Paul Harvey once read a prayer that said in part, “God, we confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of your word and called it pluralism. We have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We have neglected the poor and called it self-preservation. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.” The prayer includes a plea that God would forgive us and set us free. Many people rejected the prayer, unwilling to admit that certain truths are absolute. The Apostle Paul once faced a religious council that rejected God’s truth. He was defending himself in Jerusalem. We read in Acts 22, that the Sanhedrin listened to his defense up to a point, but when he said God would accept Gentiles as He had Jews, they blew up. God had said long ago that He would accept Gentiles if they repented and turned to Him; but these people would not tolerate that idea. Throwing dust into the air, they shouted, “Away with such a fellow! He is not fit to live!” We have come a long way from crucifying those who differ from us. We realize everybody has a free will to believe as he or she wishes. Yet we insist and believe that God has spoken absolute truth in the Bible, and we cannot deny its reliability, even if others criticize us for doing so.
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