The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “truth.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
I have grown up with postmodernism and its rejection of universal truth: The idea that all truth is relative and simply a matter of perspective. Honestly, sometimes this makes it hard to connect such thinking with my Christian faith. And I’m usually more of a “middle of the road” person in lots of issues and usually can see both sides of an argument (which can often make it hard for me to make up my own mind about what I think about it all!).
But a C.S. Lewis quote I can still remember years later from the book Mere Christianity says this, “If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through…As in arithmetic—there is only one right answer to a sum, and all other answers are wrong; but some of the wrong answers are much nearer being right than others.”
I like this quote because it helps me deal with the whole “truth is relative” conundrum, especially when it comes to my faith. I’ve often used this same basic concept when trying to explain this idea of universal truth to others. No analogy is perfect but I feel this one is still a good one to remember.
Another quote that helps in this area is one I’ve shared before from St. Augustine that remains a backbone in my own church, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” Of course, in all this we still have to agree on what are the essential and non-essential truths of Christianity but at least it’s a start!