Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Relativity of Truth and the Sowing of Seeds

This is how truth dies, not with a bang, but with a whimper. A few scattered souls protesting, but the death goes largely unnoticed. Truth is in the eye of the beholder, that is to say, that truth has become relative to the individual. Liberalism has ushered in the destruction of truth by reducing absolute truth down to the individual. As Fr. Seraphim Rose states that liberalism is not "an overt Nihilism; it is rather a passive nihilism, or, better yet, a neutral breeding ground for the more advanced stages of nihilism." (Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 23)
There was a day in which denying absolute truths would have been considered ignorant, while today the opposite is true. Those who adhere to absolutes are now considered ignorant and backwards, and those who are more liberal are considered progressive and intelligent. Truth has been subverted to save our comfort in what we wish to be true and now truth seemingly has no place to call home.

How can we expect people to come to the truth if they have no knowledge of the truth? Like a seed cannot sprout without first having been planted, therefore, it is up to us to plant that seed of truth in the hearts and minds of everyone. If we do not plant that seed, it cannot be watered and it cannot grow, so, we must speak the truth in hopes that it eventually will take root in the hearts and minds of those without it. We must speak it in love as a gardner carefully sows his seed, we must take note that some soil requires a different seed. That is to say that some people need different methods, some require the utmost delicacy and patience, others require a stern directness, some require very little at all. So we must take note of the soil in which we plant our seed, and sow accordingly. Like a fisherman does not cast the same bait for different fish but rather each type of fish requires a different bait in order to catch them.

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