One of the curious characteristics of our age is an absence of any accepted yardstick against which to measure what people choose to believe. This is especially true of religious or spiritual beliefs. Having cut ourselves free from belief in the Bible as an authoritative source of spiritual truth, we seem willing to flirt with almost any titillating hypothesis from a smorgasbord of prepackaged opinion and accept it as truth. It begs a question: Have we neglected or lost those critical faculties that enable a proper discernment of truth from error—of fact from fiction?
The apostle Paul seemed to have been prophesying about our own New Age of casual, noncommittal, religious sloppiness—as perfectly illustrated by the concepts posited by the opinionated characters in The Da Vinci Code—when he warned the evangelist Timothy: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3–4). Is it not high time to reverse this defining characteristic of our postmodern age: that truth is relative and personalized and can be whatever you want it to be? But not everything we might want to believe is actually truth. The Bible says it defines truth (John 17:17). Should we not be concerned to discover its remarkable message and what it really teaches, rather than lightly dismissing it as the work of mere men?