Absolute Truth Or Situation Ethics

(Each week, I write an article for the Cartersville, Daily Tribune and the Tangipahoa News Ledger. This, is this week’s article)
Absolute truth.
Those two words refer literally… to truth that is true in all situations.  The opposite of absolute truth is situation ethics. Situation ethics teaches that the situation determines what happens.
There was a time when absolute truth was more accepted than it is today. There was a time when the Bible was accepted as absolute truth by more people.  But today, absolute truth is not accepted by a majority of Americans. And, this has led to many of the beliefs that are held today.
Now, someone may ask, “Why is absolute truth so important?”  It is because, if there is no absolute truth, then everyone just believes what they want to believe. There are no rules. Just believe what you want to believe. Have fun, enjoy life and let the good times roll. Believe what you want to believe. What is true for you may not be what is true for me.   After all, everybody should look out for number one. Or, that’s what we hear today.
As a Christian the Bible is absolute truth for me. The Bible says, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever” (Isa 40:8).
The Bible teaches that life is sacred. Thus, abortion is wrong.
The Bible teaches that marriage is sacred; thus, divorce is wrong.
The Bible teaches there should be no sex before or outside of marriage; thus, premarital and extramarital sex are wrong.
The Bible teaches the cohabitation is wrong. Thus, it’s wrong when a man and woman live together who are not married.
If one lives by situation ethics, in each of the above examples, the decision would be left up to the individual. People would be encouraged to do whatever makes them happy.
Absolute truth teaches that the Bible and the teachings of the Bible are right, thus absolute in all situations. We should choose absolute truth as opposed to situation ethics.

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