The most dangerous lie is the one that’s almost true. Nobody knows this better than Satan, “the father of lies” (John 8:44). It’s why his lies often hinge on subtlety. He’s been known to twist, manipulate, and even speculate on the truth (cf. Job 1:9–10; Matthew 4:3, 6).
Satan’s ministry of lies began with his first appearance in the garden. He probably knew that blatant and outrageous falsehood wouldn’t work with Eve—she enjoyed an intimate relationship with God. Instead he subtly questioned the truthfulness and trustworthiness of God’s words: “Indeed, has God said . . . ?” (Genesis 3:1).
You could argue that Satan’s question marked the true beginning of postmodern philosophy—sabotaging truth by promoting uncertainty. And the church is still under the same attack today. Everything God has spoken in His Word is now subject to conjecture. Prominent postmodern voices now question every established doctrinal truth.
But we needn’t cower or capitulate to their arguments. We can follow the example of Christ and speak with the same conviction that He did. In the following video clip—taken from a sermon called “Jesus Appears Before Pilate, Part 1”—John MacArthur recounts Christ’s encounter with a first-century postmodern thinker called Pontius Pilate:
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We can answer all the questions that matter in this fallen dying world with full confidence. We have the truth—God’s truth—and it is our responsibility to contend for it.
The stakes are eternal in the war for God’s truth. With that in mind, we’d like to hear about some of your encounters with postmodern denials of absolute truth. How do you respond? And how do you witness to your postmodern friends?