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Some highly enlightened people are absolutely certain that nothing is absolutely certain…except of course, that which they are absolutely certain of. If that doesn’t make sense, you’ve got more savvy than they have….

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(This post is an edited version of one of my own favorites)

My son’s high school science teacher’s been working hard to convert any kids in his class who believe in God over to his faith, which is in agnosticism and evolution. Once in a while the kids are taught a little science in their science class, but most of the time it’s philosophy and metaphysics.

A recent pearl of wisdom levelled at this largely malleable and wholly captive young audience was that there are no absolutes in life, the universe or anything: nothing is absolutely certain. So why is he absolutely certain that they all evolved?

It’s a strange claim coming from one who deals with the known laws of nature every day, and particularly from one who is presumably getting paid tax-payer’s money to teach science. What is he saying to them: that nothing is objectively true but here’s a ton of homework on it all anyway?

Similar vagaries are being taught in colleges and universities: I know because I’ve experienced some of them myself.

It wasn’t long after the “nothing is true” revelation that this very same science teacher, having attempted to wash away any faith in God still lingering in his students’ hearts and minds, was recommending that they try Buddhism. This was no doubt the ultimate aim of his original sermon. But if nothing is true, how does he know that Buddhism is true? In fact, if nothing can be known for sure, why are we forcing kids to spend a large chunk of their lives learning what isn’t knowable or reliable?

In stark contrast to the double-minded science teacher, the great Einstein was able to declare without hesitation that E=Mc2. Is even this being reinterpreted now?

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One thing the evolutionist is absolutely certain of is that anyone who disagrees with him must be wrong:

“It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that)”.

(From Richard Dawkins’ Review of “Blueprints: Solving the Mystery of Evolution”).

Notice that the great Prof. insisted that we “believe” in evolution. He has to say that because he has no evidence to show us.

Prominent atheist professor of the history of biology at Cornell University, William Provine, put it this way:

“Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear. . . . There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either.”

(William Provine, Origins Research 16, no. 1/2 (1994): 9; quoted in Technical Journal 10, no. 1 1996: 22).

Of course, this brilliant man must have been dead before in order to be able to tell us what he knows for sure what is (or what isn’t) beyond the grave. More than that, he wants to uplift us with his hopeful convictions.

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The “no absolutes” assertion is one of many contemporary weapons in the war to purge Christian morality and the Judeo-Christian God from the world. It’s another way of short-circuiting reasoned debate, akin to insults often hurled at Christians such as “bigot”, “ignorant” and “hypocrite”.

And if you think about it, if there is no God there are indeed no absolutes when it comes to morality and ethics: right and wrong are decided by the people via government, the courts, the military and the police force, and can be changed over and over again. Or to put it in more politically correct language, morality and ethics are “fluid” and evolve with humanity: they’re decided by the majority (or as the case has been lately, the ruling elite) according to circumstances and expedience.

One of the problems with this kind of thinking is that we can’t claim to have the moral high ground above the Adolph Hitlers of the world. Hitler wanted to purge the earth of weak and diseased humans. How can we say he was wrong, if there are no absolutes? Surely, the best we can say is that we “disagreed” with him. If he’d been the victor in WWII, his standards of right and wrong would have ruled upon the earth, and we’d all be saying that his way is the right way.

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If I were to show up for work three hours late and then excuse myself by saying that there are no absolutes so I can just work when I feel like it, I would lose my job, and rightly so.

I’ve told this story a few times before but it’s another of my favorites. A young acquaintance of mine once told me that “Christianity is just an excuse for morality”. I wondered how he would react if someone were to hit him over the head, steal his money and run off with his girlfriend, because the rules of behavior which he and most of us wish those around us to live by are rules of morality. And we all have an inbuilt sense of what’s right and what’s wrong. We don’t need government to tell us that stealing is wrong and violence is wrong-what we need is to listen to our conscience and our Creator and to live by those standards.

The fact is that the universe can be studied only because there are absolutes. If there were no absolutes there would be no universe. So it is in the moral and the spiritual realm. If there is a God at all, he’s not shaped by our preferences: he has a character and a personality independent of our imaginings, and standards of right and wrong which he wishes His Creation to live by. Could it be just by coincidence that humanity operates best when it obeys certain guidelines, rather that inventing its own like Hitler did?

It’s a poor excuse to refuse to believe in or search for Truth by saying that no-one can know it. If the same excuse had been used in science we would be still living in the dark ages. Just as there are unchangeable, fundamental truths which hold our universe together, so there are moral and spiritual truths for our existence and benefit, and we should each be searching until we find them.

I’ve lived long enough to have frequent moments of regret. I’ve done and said far too many stupid things. I’ve missed far too many great opportunities. I’ve neglected far too many lovely people. And far too many times I’ve said “Why did I…?” or “Why didn’t I?”

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Before you start fretting on my behalf and attempting to guide me into some positive-thinking techniques, let me make it clear that I’m not ruled by my past mistakes. I’m not depressed or obsessed over any of them, thank the Lord. Whatever I did wrong in the past, and whatever I didn’t do that I should have done, I’ve forgiven myself for (though I’ve had to do it many times) just as my heavenly Father has forgiven me.

No, I don’t dwell on the past in any unhealthy fashion. But sometimes the memories just pop up in my mind, and I can’t help cringing and metaphorically kicking myself.

After having one of those “Why did I?” moments today, I suddenly realized that not one of them can be blamed on anything I’ve done in faith. Here I exclude those notions that “The Lord told me” to do or say such-and-such. Instead I’m referring to steps I’ve taken in response to what I’ve learned about the Biblical, Godly way of life. I could not put one of my mistakes or failures down to keeping a commandment, or following some Biblical advice, or putting into practice a principle from the Word. All those things have given me nothing but blessing, and put me on a straight path in life. This to me is one more evidence that what I have in my Bible is the Word of the living God.

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless” (Psalm 18:30 NIV).

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 ESV).

THINKING OF YOU

Have you ever felt like nobody really cares about you? Having a tendency to be rather melancholy myself, I’ve struggled with those feelings on and off all my life. The truth is that someone does care…to the point of obsession…

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I’ve been scanning hundreds of old pictures I took of my sons just before the advent of digital cameras, from the day of their birth onward. I was one of those Dads who would talk to his kids even before their birth. I told them I loved them. I played beautiful music to them. I prayed for them. I told them I couldn’t wait to see them.

I knew I had a lot of photographs, but what’s struck me as I’ve been sorting through them is how many different situations and poses they were in when I took the pictures. I was (and to be honest, still am) almost obsessed with my kids, just as any other normal, loving Dad is. I took pictures of them while they were playing, while they were asleep, while they were painting, while they were eating, on my shoulders, in the country, in the city… And it occurred to me almost in an instant, that my obsession with my kids is a picture (excuse the pun) of our heavenly father’s obsession with us.

Jesus saw Nathaniel under a fig tree: he knew where Nathaniel was and what he was doing even before he met him (John 1: 43-49). He told his disciples after his resurrection, “…and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

God, the Father of all those who love Him, is watching us, even when we aren’t at all aware of him. But he’s watching us in a loving way, in what we could almost call an obsession. Perhaps the most popular scripture regarding God’s obsession with his people is found in Davids’ writings, in Psalm 139:

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar…”

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there”

“When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be…”

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