Recently I read a book by New York Times bestselling author, Mary Pipher. In it she told about her family in which she grew up . Some were conservative Christians, others were nonreligious; some were urbanites, others were farmers on the Central Plains; some ate only certain kinds of healthy foods, others smothered everything in brown gravy. The conclusion she drew from all of this? She wrote, “I feel lucky to have been born into a family that passionately expressed such divergent points of view. All I had to do was lie in bed and think over the day’s conversations to understand that there were no absolute truths, only the truths of many well-meaning but humanly flawed people.
I was surprised by her erroneous conclusion. Did Jesus know of this “truth,” that there is no no absolute truth? If Jesus Christ is the God the Son, then His opinions and perspectives ought to take precedence over other human opinions. After all, Jesus told His disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:5).
Did the apostles know of this truth, that there is no absolute truth, when they were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and started preaching that Jesus was the Savior of the world? Did they think that they were only expressing their own human opinion when they said, “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses. … Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:32 and 36)? Or were they convinced that God’s word is indeed, absolute?
God’s truth is absolute and is absolutely real. The Bible is God’s word spoken into human existence. God wants to reveal the truth of the spirit world to us, of the hope and salvation that He offers us through Jesus Christ His Son. God wants us to know the Truth, because as Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)