by James Merritt

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Don't Believe the Lie About the Truth (4 of 5)
James Merritt
John 8:32


1. I am convinced that in some ways children are far wiser than adults. Because children at least know that there are certain things that are absolutely true. I recently came across a list of great truths about life that little children have learned and totally believe.

- No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats. - When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair. - If your sister hits you, don't hit her back; they always catch the second person. - Never ask your three-year old brother to hold a tomato. - You can't trust dogs to watch your food. - Puppies still have bad breath, even after eating a tic- tac. - Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time. - Never wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts. - You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

2. Children are wise enough to believe that some things are absolutely true, but unfortunately adults are becoming an increasingly different matter. For the first time in the history of this nation, we are living in a society that is rejecting the notion of absolute truth. Listen carefully to the next two statements:

1. There are no absolutes.
2. All truth is relative.

According to a 1992 Gallup poll, 72% of all adults agreed that: ''There is no such thing as absolute truth.'' Now compare that with the fact that in 1962 a Gallup poll revealed that 84% of adults did believe in the existence of absolute truth.1

3. What is true in society is also true in the schools. The late professor, Allan Bloom, in his magnificient book, The Closing of the American Mind, made this statement:

There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: Almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students' reaction: They will be uncomprehending. That anyone should regard ...

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