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August 12, 2011

Freedom of Expression, Relative Truth, Moralistic people and the Irony of it all

Just some thoughts….

Why do people who believe in freedom of expression and defend it with their life feel like they are being attacked when others are freely expressing a different view? Can other people of different views and perspective not enjoy the freedom of expression?

A lot of relativist and free thinkers say that truth is relative. What can be true to you might not be the truth for me. They are adamant that truth is relative. Have you ever wondered if their statement is a relative truth or an absolute truth?

A lot of liberal people think that moralistic people are too judgmental unlike them who are more free and loving in their ways and judgment except towards moralistic people?

But if we think that the irony ends there, there is more!!! How does Jesus view the moralist and the liberals/ free thinkers

Moralistic people stresses truth without grace.

Relativistic people stresses grace without truth.

Here is how Tim Keller describes the irony of both sides:

Moralism is the view that you are acceptable (to God, the world, others, yourself) through your attainments. Their religion is conservative and filled with rules. Sometimes moralists have views of God as very holy and just. This view will lead either to a) self-hatred (because you can’t live up to the standards), or b) self-inflation (because you think you have lived up to the standards).

Relativists are usually irreligious, or else prefer what is called “liberal” religion. On the surface, they are more happy and tolerant than moralist/religious people. Though they may be highly idealistic in some areas (such as politics), they believe that everyone needs to determine what is right and wrong for them. They are not convinced that God is just and must punish sinners. Their beliefs in God will tend to see Him as loving or as an impersonal force. They may talk a great deal about God’s love, but since they do not think of themselves as sinners, God’s love for us costs him nothing. If God accepts us, it is because he is so welcoming, or because we are not so bad.

What do both religious and irreligious people have in common?

They are both ways to avoid Jesus as Savior and keep control of their lives. Irreligious people seek to be their own saviors and lords through irreligion, “worldly” pride. (“No one tells me how to live or what to do, so I determine what is right and wrong for me!”)

But moral and religious people seek to be their own saviors and lords through religion, “religious” pride. (“I am more moral and spiritual than other people, so God owes me to listen to my prayers and take me to heaven. God cannot let just anything happen to me–he owes me a happy life. I’ve earned it!”)

The irreligious person rejects Jesus entirely, but the religious/ moral person only uses Jesus as an example and helper and teacher–but not as a Savior.

Moralists, despite all the emphasis on traditional standards, are in the end self-centered and individualistic, because they have set themselves up as their own Saviour.

Relativists, despite all their emphasis on freedom and acceptance, are in the end moralistic because they still have to attain and live up to (their own) standards or become desperate. And often, they take great pride in their own open-mindedness and judge others who are not.)

The irreligious person loses sight of the law and holiness of God and the religious person loses sight of the love and grace of God, in the end they both lose the gospel entirely.

Only the gospel–that we are so sinful that we need to be saved utterly by grace–allows a person to see God as he really is. The gospel shows us a God far more holy than the legalist can bear (he had to die because we could not satisfy his holy demands) and yet far more merciful than a humanist can conceive (he had to die because he loved us).

John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

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