Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Value of Absolutes

Read the prior message in this series: "The Nature of Truth"

Until our conscience is informed by truth based on absolutes, we are destined to wallow around in the quagmire of post-modern relativism and situational ethics. Unless we operate from absolutes, we'll continue to be distracted and divided by preference and conviction. Without absolutes, there is no measure for right or wrong. Without absolutes, all opinions are morally justified.

In a world of absolutes there will still be differences of opinion, differences in convictions, and differences in culture that impact how and why we choose to believe and behave the way we do. There may also be passionate disagreement on what the true absolutes really are. This is why the most important question after "What is truth?" is "By What Standard?"

Read the next message in this series: "By What Standard?"

[Aside: The comment below by JRae led to an interesting exchange of ideas which is posted as a 5-part set of linked blog entries on "Being a Truth Seeker."]

2 comments:

  1. I'm down with the truth. I hope you're not heading for some Jesus preaching with this stuff though, because it's too interesting and truthful (no pun intended, heh!) to be perverted by dogma.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not against the Jman and his teachings myself, just against the way the Church uses him and exploits his message.

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  2. I'm at a point in my life where I'm comfortable with these 2 absolutes:
    1. There is a God.
    2. Always aiming for kindness, acceptance, honesty and edification in your acts and words can only serve to help humankind and can never be faulted by God or man.

    Cara

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