Illustration on Relativism – Survey: Is There Such a Thing As Absolute Truth?

The survey on Is There Such a Thing as Absolute Truth? highlights how quickly we can forget what is true and what is not. From a Christian perspective, there is absolute truth, and it comes from God. Relativism denies absolute truth, and thus denies God and his son, Jesus Christ. See James Dobson comments below in regard to a recent Barna survey on “What Americans Believe”.


James Dobson Comments on Barna Survey on What Americans Believe

In the survey taken in early 1991, interviewees were asked, “Do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with the following statement: There is no such thing as absolute truth; different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct.”

Only 28% of the respondents expressed strong belief in “absolute truth,” and more surprisingly, only 23 percent of born-again or evangelical Christians accepted this idea! What a telling revelation!

If more than 75 percent of the followers of Christ say nothing can be known for certain, does this indicate, as it seems, that they are not convinced that Jesus existed, that He is who He claimed to be, that His Word in authentic, that God created the heavens and earth, or that eternal life awaits the believer? That’s what the findings appear to mean.

If there is no absolute truth, then by definition nothing can be said to be absolutely true. To the majority, apparently, it’s all relative. Nothing is certain. Might be. Might not be. Who knows for sure? Take your guess and hope for the best!

James Dobson, December 1991 letter, quoting George Barna, What Americans Believe.

What Does Albert Einstein Say About Relativity in Society? Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity has had a influence in our society adopting a view that truth and knowledge are relative. In reading Albert Einstein’s direct quotes on knowledge, imagination and relativity in every day life, he not against knowledge nor does he think everything is relative (See Biblical Commentary on Imagination and Knowledge and Saturday Evening Post Article Imagination is More Important Than Knowledge.