Postmodern Jesus: Truth in a Relational Age

DCF 1.0So… there is a group of people that I regularly meet with and at this group a common complaint is “everything is relative” and “no one believes the truth anymore…”

Let’s get one thing out in the open: the Modern world is dying quickly. By that I mean the assumptions and beliefs the world operated under for the last couple hundred years are not long for this world. One of these beliefs that is going away is the idea of truth. Pilate had the question right when he asked “what is truth?”

The modern world answered that question by saying “fact is truth.” What you can prove, what you can see, and what you can touch all add up to truth. That is fine enough, but we in the church tried to play this game. We become far too concerned with the “historical” Jesus, with finding out whether every drop of ink in scripture is fact, and trying to explain away everything that wasn’t.

The world that we are moving into, called Postmodernism because we all suffer from an incredible lack of creativity, rejects this notion of truth. I am going to make a wild claim and say that the Bible isn’t so hot on the idea either. When the Bible directly deals with the idea of truth this is what John has to say

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Think about how crazy a definition of truth that is. Truth isn’t some gathering of facts and figures. Instead truth is a living person and a living God. Truth is living being and one that we can have a relationship with; not something we memorize.

And the thing that I have noticed about people and relationships is that there is a bit of relativity involved. My relationship with my dog is different than my relationship with family.

We are entering into a world that increasingly rejects black and white dichotomies. We can either complain about it or we can change our tone. Facts are fine enough, but in a world increasingly focused on relationship we as the Church can say “Hey, I know a truth that loves you back.”

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