Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. — Isaiah 59:14-20 (NKJV)
Everywhere, the media put forth what they consider to be the truth.
The recent hearings into the accusations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are just the latest example of supposed news that is really the skin of a rumor stuffed with lies.
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The president calls it fake news. The name “fake news” implies that what is being presented is fake or false.
Dictionary.com lists these words and others as synonyms to describe what is fake:
- not what it is cracked up to be
The word “true,” also from Dictionary.com, includes all these words as synonyms:
- bona fide
- on target
- sure enough
It should be clear to even the most uninformed person that the conflict going on in our society is between these two concepts — the true and the false.
What’s happening has been brought about entirely by a change in the concept of truth. Your “truth” is not my “truth,” say the progressives who knowingly reject the facts and rock-solid truth based on biblical principles.
Those who read the 1968 book “The God Who Is There” by Francis Schaeffer have known it was coming for 50 years. Schaeffer wrote, “The tragedy of our situation today is that men and women are being fundamentally affected by the new way of looking at truth, and yet they have never even analyzed the drift which has taken place. Young people from Christian homes are brought up in the old framework of truth. Then they are subjected to the modern framework. In time, they become confused because they do not understand the alternatives with which they are being presented. Confusion becomes bewilderment, and before long they are overwhelmed. This is unhappily true not only of young people, but of many pastors, Christian educators, evangelists, and missionaries as well.”
In the United States, the change in the conceptual framework happened between 1913 and 1940. Before this time, people talking to each other could be relatively sure they were sharing presuppositional beliefs. The first one is that there are absolutes in the areas of being, knowledge, and morals.
Those who shared reasoning based on presuppositions reasoned on the classical basis of antithesis. If something was right, its opposite was false. While Christians believed the Bible to be the proper and God-given source of truth, those who weren’t believers went along even if they did not have a philosophical reason.
The shift that has happened in the years past 1913 has been cataclysmic. The life of the unborn is devalued and murder is allowed because people do not see the taking of life as wrong.
Without Christianity and Judaism, the words of antithesis in our Constitution are devoid of meaning or changeable at the whim of nine people in robes in Washington, D.C.
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Decapitation and indiscriminate rape, torture and murder are committed by those who believe their long-dead prophet demands it for all “infidels.”
Any other transgression of natural law or the peaceful revealed laws from the Bible, such as those found in the Ten Commandments, are to be ignored.
If preachers in their churches said something was true, then its opposite was false. God exists, and Christianity’s foundation is God’s existence. Without it, Christianity is meaningless. Without Christianity and Judaism, the words of antithesis in our Constitution are devoid of meaning or changeable at the whim of nine people in robes in Washington, D.C.
Without truth derived from antithesis, philosophy, art, music, general culture and theology slide into despair, according to Schaeffer.
If truth is malleable and changeable, then the laws we pass count for nothing because they are not an objective, third-party, standard.
So let’s have a little fun. Let’s see if we can name how our government officials have broken the Ten Commandments. With Congress, the executive branch and the Supreme Court as your focus, see how many of the Ten Commandments they’ve broken that you can think of right now.
For example, when I think of killing the pre-born, the Supreme Court, which decided Roe v. Wade, immediately comes to mind, and so do the pro-abortion legislators.
So here are the Ten Commandments. Do the exercise for yourself.
1.) Thou shall have no other gods before me.
2.) Thou shall not make any graven image and not bow down to them, nor serve them.
3.) Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4.) Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
5.) Honor thy father and thy mother.
6.) Thou shalt not kill.
7.) Neither shall thou commit adultery.
8.) Neither shall thou steal.
9.) Neither shall thou bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10.) Neither shall thou desire thy neighbor’s wife; neither shall thou covet thy neighbor’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor’s.
How did they do?
Now the really important question — using yourself as a focus, go down the list of Ten Commandments again and see how you do.
Let us not allow “our” truth to reject the unchanging and unwavering facts of the Bible.
Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on 425 stations.
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