Who Says... There Are Absolutes?
Part of the series Who says...
Written by Léo Gaumont, published on 2014-10-13.
If God is and we determine to serve Him, what kind of commitment would He expect from us? Absolute commitment, that's what!
Building on a foundation that God is, that He created the universe and that He ultimately is responsible for our children's being, should provide ample substance upon which to build our faith. This lengthy series will identify the secular thinking that has eroded that faith.
Bible Reference: Exodus 20:1-17
Once established as the foundational part of our world view, belief in God must be accompanied by an understanding of absolute, what the dictionary defines as ultimate reality. We must come to grips with the fact that we are not the ones who set the rules about the role that God intends to play in our lives, and since He is the be all and end all, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, He is absolute and so are His expectations of us. He demonstrated His absolute love for us in that while we were yet sinners, He gave His all for us. Why should He expect anything less of us?
God is absolute. His word is authoritative and absolute. He establishes the rules and they are absolute. He is the embodiment of truth so it is absolute. He is absolutely committed to us and therefore fully expects unwavering commitment from us. His life for ours. There is no negotiation or exception. Our own "personal interpretation" of reality not withstanding. We will never, ever be able to "... yes, but..." the Creator of the universe.
The ten commandments start with "I am the Lord thy God..." and then follows with directives on how we are to acknowledge that initial statement before proceeding with directives for good conduct. The fact that the first five commandments deal directly with how the initial statement should be demonstrated in our lives leaves no room for a partial commitment. You may ask how this has anything to do with home education to which I can confidently answer, everything. Once we have been enlightened with respect to who has the authority and responsibility for the training and teaching of children, there is no negotiation or exception to His expectations in this matter. Once we know the truth, we are without excuse when we willingly, knowingly transgress it in favor of "alternate approaches" to education. If God said "you teach them", He meant, "you teach them" from start to finish. He does not need help from government, He needs obedience from parents, who will demonstrate their faith in Him through their commitment to teach their children themselves. He does not change His mind or His directives once the children get to high school or when the going gets tough! Even if there are those who, for one reason or another, simply cannot fulfill this directive, God does not waver in His expectations, so it is up to the community of believers to be ready to assist those in need with their commitment.
Who says there are absolutes? God's stating that "I am the Lord thy God" makes Him and all that He has established as true and therefore, absolute. Those who would say otherwise are probably not as interested in your eternal, as much as in their temporal, well being.