ABSOLUTES VS. RELATIVISM
spiritual revelation or spiritual suicide?
“All these divisions we see on all sides, all these disputes and
opposition, are caused because men cling to ritual and outward observances, and
forget the simple, underlying truth. It is the outward practices of religion
that are so different, and it is they that cause disputes and enmity -- while
the reality is always the same, and one. The Reality is the Truth, and truth has
no division. Truth is God's guidance, it is the light of the world, it is love,
it is mercy. These attributes of truth are also human virtues inspired by the
Holy Spirit.” (`Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, pp. 120-121.)
The definition of relative truth- Truth that is true at only one time
and at one place. It's true to some people and not to others. It's true now but
it may not have been true in the past and it may not be again in the future,
it's always subject to change.
The definition of absolute truth-Whatever is true at
one time and at one place is true at all times and at all places. What is true
for one person is true for all people. Truth is true whether we believe it or
not. Truth is discovered or it is revealed, it is not invented by a culture or
by religious men. It will also be consistent within its own system and with
There are absolutes we all share in; all of reality proves this. What we find
is that the Christian world view is the most consistent with reality. There is
truth and there is falsehood, but one cannot find what they are wrong in unless they
have an ultimate standard. God believes in objective truth because He is that
This is what He has communicated to mankind through the Bible.
This is what He has communicated to mankind through the Bible.
Example of absolutes - We all need air to breathe, to live we all need food
and water. This is true for all people everywhere at all times. So there are
absolutes we all share that are essential to our existence.
Logically one cannot go forward and backward at the same time. One cannot be
dry and wet at the same time, nor physically in two places at the same time.
With belief systems something cannot be true and not true. One must be false,
for both cannot be true. In this the Bahá'í fail to recognize contradictions.
They do not deal with the facts, they change them to have them suit there own
If a religion claims new truth supersedes the former truth, who's to say that
their new truth will not be replaced by even newer truth. This sounds like God
made in the image of man. This shows that if you don't have a set standard for
judgment anyone can come along and change the former revelation of God.
THE LAW OF NON-CONTRADICTION
While the Bahá'í position says that all prophets are one progression from
the same source, if we refer to the law of non-contradiction we can see how
bankrupt their philosophy is.
Shoghi Effendi “ The fundamental principle enunciated by Bahá'u'lláh. The followers of his faith believe that religious truth is not absolute, but relative, that divine revelation is a continuous and progressive process, that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, that their basic principles are in complete harmony, that their aims and purposes are one and the same, that their teachings are but facets of one truth, that their functions are complimentary, and that their missions represent successive stages in the spiritual evolution of human society” (Call to the Nations p.11).
This is seems to be an absolute statement. If it is not absolute then they
can be wrong. If it is an absolute statement then there are absolute truths.
Either way it's self defeating according to their own philosophy. What
Bahá'í does is find statements from all the religions that can be agreed upon
and disregard the teachings that would be barriers. It's a cut and paste
religious smorgasbord. To have a universal appeal they reinterpret everyone
else’s religion to fit their own concept of ecumenism. Bahá'í can be
classified as a chameleon using each religion's teacher to attract adherents to
their own New World religion.
Christianity teaches God never changes His nature is immutable. Neither does His truth; if God changes you have discarded the monotheistic view of the Judaic
Christian belief. If man's view of God changes he has removed himself from the
God who does not change. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today,
and forever, therefore He is God. Bahá'í's relativism is on a collision course
with Christ's absolutism.
What is the criteria for knowing who is a real messenger of God or not?
It is up to each one of us to recognize him. Do we need a man like the Bab to
tell us or give us a list? The Bible has already stated in Isa.8:20 “If
they do not speak according to this word they have no light in them.” The
Spirit of truth will bear witness to Jesus' words not to another's.
One cannot legally use Jesus to confirm their religious system and then go outside the
teachings of Jesus.
One cannot legally use Jesus to confirm their religious system and then go outside the teachings of Jesus.
Jesus made it simple- there's one God, one book, one way. He did this so even
a child can understand and come to know Him. So simple it is ignored, it is
discarded, it is disbelieved by the so called spiritually enlightened to the
intelligentsia of our day.
The spirit of our age is “tolerance” which has synthesized all the different
religions to be valid. If we bring the relative concept of truth to spiritual matters, if
all religions are true, there would be no false prophets, no idolatry. Even the Bahá'í does not say everyone is true. Yet their tolerancefor what they accept is at the
expense of truth, the truth found in the Bible.
God never changes, neither does His Word. What is true in the past is true in
the present and will be true throughout eternity. Jesus said “heaven and
Earth will pass away but my words will last forever.” The reason being
they are eternal truth, not like man's wisdom which changes from age to age,
culture to culture, like the Bahá'ís claim.
Unlike any other book the Bible is God breathed. He used various men's personalitys writing down what he wanted to communicate. To be accurate
in our interpretation we must seek what the original author's intent was.
Since the Holy Spirit is the ultimate source of the communication it only makes
sense that we need the same Holy Spirit who is the originator of the words
written. This is why only Christian's can fully comprehend the Scriptures; you
must have the Holy Spirit to illumine our mind and heart to the words.
This means one must believe they're a sinner to receive Christ as Savior to
have the Holy Spirit live inside them. Only then will He guide them into