Everyone wants to figure out this whole life thing…its meaning, our purpose, right and wrong. Our culture right now is deeply pluralistic. Which means there’s a lot of opinions out there, and all of them fall under the umbrella of “truth.” The pluralist ideal is that if you’re not harming someone else then whatever you believe is good. With this philosophy, everything is relative. Pluralism can keep a cultural status quo, but truthfully it confronts the Gospel and the claims of Christ.
This verse warns us of trusting in human tradition and principles above Christ. Most people in our culture would say that Jesus was a great example of living a moral life with wise teachings. His life becomes a good teacher who presents a good path to follow. However, Paul writes that “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” This truth changes everything. Think about it. The FULLNESS OF GOD in Christ. He cannot just be a teacher or simply a moral leader. Relative truth and pluralism cannot exist alongside this truth of Christ.
Jesus says he is the way, the TRUTH, and the life. While our culture might say that all things are true if they’re true to you, Jesus says He is the embodiment of truth. This might create some resistance with people, but it’s truth worth standing upon. I think often about my friends who have a very pluralistic point of view. The thing I want most for them is to have an encounter with God. They have every right to believe what they choose to believe, but I know the God of all truth longs for relationship with them.
If you have friends or family like this, I encourage you to pray for them regularly. Ask God to reveal himself to them. I have seen Him transform people’s lives in response to prayer, and I know He desires the same in their lives.