Absolutes

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. Heb 13:8,9 (NASB)

What is truth? This was famously asked of Jesus by Pilate right before he was scourged and then murdered. (John 13:38). Pilate was a political person, one who served at the whims of his Roman overlords. To him, there were no absolutes except that if his superiors got angry with him, he was absolutely going to be in a lot of trouble! Truth changes for politicians as often as the wind changes direction in a spring time storm.

Those of us who believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God believe in absolute truth. Absolute truth comes from the One who is absolute: Almighty Yahweh the Creator of the universe. We know from reading and studying the Word that God cannot lie and does not sin. We know from the author of Hebrews that His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ (in modern parlance) is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This is a very important concept when studying out first century Christian beliefs.

Most of us were taught that Christ effectively came to make a new religion. That He came to end the law and erase absolutes. That the rules were a burden and a curse, so they were destroyed and a new path was created where one can worship as one sees fit without regard to the Torah. Yet those who teach such a thing also teach the Trinity, a doctrine that says Jesus and His Father are the same being in a very confusing sort of way. This is puzzling because if one believes in the Trinity, one believes that Christ Himself gave the Torah! And Christ is sinless and perfect, so He could not have made an error, but yet He had to have made an error because the Law was a curse, dooming all under it to death! Jesus doesn’t change but the rules He wrote in stone can? Oh, what a tangled web.

Our society embraces the same version of “truth” as Pilate did. Relativism rules the day in “the world”. There are no absolutes anymore, especially within the realm of morality. Men can marry men, women can exchange the natural for the unnatural. Johnny can have two mommies. Marriage is obsolete, but only for heterosexuals. For homosexuals. marriage is now a sacrament. Murder is bad if one person commits it but understandable and excusable for another. Theft is wrong for the citizen but the status quo for financial houses and governments. Yet another tangled web. And we know the reason for these beliefs: lawlessness and disobedience. Paul writes this in Romans 1 and there is nothing new under the sun.

But we who believe know there are absolutes, truths, facts, and other inconvenient concepts to the lawless. Black is black, white is white, all men are appointed to die once, and the list goes on. Our wisdom appears as foolishness to the world. Our beliefs are foreign to most. We purge the leaven in remembrance of our Messiah’s sacrifice. We keep Sabbath holy but abstaining from work and commerce and worshiping together. We refuse to follow the traditions of man-made religions, despite those traditions being so entrenched in our society. And we do so because our Messiah does not change and He will come in judgment of the living and the dead.