Behind the times?

I get the opportunity to interact with people who aren’t totally sure about Jesus yet. Sometimes these interactions are online, and sometimes they’re in person.

One of the stumbling blocks people identify is that the Bible seems to advocate teachings that are “behind the times” or “morally regressive.” And that makes them uncomfortable.

I appreciate these arguments. And I hope that what I say is always respectful. And to be honest, as I’ve explored my own faith through the years, I’ve sometimes had them too.

So one of the things I encourage people to think about—and which I encourage you to think about—is what their fixed point of reference is for right and wrong. Or, put in the form of a question, how do they determine what is true?

-Is truth what your country’s laws say?
-Is truth what my peer group says?
-Is truth based on feelings or intuition?
-Is truth based on majority opinion?
-Is truth based on the views of certain media outlets?
-Is truth based on cleverly spun internet memes?

Through time I’ve grown more and more confident in the permanence of biblical wisdom. As Psalm 119:89 says: “Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

With that perspective, it’s not biblical teaching which is “morally regressive.” Sometimes it may in fact be one of our country’s laws, or a peer group, or our feelings, or a media outlet…

So, as you try to understand biblical teachings, and as you try to understand how they apply to your life, remember to ask yourself what your reference point is. How do you determine truth?

It makes a difference if you think you’re standing on concrete but you’re really standing in quicksand.

“Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.”

By Matthew Ruttan 

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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