Professor John Lennox, a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, once opined that one of the fundamental responsibilities assigned to man by God is the responsibility of naming things.
Interestingly, that is one thing that man has excelled at. Discoveries in the sciences and the arts have largely been man naming things that already existed. (Meanwhile, innovations deal with combinations and or reconfiguration of those things).
**I have previously written about this business of naming things before, so I won’t go into that again. I will however tow a similar line in this post, from the angle of society and societal definitions.**
Society has a very peculiar and somewhat unspoken responsibility in the life of an individual. It plays an important delineating what is acceptable and what is not. It is a reflection of the collective position of a people on certain matters, even if there may be varying views on individual levels.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that society is always right. In fact, it usually is not, since it’s a mere reflection of the collective conscience and not based on anything foundational. This means it changes as the individuals evolve in their dispositions.
Why is this important?
 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.Acts 21:33-34 (KJV)
 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.
Every now and then certain issues come up in our society that stir up emotions, thoughts and perspectives – invariably, some will cry one thing, others will cry another, the result being that we never know the certainty of those issues.
You see, certainty can’t be found in and with the public. Yes, Society will churn out opinions, and others things, but never certainty. If we desire to know the certainty of issues, we must go to our private spaces. We must turn to another source.
Certainty, therefore, is a function of its source; a source that can be assessed by everyone in their personal spaces, one that does not change based on the whims and caprices of societal pressures. A source that transcends time and yet must be relevant to time, in time to all and sundry.
Such a source, ladies and gentlemen, is the inspired Word of God.
 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)
 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
When we investigate this Source, we will find that it meets all requirements and fulfils all demands. On all issues of life, the requisite level of certainty is met by this Source beyond controversy.
All it demands is that we come with open and sincere minds and allow ourselves be guided by the supervising author of Scriptures; the Spirit of Truth.
Our definitions must be outsourced – literally, from a Source without.