“That’s fine for you.”
“Believe what you want, just don’t try to make me believe it.”
“Do what feels good as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Do what you want.”
“What’s the big deal?”
Those statements all sound fine, don’t they? Unless you’re some fanatic who has to have his way, then letting someone else have their beliefs doesn’t seem like a terrible thing. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? I mean, who are we to tell each other how to live? There just aren’t that many things that are absolute, right?
There’s a movement in our society toward this mindset. Maybe it started with the push to not make kids responsible for anything and always make them winners. Or maybe it was born in rebellion to the heavy hand of those who think they know what’s best for everyone else, but don’t live it themselves. Wherever it comes from, it seems to overlook one major factor.
It’s a factor no one wants to acknowledge. It’s a factor that is silent and will destroy. And it’s simple.
Our world is full of things that are absolute, and in that lies a problem with which all mankind must come to terms.
Absolute – There is a reaction following every action.
Absolute – There are necessities required for human survival.
Absolute – There are laws that govern our world that haven’t been created by man, merely discovered by him.
Let’s take a look at that last one. Let’s say a man has no regard for gravity. He might disagree with it, might even not believe it actually exists, but his belief (or lack thereof) has no effect on the law of gravity. Let this opinionated man jump from the second story of his house. His disbelief, ignorance, and disregard change nothing except his own fate. The law of gravity is unmoved by his indifference, but that is not the case with our test subject. His life will be forever changed by that one simple law.
So, maybe you’re thinking. Sure those laws exist, but that’s different from telling someone else how they should be living their life.
You shouldn’t jump from a skyscraper without a parachute. I’m telling you that. I’m telling you how you should live, that you should respect the parameters set before you. I’m interfering with your right to believe what you want to by telling you that you are wrong. Gravity does exist, and whether you acknowledge it or not, you will one day understand its effects.
There’s a train coming around the bend. God is real. Eternity is real, and the decisions we make here matter. I believe those things. I’ve experienced the truth of them in my life. They are absolute.
You may not like what I have to say, and you may not believe it. That’s your choice, and I respect that, but gravity is gravity. Your not liking it and ignoring it changes nothing, except perhaps how far you fall.