It seems like conservative Protestants and Catholics are united against the common enemy of relativism. But I’ve been noticing tiny threads of relativism wove in the Protestant theology and I am beginning to wonder if Protestantism isn’t the soil in which the seed of relativism sprouted.
For example: Lutheran belief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist is that Christ is present, spiritually, at the time of receiving. It’s as if the presence of Christ or not depends on the disposition and attitude of the recipient. Christ is present because the recipient believes He is present. That’s relativism is it not?
Or: Protestants believe that all the other Christian denominations are fine. So long as Christ is God and Savior that’s all that matters. All the other “little” stuff just depends on how you think or feel. Sounds like relativism to me.
So then why is it a big suprise to conservative Protestants, who often subscribe to one or both of the above relativistic beliefs, when liberal Christians begin professing that sins can only be a sin if the person committing it thinks so?