Os Guinness writes in Time for Truth:
The discipline of living in truth is urgent today because modern life reduces community and accountability to its thinnest, thereby tempting us to live in a shadow world of anonymity and nonresponsibility where all cats are gray. In such a world, becoming people of truth is the deepest secret of integrity and the highest form of taking responsibility for ourselves and our own lives. . . . If truth is truth, then differences make a difference – not just between truth and lies but between intimacy and alienation in relationships, between harmony and conflict in neighborhoods, between efficiency and incompetence in business, between reliability and fraud in science and journalism, between trust and suspicion in leadership, between freedom and tyranny in government, and even between life and death. Certainly, the choices are ours, but so also are the consequences.
Consider the following (fictional) dialog and the way our culture views truth. In the discussion, Tom doesn’t believe there is any truth in religion and there is no absolute moral standard. He represents a position called relativism, which means that everything a person believes is not absolutely true, only relatively true, or true for them. Brenda believes there is truth in religion and an absolute moral code. She represents the position called absolutism, which means there is absolute truth and a moral standard that applies to all people everywhere and at all times.
TOM: Hey, Brenda. What’s up?
BRENDA: Not much. What are you up to, Tom?
TOM: I’m thinking about this nonsense people call “Religion.” Some believe that their religion is the only true religion (Ha! Laugh). That’s absurd. There is no truth in religion because there is no absolute truth! [Read on…]