How can one decide to walk the line if he doesn’t know the line? Is the line merely of an external nature where one will be nice to others and tell the truth? Perhaps, but that would be incomplete.
To even know what the line should be, one must know what truth is. Without truth, our parameters are arbitrary. Consider the spoon bender in the Matrix. Fine. There is no spoon. We can say there is no ultimate truth. If there is no ultimate truth, there is no truth at all. Only the illusion of truth.
History can testify that this relativistic view of “what’s true for you is not necessarily true for me” is alive and well. One view that can be adopted is the Machiavellian end justifying the means.
This is the fruit of postmodernism. It should ALWAYS be illegal to murder. It should ALWAYS be illegal to commit adultery. It should ALWAYS be illegal to rape. History’s relativism suggests otherwise.
Perhaps the most discussed question in history is, “What is truth?” Pilate asked that very question in John 18:38. I am no theologian, but I am a Christian and I believe that the Bible as a whole, answers that question quite nicely.
Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai. These Commandments were a code given by God that we are to live by. Even today, I would guess that most people agree with some of them. Murder is bad. So are stealing and adultery.
Regardless of the code we choose to live by, even if your motto is, “To thine one self be true,” you betray yourself. Are you always true to yourself in all cases? Are there exceptions? These exceptions, intentional or not, would betray the above maxim.
God’s law was meant to show our shortcomings. Our sinful nature. Jesus really put the screws to us when he said he is most concerned with what’s inside.
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:27, 28 ESV) Our thoughts condemn us in the eyes of God. We thought we were keeping this commandment by not physically cheating on our spouses.
Jesus also stated, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. (Matthew 5:21, 22 ESV) Anger is equal to murder? I’m guilty of unrighteous anger. According to Jesus, I’m guilty of murder perhaps tens of thousands of times in my life.
The law was never intended to measure our good deeds with. The law crushes the lawbreaker under its weight. This is why we need the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
So, what is the line? I submit that it’s the Ten Commandments. Do I walk the line? At best, I stumble alongside the line. Thanks to Jesus, I am not condemned by the line.