Everyone who has driven a car has had the experience of approaching an intersection, slowing, glancing both ways, & then choosing to stop or slowly slide through. The sign says "full stop" but... that's only a guide, a warning; it doesn't really mean "full stop".
And stopping is so inconvenient; so time consuming & wasteful of gas & brake linings. It requires going against momentum of a vehicle already in motion, & a set of well practiced attitudes & choices in favor of ease & convenience. So we don't stop. We make truth relative to our own judgment, to our own needs, & our own subjectivity. "It says... but it doesn't really mean..." And then we wonder why the Spirit seems so absent from our lives, We're guilty of this, or offenses like it. We are all, to one degree or another, in one place or another, not coming to a full stop.
As long as it is convenient & serves our interest, truth, like a stop sign, is obeyed. When there is traffic in the intersection we are willing to come to a full stop. But what happens when there seems to be nothing to gain, no apparent benefit from stopping & some obvious benefits to be obtained from coasting through?
What happens when we like Eve in the garden, examine the forbidden fruit before us more closely & determine that it is good for food, beautiful to the eye, & able to make one wise" "God said don't eat... but what He really means is..." We might never simply disregard sin. We may slow down, provide enough appearance of obedience to satisfy ourselves & others, but it is just an appearance. The issue has already been decided. Once truth is made relative to our ends, however base or noble, it ceases to be an end in Truth that is relative to own ends is our servant. Only truth that is loved & obeyed for it's own sake, apart from its apparent utility, is our Lord. -P. Volk