Hi, this is Pastor Aaron, and I’d like to begin by thanking you for visiting our website. My prayer is that this will be a great asset to your spiritual understanding and that it will even lead to your deeper enjoyment with our risen Christ. So again, I say, “Welcome.”
On the eve of the crucifixion, our Savior looked at the governor Pilate and declared, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate sensed that this was more than a man. But fearing the political pressure of the Caesar-worshipping mob outside the judgment hall, he squirmed out of this soul-searching divine encounter by taking the backdoor out of the conversation. “What is truth?” Pilate responded. And then he retreated (John 18:37-38).
Today, people are buying into the same backdoor-reasoning—that there is no absolute authority on truth. And because many believe “all truths are equal” (relativism), they don’t mind others talking about “truth,” simply as long as it remains “their truth.” Because the minute you say that “your truth” is “the truth,” they say that you are close-minded and bigoted and opinionated.
But here is a valid question: Since when was truth an opinion?
As a case in point, when you type numbers into your calculator and hit “=,” does it then proceed to give you a mere opinion, or rather does it present indisputable, absolute truth?
And while people say that “feelings” equal “truth,” the fact remains that “feelings” can be very deceptive. For instance, high blood pressure is so nicknamed “the silent killer,” because it can destroy your body, even though all the while you may actually “feel” fine. Take another example: The piece of earth you are currently standing on is moving on its axis at a velocity of 1,800 km/hr. But that’s shocking news, considering that we all currently “feel” like the earth is at a standstill.
See, all too often, what one “feels” has no bearing on reality.
Years ago, we all watched the unforgettable horror of the Columbine High School incident. And as eyewitnesses confirmed how the two teenage boys were actually smiling amidst their murder spree, we all unanimously concurred that their concept of “truth” was truly sick. But wait, if there’s no absolute truth, and all truth is indeed relative to how one “feels,” then aren’t we being close-minded and opinionated? You see, by the fact that we all feel that everyone should feel that murdering one’s classmates is wrong (especially if one of the victims were our son or daughter), then we are at that moment proving that we do in fact want truth to be absolute.
But the problem is, we only want truth to be absolute when it comes to a Columbine, a 9/11, our boss calculating our paycheck or how people should be treated. Otherwise, we as a society reject truth (especially when it comes to God our Creator). And meanwhile, these times are more perverted and morally bankrupt than they’ve ever been.
Jesus Christ declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man can come to the Father unless he comes by me.” (John 14:6)
Despite however one may “feel”, mankind is at odds with God, because mankind has broken His holy commandments, and hence broken His heart. And a perfect God, who is love but who is also holy and just, must judge and punish all sin. And though man may “feel” that all roads lead to God, God’s Word says the exact opposite; if there is any other way, then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 3).
The only way to heaven is by receiving the forgiveness of sins and the accredited righteousness of Jesus Christ—the perfect lamb God gave as a sacrifice and the perfect Son whom God so loves. But He also so loves us, which is why He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Jesus Christ will not have to perish in eternal fire, but rather, will receive forgiveness and eternal life (John 3:16). This is the “unspeakable gift,” and this is the truth.
And a fair question to ask is, how do we know that the Bible is absolute truth—especially when Barnes and Noble has tons of other books in the Religion section that also claim to be “the way?”
The Bible is the only “holy book” that even has the audacity to tell us history before it happens—prophecy (Isaiah 46:10). Surely God knew saw this day of relativism and rampant falsehood way before we did. And He took care of it, because only a book—the Bible—that comes from outside of time can with perfect accuracy tell us about the times before they happen. And this is why in a day of foretold uncertainty and darkness, we hold the Bible as our personal love letter, as our very light, shield, and anchor.
Just around three years old as a local assembly, Antioch of Calvary Chapel is a special place where we humbly gather with one heart to learn more of the wonderful cross and His everlasting, liberating love. At Antioch, we lay a heavy emphasis on the study of God’s Word in its profound simplicity.
And time would fail me to tell of all the amazing testimonies—white, black, Asian, Latin; young and old, rich and poor, Ivy-league and illiterate, ex-strippers and ex-punishers—all new creatures now (II Corinthians 5:17), and trophies of the grace of God who doesn’t play favorites!
And of course there should be noted changes in our lives! Why? Because Jesus Christ not only died for our offenses, but He also rose from the dead, and now dwells in the midst of His people! Furthermore, He dwells in our hearts, never to leave us or forsake us! And as we sing and rejoice and love one another, I close my eyes sometimes and try to picture how much more beautiful heaven will be.
Oh, happy is the man whose sins are forgiven! (Psalm 32:1)
Do you have this blessed hope and confidence before God your Maker? You can.
“And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)
Won’t you come join us? Dress is casual, come just as you are. If you don’t have a Bible we’ll give you one. Hey, even if you only have one train token, we’ll give you one to get back home when you get there You can find all the information you need right on this website.
May the God of all truth bless you and keep you in His love!