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WHOSE TESTIMONY DO YOU TRUST

Little Tommy's grandpa was somewhat of a philosopher and never missed an opportunity to give out bits of wisdom to his grandson. "Yessirree, Tommy," he said one day. "Always remember fools are certain, but wise men always doubt." Tommy asked, "Are you sure, Grandpa?" The old man replied, "Yes, my boy, I'm absolutely certain." What are you absolutely certain of? There is a well-entrenched mindset in our world today that insists you cannot be certain of anything, except that you cannot be certain of anything! This philosophy views those who insist on the existence of absolute, transcendent truth with a suspicious eye. With a straight face, many who consider themselves intellectually and philosophically sophisticated insist that no one can be certain that a particular Biblical, moral or ethical position is absolutely true and they are absolutely certain of that position! Ted Cabal said, "It should be obvious that it is self-defeating to preach that no worldview can claim to be the truth, when this sermon itself if it is to be taken seriouslymust inherently claim to be the truth" (An Introduction to Postmodernity). Do those who insist there is no such thing as absolute truth seriously expect us to accept that as absolute truth?

The sophisticated mind games modem people play with the truth are not new. Two thousand years ago some people denied that Jesus Christ came to earth as God in flesh. The apostle John spoke about these ancient "postmodernists" who doubted Jesus in 1' John, and he didn't "beat around the bush." He called them liars. ..antichrists...false prophets. . .not of God" and insists that they have the spirit of error" (2:22; 4:1,3, 6b). He further states unequivocally that "whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either" (2:23). His strongest statement is found in 1' John 5:9-12: If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. ...he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son." Today many recoil at the absolute certainty with which John speaks of Jesus. Millions bear witness to a generic, non-threatening Jesus who is but one entree on a multiple-choice menu of saviors who can get us to God. But the witness of God is greater. The testimony of God in the New Testament is that Jesus Christ is the unique, only begotten Son of God sent to redeem the world (John 3:16) . He is the way; the truth, the life, and without Him no one can come to the Father (John 14:6). If you don't trust the testimony God Himself has given of His Son, whose testimony do you trust?

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ