Humanity has a habitual dependance on the notion of relativity. It’s because of this notion that art is so poignant. Art is an expression of emotion, all relative to the artist’s perspective on the world. However, the way the art is seen through the eyes of the viewer may convey and trigger different emotions. We say a piece of art is successful when the emotion that is conveyed is the same one that is received. Yet some would challenge this, saying that all art is successful, as long as emotion is expressed and emotion is received, regardless of the similarity between the two. How is this possible? Through the lens of relativity.
Many people, especially in the collegiate world will say that everything is relative, all depending on your own perspective. This of course, includes truth. However, in the eyes of a Christian, we see that there is absolute truth and relative truth. The bible is full of absolute truth, especially in the Gospel, which lays out several truths for examination. They are:
- Our world is broken and full of sin. Every person sins, creating a wall dividing us from the pure and holy God.
- This pure and holy God sent his son, Jesus, who was the only man to live without sinning. He is fully God and fully man.
- In his perfection, Jesus took on the penalty of all our sins, which is death. When he did this, we were justified in the eyes of God, thus leading to sanctification and glorification.
- Jesus rose from the dead 3 days later, and after spending 40 days on earth ascended into heaven. He will return to Earth at the time of judgement. In his stead, he has given us the Holy Spirit.
These absolute truths are the foundation of the Christian walk. We cannot believe in the power of God’s grace without these.
But this mean that for Christians, there is no relativity? Absolutely not! What we see with our own eyes is twisted by our own thoughts and experiences, and is not always as the world really is. For all intensive purposes, we are color blind, only seeing certain tones and hues that stand out to us. Only true sight comes through God. God sees the world in absolute truth, because He is the truth.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
God sees us in absolutes. We are imperfect sinners. There is no one who is a greater sinner than the other.
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2