Thursday, November 03, 2005

More on Truth

I haven't stopped thinking over the discussion about absolute truth....which really does make folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, and changing diapers seem much more academic.

I fully believe that Jesus embodies Absolute Truth. I believe the Bible gives us everything we need for life and godliness. I don't believe the Bible gives us ammunition to be the supreme authority on every issue. I also believe that every human being reading the Bible (or writing it for that matter) is/was wearing glasses that color what we see there. Which means that we have to maintain humility about what we say is "true."

I'm still thinking....

9 comments:

A said...

That was very well put.

Cathy said...

Entering the discussion here. I think that we do have absolute truth. Let me explain, in the postmodern mindset there is an emphasis on the narratives of each culture. And what is valued is the respecting of the variant narratives. But as Christians in this culture, we do have the true narrative. The one story from Genesis to Revelation that is the basis from which we live. That is a positive thing.

I have been thinking, maybe it is not a belief in absolute truth that needs to change, but rather our terminology and our approach.

And you are right, with a correct understanding of our own place in God's story of redemption, there should be a great deal of humility. That to me is the response to the grace that I have been dealt.

ness said...

Cathy,

well said. Have you covered any of this kind of thing in your world-view class?

I think you are dead on about terminology and approach. I'm not sure most Christians realize what they mean when they say absolute truth, both in criticism and in support. That's either further evidence of postmodernity (difficulty defining words with other words) or lack of knowledge overall.

Faz said...

Getting closer to making a comment on all of this. I do totally agree with the statement that we look at Scripture with different lenses. That has caused some major problems over the centuries and today.

I hesitate on accepting that viewpoint with the writers of Scripture though. It is very complex for me to even think of it. On one hand we have staunch individual personalities that wrote the Scriptures. I believe that God had used their "life experiences" if you will also in the development of nuisances and phrases unique to each.

At the same time I think we have to hold that this ultimate message and therefore the content is from and by God. The very breath of God is alive in the Scriptures.

Christianity is not to conquer culture nor should it acquiesce to it. The gospel provides an alternative culture.

ness said...

I didn't mean that the Biblical "authors" (not God) had somehow made mistakes due to their glasses, but rather, but they also perceived what they wrote based on their glasses. Does that make sense?

Cathy said...

We started postmodernism this past week with an intro to it, but are going to discuss it fuller this week. Along with the emerging church. Kevin and I are currently reading A New Kind of Christian. And have listened to some lectures Dr. Grier gave about postmodernism. So the whole idea has been in the forefront of my thoughts lately.

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Josh Powers said...

If absolute truth is embodied in Jesus Christ, can anyone claim ownership of absolute truth?

klasieprof said...

Martin Luther

Discipleship is not limited to what you can understand – it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own understanding, and I will help you to comprehend.

Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. In this way Abraham went forth from his father, not knowing where he was going. That is the way of the cross. You cannot find it in yourself, so you must let me lead you as though you were a blind man.

Not the work which you choose, not the suffering you devise, but the road which is contrary to all that you choose or contrive or desire – that is the road you must take. It is to this path that I call you, and in this sense that you must be my disciple.

'Bewilderment...is the TRUE state of comprehension.."...I love that...
Donna
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ness said...

yes! What Josh said. That's all I'm saying!

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