There Are Absolutes

David Brandt Berg

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The whole principle of modern education is that there are no absolutes; nothing is sure, nothing is certain. That’s the way history is now too. “We used to say history was absolute, but now we’re not sure it was that way at all. We’re not sure of anything!” The whole idea is to say, “It ain’t necessarily so.”

They’ve destroyed faith in the Bible, God, history, and His creation. You see, if there are no absolute quantities, then there are no answers and things are not necessarily right or wrong.

It’s the same idea as destroying faith in God. If they destroy faith in God, that there is a God, then how can there be any right or wrong, because there’s nobody to make the rules? If there’s no God, there’s no ruler, there are no rules, and if there are no rules or laws, then nothing is either right or wrong.

Look how they’ve attacked each major field that proves the evidence of a perfect God. The first thing they attacked was religion itself. The subtlety of the attack on religion was that there was no necessarily right religion, therefore there was no necessarily wrong religion. Various religions were just religions, probably fabrications of man anyway, so how could you say which was right or wrong?

In other words, there were no religious absolutes. The whole idea was aimed at destroying faith in God. “They are just manmade creeds.” These broad-minded greatly tolerant ones could now say, “Now your religion may not be good for me, but maybe it’s okay for you.” You know that condescending attitude: “But since there is no God, there is no really right religion or wrong religion, and no religion can make laws for anybody else.”

It all goes back again to the godless premise that if there is no ruler, there are no rules, and if they can prove there are no rules, then they can debunk God—prove there is no ruler. If they can prove each of these fields is imperfect, then they claim they can prove that the perfect doesn’t exist—therefore God doesn’t exist.

Outside of God’s creation proving the existence of God, mathematics proves the order of the universe. Math proves there is rhyme and reason to things.

History is another thing which really proves the existence of God—God’s laws of retribution, the rise and fall of empires because of either righteousness or wickedness. This is one of the surest proofs there is of the existence of God and the rules, including fulfilled prophecy. So what did they have to do with history? They had to debunk history. This is still a favorite occupation of some historians, to claim that what we thought and heard all our lives that these [famous] characters were really like, they weren’t like that at all.

They did the same with music, to where music didn’t have to have harmony, it didn’t have to be pleasant, so that there was no such thing as good or bad music, because there were no rules. “Since there are no rules, you’re not breaking any when you have disharmony and noise.” So they abandoned the laws of music, too.

Look at art: Modern art doesn’t even have to mean anything. It doesn’t have to make any sense—no meaning, no order. See, if you can destroy the meaning, if you can prove to people there’s no meaning to a thing, then there’s no order, no purpose, and there’s no plan, therefore, there’s no planner.

Both art and music used to follow very strict laws to produce real beauty, but both art and music have abandoned the rules; they’ve thrown away the laws.

In the same way they attacked creation: They had to try to prove there was no order to things, no laws, no plan, no purpose. Therefore, there was no planner or anybody that gave orders. Therefore creation just became a meaningless chaotic evolution. “It all just happened by accident.” Everything which had any rules or order or plan or purpose, proving that there is some kind of ruler who makes the rules and gives orders and plans things with a purpose—everything that had any order or plan or rules to it had to be attacked to destroy any faith in the absolute and therefore in God!

In every field of science, math, art, music, history, philosophy, and religion, they have tried to destroy confidence and faith in the absolute to try to shake your faith that there is anything sure, anything that is necessarily so or true or right. The whole theme song is: “It ain’t necessarily so. The things that you read in that Bible, they ain’t necessarily so. Beginning with the Bible, that ain’t necessarily so; and history, it ain’t necessarily so; religion, it ain’t necessarily so; and philosophy ain’t necessarily so.” They’ve gone right on down the line through everything—“creation ain’t necessarily so; music, art, none of them, are necessarily so, because there ain’t no so. There’s nothing that’s true, so there is no truth,” in other words.

Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus answered him and said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). So if nothing is so, then nothing is true, then there is no truth and no Christ! So to disprove the existence of God, they had to disprove the existence of truth and rhyme and reason, order, plan, laws, rules, etc.

In the United States they had a whole generation who grew up under progressive education in the big cities, who were taught the progressive way of learning to read in which they used no phonics, no phonetics, no alphabet. You didn’t even necessarily have to learn how to pronounce the word. All you had to know was what it meant, if it meant anything, and of course, it didn’t necessarily mean that. So language also no longer had any absolutes or rules. You couldn’t prove that a word really meant what it said; maybe it meant something else. Maybe one thing to one person, another thing to somebody else. So a whole generation of high school students arrived in college and couldn’t read or write!

To abandon the ruler they had to throw away the rules! To get rid of God they had to get rid of the absolutes—the right and the wrong and the meaning and reason for things. Drunkenness is not drunkenness—it’s now a mere disease called alcoholism. Violations of sexual laws are no longer sins; they’re mere perversions or aberrations.

A revolutionary education today would be back-to-God education, and that’s really revolutionary in this modern day and age! Back to God in creation. Back to real faith in religion, back to creation in science, back to a plan in history, beauty in art, harmony in music, laws in learning to read, right and wrong in behavior, and order in government and God in everything—the Creator of all things, the designer of everything, the planner—so that life again means something.

For God is the only one who can give a real meaning to living. Let’s get back to God in our education, in every subject in every field. I taught school for years, and I brought out God in everything, showing there was perfection in all things and that the Perfect One had a hand in the creation of all, and there was a reason for everything.

Back to reasoning, back to a pattern for existence made by a divine Designer who makes the plans according to rules, brings about order, and who gives meaning to the universe and purpose to the planets, and love to our hearts and peace to our minds, and health to our bodies and rest to our spirits, and happiness to our lives and joy to our souls, and the wisdom to know that “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10), and that mere knowledge is not enough, but how to use it is more important for the glory of God.

We must see God in everything to give it meaning, reason, purpose, plan, design and a goal, and peace and order and a design for living given us by the great Designer in His rules and laws, rights and wrongs and absolutes, without which there can be no peace and no order and no happiness.

Thank God for the absolutes and the rules of the Ruler, that we may know the difference between right and wrong and therefore find happiness through His love and His loving laws and reasonable rules. May God help you to “know Him, whom to know is life eternal” (John 17:3). And absolute!

 
 

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