I was listening to a Josh McDowell message on the radio talking about the way this generation views truth. He told about how when he speaks to crowds of people about the subject, he picks somebody out to ask them a couple questions. He would hold up a Bible and the conversation would go something like:
“Do you believe this is the Word of God?”
“Do you believe it is inerrant?”
“Do you believe it’s completely reliable?”
And then there was usually silence. And if the person did have an answer, the conversation would continue like:
“Because I have faith and believe it to be true”
“So if the person across the aisle from you believes the Qur’an to be true, does that make it true to them, just because they believe in it?”
To believe that truth is absolute means to believe truth is unchanging. Believing that truth is relative means is to believe what is true for you is not necessarily true for someone else, and that what is true can change over time. What is the church coming to if it believes that truth is relative? These are Christian young people and Christian ministers who are giving these answers! Ravi Zacharias asks the question, When you say that truth is relative, do you really know what you are saying? Do you understand the implications of the statement “truth is relative”?
It does not make logical sense to say that the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant, and completely reliable, but that may not be true to the person next to you. The Bible is either the Word of God or it isn’t. You can’t have it both ways.
There is also a logical paradox with the belief that truth is relative (besides the fact that declaring “truth is relative” is an absolute statement): if you say that truth is relative and what’s true for you may be different than what is true for me, then you are giving room for my declaration that the Bible is the only Word of God and that Christ Jesus is the only way to salvation to be true. You are leaving room for the truth that there is only one way while you are trying to prove that there are many truths. But if what I am saying is in fact true than what you are saying in saying that truth is relative cannot be true.