the money-changers, and proclaim the absolute truth of Christ’s universal Lordship, which demands obedience and the forsaking of all other religions and ideas. We have the message of absolute truth in Jesus Christ and not merely beliefs.

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