We live in a world of relativism. Here is Wikipedia’s definition of relativism – “the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity within themselves, but rather only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration.”
This concept of no absolute truth is dangerous and depressing. Most people who claim to believe in this concept fail to see the meaninglessness and the vulnerability that is created through a relativistic society. However, when you exult humanity to the ultimate standard bearer (which is what many people have done), then your only option is relativism. For every man is their own standard, therefore every standard is relative to your limited experience and your limited knowledge.
Having said this, inside all of us is a longing for absolute truth, a longing for unchanging rock solid truth, not shifting sand. This is why all cultures throughout all time consider truth to be a virtue. So the question becomes, does absolute truth exist? And if so, where can I find it?
The answer is yes, there is absolute truth and we find it, not in man, but in God. He is the reservoir of truth. He is the Ultimate Standard. He is not like man, twisting things to grasp for power (He has it all already). He is not telling a white lie to get out of trouble (He is perfect). He is not exaggerating to impress anyone (He is satisfied in Himself). He is not limited in his experience and knowledge (He is all knowing).
If then, God is where we find absolute truth, how do we access it? His inerrant word. The Word of God is just that, the Word of God. It is His revelation. And because God is the standard of absolute truth and because God cannot lie (“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.” – Numbers 23:19) we can therefore trust what He declares in His Word.
This is why the psalmist says in 12:6, “The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” God’s words without blemish, without imperfection. His Words are absolutely true; without error. This is why Jesus prays in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
If you want to quench your thirst for absolute unchanging truth, you will not find it in the world; you will only find it in the inerrant word of God.
This blog is a part of a series of blogs that are based upon Wayne Grudem’s book titled, Systematic Theology. Each week the title of the blog and the Scripture of the blog are taken from Grudem’s book. Readers are encouraged to read Grudem’s book along with these blogs.