Truth and Humility

One of the most misunderstood things about Christians who are part of the emergent conversation has to do with their attitude about truth. For the most part, we are not people who are trying to be postmodern. Rather, that is simply who we are. Likewise, (again) for the most part, we are not people who reject the idea of objective truth. Rather, we are skeptical of philosophies/theologies that purport to have cornerned the market on truth. Furthermore, truth is something that is lived, more than known.

Chuck Smith, Jr. does a great job of explaining this:

The new-school attitude toward absolute truth is that it exists, but no living human has direct access to it. As Paul said, our best apprehension of absolute truth is “but a poor reflection as in a mirror” (1 Cor. 13:!2). Therefore, new-school believers leave enough slack in their beliefs to be corrected, to allow God to teach them even more, and to make room for discovering the truth with clearer and clearer vision. They believe that people who spend their lives trying to prove the truth they know rather than striving to live the truth do not grow.

…We know some things for certain, and we hold this knowledge in common with all believers who subscribe to such statements as the Nicene Creed. But since we are not God, we canot know the truth perfectly; therefore, we are constantly journeying closer to the truth, and new-schoolers assume that the closer we get to truth, the more it transforms us. That is why few people believe that the religious person who constantly loses his temper while debating his faith is very close to the truth. There is too much of him and too little of God.

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