Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Highlight: Why Trust Jesus? by Dave Sterrett

Chapter One:  Why Should I Trust Jesus When There Are So Many Other Spiritual Paths?

Sterrett opens this chapter by discussing his senior year at Oak Hill Academy. At that time the institution was a relativistic and pluralistic environment. God used him in such an environment to speak the truth of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection and that faith in Jesus alone reconciles us to God. Through all of the disappointments and questions he faced when sharing such exclusivity, his conviction that absolute truth exists developed, became firm, and sustained him. This conviction is at the heart of the answer to the question of this chapter. Sterrett writes:

You can trust Jesus. He will reveal himself to you when you seek Him with all of your heart, soul, and mind. You can have this certainty in Christ, because God has first given us a sureness founded on the basis of the knowledge of reality.1

Relativism and pluralism reign supreme in society. Sterrett quotes Ravi Zacharias:

We are living in a time when sensitivities are at the surface, often vented with cutting words. Philosophically, you can believe anything, so long as you do not claim it to be true. Morally, you can practice anything, so long as you do not claim that it is a better way. Religiously, you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it.2

Sterrett then details the polar opposite. Jesus called people to trust in Him based on the evidence He was providing. He spoke in a way that conveyed that the truth regarding spiritual matters is knowable. He claimed to be the truth! How can we trust Jesus when He made such exclusive statements? This Jesus fellow is so archaic.

Sterrett begins to answer this question by demonstrating the self-defeating nature of relativism and pluralism. To claim that there is no absolute truth is to do that very thing. And to claim that the truth about God is unknowable is to claim the acquisition of the knowledge that God is unknowable. In the end, relativism and pluralism affirm that absolute truth exists. Sterrett wisely provides the foundation for his book by affirming this as well.  

Why should we trust Jesus when there are so many other spiritual paths?  Because absolute truth exists, we can know it and the manner in which Jesus spoke affirmed these propositions.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

Footnotes:
1. Page 30.
2. Pages 30-31.

Forthcoming:  ASummary of Chapter Two:  Why Should I Trust Jesus When I’m Not Sure That a Supernatural God Is Real?

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