There is a kind of intellectualism that asserts there is no final Truth that can be eternally enjoyed, but that the search for truth IS the truth to be enjoyed. This is, of course, a self-defeating statement, but when you’re talking about relativism or any other “-ism” that argues against the existence of any absolute morality, they fail to see that to make such a statement is to appeal to some sort of absolutely morality.
Indeed, some might argue that belief in an absolute standard of right and wrong is childish.
Have such people ever spent time with a 3 year-old?
- Why is that man’s skin darker than mine? (answer involving melanin, genetics, culture, etc.).
- What’s that big red spot on that kid’s face? (answer explaining port wine stains, blood vessels, and candela lasers)
- What’s that man doing in his yard? (answer involving lawn mowers, weed-eaters, power-blowers, and HOA regulations)
No child is satisfied with the answer, “I don’t know.” They know there MUST BE AN ANSWER to why things are the way they are. They inherently know that there must be something ultimately and finally true about whatever it is they are observing. And they don’t revel in an answer that says nothing is finally true. They HATE IT when we even remotely imply there are no final answers to their questions.
In other words, there are no relativistic children. There are no children who find it settling to never have answers.
No: children seek answers to their questions because they know that those answers will bring them joy and satisfaction. They REVEL in explanations! They REJOICE when we can confidently bring resolution to their dilemmas.
Perhaps this is what Jesus was referring to in Luke 18:16-17. ““Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Maybe Jesus is referring to humility (a tie back to verses 1-4 in the Matthew account of this story); maybe he’s talking about a doubtless faith. The text isn’t explicit, so I’ve got a little liberty to suggest maybe Jesus is pointing out that adults tend to be quite cynical and/or prideful, even to the point of challenging the existence of an absolute moral authority (which is to make oneself a moral authority). This cynicism and pride makes it extremely difficult to come to him like a child … knowing that He is the answer to all their questions.
So we need to be like children … with the humility to know we can never have all the answers. With the humility to know that it’s self-defeating to say, “The answer is that there are no final answers.” With the humility to say, “Jesus is the answer.”