There are two little words that are in fashion more than ever, and unfortunately, they are turning up more and more in the church.
What are the words that change everything?
Simply add “for me” to any of the basic Christian messages and you have gutted them of any meaning. Try “Jesus is the only way for me” or “The Bible is inspired and true for me.”
Those two little words turn a universal truth into a relative truth. The trend to relativism is the hallmark of the postmodern era that we find ourselves in.
In the past, the argument has always been over the way the world actually is… Was the world created by God, or are we just a bunch of fortunate molecules that happened to form? Can we know God, or is He utterly transcendent? And so on.
But now the very idea of the world actually being one way or another is no longer a given. The new view of things is always relative to an individual or a particular community. Within this view, truth has no meaning on its own, and right and wrong are merely social constructions.
This utterly destroys the Christian message. Jesus is reduced to a preference.
And this is not just a problem with the unbelieving world. There is a growing movement within the church that is embracing postmodernism. According to these advocates, one must experience life within a particular community for its truth claims to have any meaning. I believe that refuting relativism is abolutely THE apologetics issue of our day. But more on that later…