“Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.” ~ Kasparov
One of the most absurd things I hear often is that ‘truth is relative and there is no right or wrong.” The statement is absurd because it is a judgment of right and wrong. To say something ‘is’ subjective as opposed to objective is to distinguish a right from a wrong. The simple truth is we need objective rules in order to make correct judgments about anything.
Imagine playing chess, or for that fact, any game you wish to choose, imagine playing by the ‘subjective truth’ position. Each player gets to decide at any moment how each piece is to be used…? Would you enjoy the game? Chess is extremely precise and mimics life to a tee. Each piece has its own rules on how it can be moved. Sure, you can choose to move or not move a piece, and yes you have options in which direction you want to move the piece, but the pawn, like the King, can only move one space at a time and the knight must move in a series of 1 lateral and 3 horizontal spaces.
Life is the same way… our environment operates by several precisely designed and objective rules, I.e. Law of Thermodynamics, Law of Gravity; the oxygen content in our atmosphere, the distance earth rotates from the sun. All of these we have discovered and participate in, and since we are not the origin of these rules, we must operate by them, just like we must play by the rules of any game we participate in, because we are not the creator of the game.
Life has a rule book whether we like it or not. The cool and scary thing is we get to choose if we want to live by those rules or try to live by our own subjective standards. The fact that we have this choice or what we call ‘free will’, is an amazing testimony to the perfection of life’s fundamental truths. They can withstand any choice we make and remain unaltered in all time, in all places, for all people, and in all circumstances. All of the frustration, pain, and suffering we know are in result of mankind’s choice to reject the Rule Book, God’s perfect Word.
Why the ‘free will’ choice then if it has the potential to cause such harm? Because Even though it has the potential for such a great a harm as man has yet to know, it has a greater potential for allowing us to participate in a magnificently perfect ‘love.’
Love has no potential without a freely made choice to participate in it. We all know this from experience, we never love anything that we are forced into or determined to experience. Just as Christ displayed His love for God by willingly choosing to obey His Father and willingly participated in His plan of Salvation; when we willing choice to obey His Word and rest in His works, we too display ‘love’ for Him.
The rules are built in by the creator, just like the rule book of any game you play. How much you will be content and enjoy participating in life will depend on how your choices ‘line up’ with the objective rules.
But there is even more at stake here than just how you live now, our choice to obey and therefore Love God, or to willfully reject His Word will determine our position in the next chapter called eternity. We will either, by love and grace reside in the light of God’s presence… Or, we will forever live in the darkness of our own willfulness.
There is a right and wrong and every choice you make reveals it, both in this life and the one to come.
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”(Revelation 20:11-12, 14-15)
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church. He is the author of two devotional books, “From a Chair by the Window.” And “#PrayerWinsThe Day”.