The hit our culture has taken by the dismantling of absolute truth is far greater than we thought. We originally believed that it’s only target would be religion and the institutions that adhered to it.
However, it has now trickled down to places I suspect we never saw coming.
You see the fruits of the war on truth in innocent enough sounding statements…
“It’s ok it really wasn’t your fault.”
“The game was rigged against us. It was all the referees fault, or the coaches fault or the fill in the blank. Because it’s never your fault you went 0-5 with three errors.”
“These test just don’t take into consideration my child’s unique abilities.”
“This may not work for you but I think it helps me.”
“That’s how I feel and that’s all that matters.”
Empirical truth lies slain in the street. We now routinely function socially, physically, scholastically, and spiritually as if there is no acceptable, provable norms for society.
The result? The placebo now has equal standing with the provable.
What Is the Placebo Effect?
“Sometimes a person can have a response to a placebo. The response can be positive or negative. For instance, the person’s symptoms may improve. Or the person may have what appears to be side effects from the treatment. These responses are known as the “placebo effect.”
Yes, it’s true there are some verifiable benefits to a placebo. It goes back to the whole mind over matter thing. And that works until the matter in a given case is a cancerous tumor and must be surgically removed.
We live in a world of short-lived placebos that promise great things but overtime fail to deliver substantial results.
Maybe, you have opted for a placebo like cure for your marriage. Replacing fantasy for genuine intimacy.
Perhaps, you’ve bought into a placebo like parenting plan. Replacing love and discipline for excuses and justification for bad behavior.
Maybe, your health is struggling because you thought the latest fad could replace healthy eating habits and exercise.
The root cause of all this is the assault on truth. If nothing is absolutely true than everything is true. You get to “fabricate” your truth. Creating a brand of designer truth that works for you.
The problem is your designer truth never stands up in divorce court, the laboratory, or in the house of God.
May we not be fooled and “lead astray by every wind of doctrine” Paul said.
In the end remember that you are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own Bible. And we could go on to say you are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own conclusions.