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any theory holding that criteria of judgment are relative, varying with individuals and their environments.
- Dictionary.com Unabridged
A theory, especially in ethics or aesthetics, that conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them.
First, lets address the illusive logical contradiction of this philosophy. The philosophy claims there is no absolute truth, but rather, everyone has their own relative truth. Yet, for a person to say, "There is no absolute truth", you are declaring, "absolutely" that there is no "absolute truth". Which means, you are declaring that there is one absolute truth, namely, that there is no absolute truth. This violates the "Law of Non-Contradiction" of basic logic.
Unfortunately, there are many Christians who espouse Relativism. I am shocked by responses of certain "Christian" people online, who abuse this scripture here, "Judge not, lest ye be judged" - Matthew 7:1-5. According to many Westernized Christians, you have no right to make a judgement on anything. Everyone is equal, every religion is equal, everyone has their own truth and that we should embrace everyone, as Jesus would embrace them. To hear this from people who purport to be Christian, drives me crazy. Take for example this link here. Just read the response that was voted "Best Answer" of all the answers given:
The problem with this "ANSWER" above is that Jesus did not "embrace" other people's theories, doctrines, ways of life, etc, nor did he believe that there was more than one truth. Jesus loved everyone, yet still judged people. For instance, here are just a few quotations from only one of the Gospels:
"12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." - Matthew 12:36
"3:12 Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." - Matthew 3:12
"7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." - Matthew 7:22-23
"10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city." - Matthew 10:14-15
"11:22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." - Matthew 11:22-24
But what about all these Bible verses, where it shows that God is against "judging"? Well, lets look at a few.
"Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. "
"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:"
"if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."
So, does God want you to judge anything? Of course, as it says here, "7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." - John 7:24 This ties into what we read above.
Jesus main problem is when people are: