No Accounting for Tastes

As one who believes in concrete truth, I apply boundaries to life.  I do not accept the premise that man is the measure of all things or even most things.  Inviolable verity exists outside the human experience of any one person, and we are all responsible and capable of adjusting our individual leanings to match as closely as possible absolute truth.  Perfection is as unattainable as striving is admirable.  Reality is not subject to personal inclinations, and all attempts to rename real truth will ultimately end in mockery of self.  Granted, such predilections find their footings in faith and not every item or idea in life is immobile.

Sometimes, truth is a thing that exists within parameters.  There may be several ways to serve a good without one discounting the other.  In such cases, truth is not an absolute point, but rather a condition that may be accessed by different means which share a common goal.  It could be said in such cases that truth is found in what is useful though this idea has been applied to dishonorable endeavors, as well.  Suffice it to say that it is hard to call something correct if it does not achieve the desired ends.  Of course, an action does not have to accomplish anything to be admirable.  That is the weakness of this position.

There are both absolutes and ethics in life.  A person cannot live honorably without recognizing each.  In some ways, we acknowledge both realities consciously or not.  The line of demarcation is the difference between individuals as we pursue the good life.  Just as nations have disputed and warred regarding their topographical environs, so individuals and groups have debated and separated along the lines of ethereal considerations.  Today’s battle for foundational truth is waged on terrain unquestioned in former days and is as disputed as the redrawing of European domains in the wake of World War II.  But what is good, better and best?

The values of virtue are continually contested.  The nature of goodness and the degrees thereof are always in question.  This lack of preciseness meets the perceived needs of society as we live in a time when none dare call anything treason.  People clamber for a morality with extreme flexibility.  There are to be no fixed points of concern, and generalities are to be so fluid as to fit the form of any vessel.  There is almost no need for grace in our day as no actions require it.  There can be little wonder that people are so confused in our time.  So many opinions and so little observable direction from any source, secular or sacred.

The basic elements of virtue and vice are clear in God’s Word.  Beyond these, overreaching principles govern life’s ethical considerations.  There will never be unanimous agreement on each issue of thought because different aspects of the Creator appeal to different personages.  However, the instructives in the Bible urge us toward compliance, cooperation and completeness.  Those who walk circumspectly will honor God with their lives and lay no stumblingstones for other believers or non-believers.  One day, we will give an accounting of our lives that really matters, and there will be no debate.

Sterl  

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