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There are No Absolutes…Are You Sure…Absolutely. June 16, 2012

Posted by regan222 in Books, General Ranting, Religion, Science and Technology.
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Isaiah 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Judges 17:6  In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Malachi 3:6a   For I am the Lord, I change not;

I am amused at the current philosophy that says, in effect, there are NO absolutes in the universe.  All things are relative and based on context.  All moral philosophies and religions are equal.  In short, an absolute single truth, in the universe, does not exist.  I am amused because of the absolute conviction with which the people  who hold that belief hold on to it.

We teach our children to make decisions based upon a methodology that begins by telling us that we can’t know the right answer.  Our scientific method results in a conclusion we call a theory.  By definition, a theory is “No” answer at all.

Theory:   A proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation.

A theory, in essence, is the best answer we have at the moment for a question that can be changed when a better answer comes along.  This “wishy-washy” brick is the unit we base our entire system of logic and decision-making on.  The scientific method consists of a series of organized steps that allow us to take a possible solution to a problem (a hypothesis) and test it in a very limited exercise called an experiment.  Based upon the results of this testing we form a theory concerning the answer to our question.  Unfortunately this theory is subject to change based on the preponderance of evidence.  Should someone else’s experiment give different results over time, we change the answer.  Should a new body of data come into light, we change the answer again.  According to this method of reasoning there are no answers, only the closest answer we can know based on our observation and analysis.  Here is the funny part.  People take these conclusions and offer them as “proof” of everything from the existence of God to the origin of the Human species.

As a high school science teacher I hear the word “proof” constantly in my classroom.  I am confronted daily by students who regale me with tales gleaned from television and the Internet concerning scientists who have “proved” one or more things.

Proof:   Evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true.

Ah but we’ve already established that there is no truth, only the best solution based on current evidence, subject to change.  How can anything, outside of a mathematics classroom, be proven.  In math it is possible to prove things because mathematics allows for absolutes.  There IS an absolute zero, an integer has only ONE value, etc.  Without these constraints, no PROOF is possible.  It is not wise to use the word “proof” in any context outside of math.

Christianity, on the other hand, is completely based upon and supported by absolute truth.  It is said that Christianity can’t be proven.  I say that it is not necessary.  We spend entirely too much time trying to “prove” God with the most blunt of instruments.  This is akin to building a nuclear reactor with an Erector set and some 9 volt batteries.  There is no system of reasoning or philosophy or thought capable of analyzing God.  We can’t even build a completely accurate computer model of a (relatively) simple natural phenomenon like a thunderstorm or an earthquake.  How could we hope to understand the creator of those things.

  Isaiah 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

         Isaiah 55:9   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

This is why God does not require an intellectual solution to our moral problem.  We don’t have the capacity to understand.  God simply asks us to, if we can’t believe all the things going on around us, simply to believe Him.  We don’t  turn off our minds and proceed on blind faith.  We simply accept our mental limitations and proceed on faith.  This is not such an unusual or unreasonable proposition.  We do it thousands of times a day with simple things that it IS possible to understand.  An automobile is a finite and knowable object.  It is possible to completely understand its workings, and yet most of us do not.  We know that a car has a motor and a transmission but very few people understand compression ratios or differentials, or could explain how an automatic transmission works.  It is POSSIBLE to know, but most of us do not.  Does that stop those of us who are less informed from driving.  Do we NEED to understand in order to get into a car, start the motor, and pull out of the driveway, all the while BELIEVING that the gears will move us and that the brakes will stop us.  We don’t understand, for the most part, why, but we believe it.  People of faith carry the process a step further.  We KNOW that we can’t understand God or His creation but we have been told that He exists and that He loves us.  Just as young drivers are told about the brake and gas pedals in a car.  We don’t call them mindless fanatics because they believe what they are told without any sort of proof.  Being a Christian does not involve denial of fact in the face of faith, it is an exercise in waiting on God to reveal how fact and faith go hand in hand.  Some things we can know in this life and some things we will have to wait for.

1 Corinthians 13:12   For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

That is how I can stand before you today and make claims that, on the surface, seem to fly in the face of reason.  I make them without “proof” and without apology.  Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, lived a perfect life, died to pay for the wrong that you and I have done, and rose from the dead in order that, even as he died for us, we might live after death through him.  I offer no proof of that claim, I merely ask that you consider it.  Anytime the Gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit of God offers all the proof that is needed.  Christians use the word “conviction” to describe the effect of the Holy Spirit’s actions upon a lost soul.  This conviction is what draws the lost soul to faith and salvation.  If you are currently an unbeliever and have read this entry then it is likely you feel some pull or tugging or restlessness in your heart and mind.  If so, simply accept.  Agree to give God the benefit of the doubt and He will give you all the proof you need.  If you have a question about how to do this, leave me a comment below and I will respond.




1. Mad Maudie - June 24, 2012

This is fabulous. You have a definite gift for explaining difficult and often abstract concepts with such clarity and poignancy. I’d be proud to be your student!

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