Is It Arrogant For Christians To Say They Know the Truth?

We as Christians have to clearly understand the truth. Our Western culture has found a way to skirt around Christian truth claims by calling Christians “arrogant.”

We have a good and gracious God—an external reality—who revealed himself as truth because we would not know what truth is unless the Truth himself told us and showed us. Is it of utmost importance to understand that the most significant and practical revelation of truth is found in God’s Word—written and incarnate.

 

Relativism

Everybody makes truth claims. The rise of a mode of thinking called relativism has saturated our Western culture. People who hold to this ideology believe specifically or subconsciously that they are their own determiner of truth—that truth is not absolute. This is truly arrogant thinking, because it makes a subjective individual’s feelings superior to external objective moral laws. But, in our culture, if you don’t accept someone else’s “truth,” you’re labeled as arrogant and intolerant.

The secular world tries to make falsehood palatable by making a creed to tolerate all beliefs. Think on the absurdity of this statement: We are now morally obligated to accept the moral obligations of everyone. How is that even possible?

We as Christians have to clearly understand the truth. Our Western culture has found a way to skirt around Christian truth claims by calling Christians “arrogant.”

Are Christians arrogant for claiming to have the truth? In a short answer, I would say “No.” It is possible to say you have the truth and not be arrogant.

Defining Truth

Nancy Pearcy warns believers about the understanding of truth in her book Total Truth:

The danger is that if Christians do not consciously develop a biblical approach to a subject, then we will unconsciously absorb some other philosophical approach.

Christians need to be very clear about our approach to understanding truth.

We have a good and gracious God—an external reality—who revealed himself as truth because we would not know what truth is unless the Truth himself told us and showed us. Is it of utmost importance to understand that the most significant and practical revelation of truth is found in God’s Word—written and incarnate.

Jesus prays to God the Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17, emphasis added). God gave us truth in the Bible so we would not have to grasp for it in the dark.

Jesus declared with his own words that he was “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus claimed to be truth. Truth is a person who gave us the right ways to live, believe, and understand. Truth is not just the written words in a book or the right words spoken from a platform; truth is the person of Jesus. John 1:14 tells us “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” When we know Jesus, we know the truth.

And it is not arrogant for Christians to claim to have the truth. Here are three reasons why.

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