Antithetical Worldviews to Avoid
Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."
We must get involved and not just stand by and watch evil florish.
The antithesis between followers of God and followers of Satan is sovereignly inflicted as God's judicial curse. This enmity is not only social but also intellectual in nature, and, therefore, to ignore it in our apologetic is to compromise the Gospel.
We each face choices every day. I'm not perfect and neither are you. But those that try to make moral decisions are making the right decision.
Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way that appears to be right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death."
Why have morality and freedoms crumbled in our society? There is little serious debate that morals have not crumbled either. The answer is multi-facility and I will attempt to broach the most compelling one for a Christian.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as LORD. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
In the Greek "defend" or "give an answer" is a command by Peter to every Christian who must be ready to give an instant answer for the hope each has in what the Lord Jesus Christ has done in their life.
The more you tell others about your faith the easier it will be to defend your faith. Learn from your mistakes, we all make them. Please read the following with an attitude of learning more about the problem you face and use it to help you defend your faith.
Paul told Timothy, "I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1.12
There are fundamentally only two worldviews from which all other views originate. When we say worldview we are saying "a fundamental overall way people think and view the world and life as a whole."
We each are guilty of myopic vision and "preconceived notions" where we observe things in bits and pieces instead of their totality. This can be a mixture of what we were taught by parents and educators, and what we have been exposed to in our own life.
It should be easy for the body of Jesus Christ to see the extreme sins of permissiveness, pornography - printed and on the internet, the decline of results in public schools, the breakdown of families, and abortion that fills our land.
But with a pessimistic reaction, many Christians stand by idly and may even participate in the ills of the world. It should never be. We Christians are not of this world but are in the world for a purpose. We are to be the light of the world.
If we took it seriously even on a local level we would be banding together to fight the results of Satan's work right before our eyes. I believe we see our world in part instead of seeing events as a much larger and more critical problem because of shortsightedness.
Dr. Chuck Missler states, "Jesus, not His enemies set the time of His execution.This was a destiny established before the foundation of the world." The problem we each face stems from a failure to understand the facts in our society as a whole. There has been a shift in the average individuals' worldview.
Recall, I am using the term worldview "as a fundamental change in the overall way people think and view the world and life as a whole." Paul, the Apostle, said "Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of the age? Has not God make the world's wisdom foolish?" (1 Corinthians 1.20)
There has been a change away from a worldview that was ambiguously Christian where many viewed the world around them in a somewhat Biblical view, even if they were not individually Christian as of yet.
The transition to a worldview away from a Godly one was slow and subtle to a worldview based on an idea that the ultimate reality is an impersonal matter or energy formed by mere chance.
Christians must realize these two worldviews are in total antithesis (exact opposite) to each other in both substance and natural results. This shift away from a Godly worldview involves in part:
- The Entertainment conglomerate,
- Down the street,
- and the Courts adjudicating the very laws of the land.
Note: One only has to look at the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. Decisions on school prayer, abortion, and the redefining of marriage all within the last fifty years.
So one can easily see there is a difference in how the nature of reality stands versus just fifty years ago.The two worldviews inevitably produce two entirely different outcomes.
The results were not by accident but from a spirit antithetical to a loving and caring God. Christians have been slow to understand or may have had their heads stuck in the sand like an ostrich.
God would have His people to have their hearts and minds renewed so they can discern right from wrong and good from evil. (re. Romans 12.2) Christians are not to be involved in advocating anything evil.
Without Godly heart and mind renewed how can those without a Godly mind and heart discern the truth of Jesus Christ? (re. Ephesians 4.21-22) The answer, they can't.
Paul makes the following reference to a Christian's heart and mind when he says, "For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4.12)
Christianity and spirituality have been strangely tranquil in the last fifty years, shut up in a box of court decisions away from how our reality has changed. Some go to church Sundays and leave their spirituality behind when the service ends. That is not a true Christian.
Does this result from an inadequate view of what Christianity is? I suspect so. Being a Christian and having the indwelling Holy Spirit is a full-time transforming walk that encompasses everything we do twenty-four hours a day walk, seven days a week.
His light should not be restricted to a city, county, state, or nation. Christianity covers the world in light. It covers all aspects of life equally. That means that all points of the spectrum covering reality are all Spiritual.
So when we use the terminology, Christian, does everyone know what we're saying? Does it mean that Christians believe in the virgin birth, the truth of creation, Jesus Christ’s miracles and substitutionary death, and His coming again in the Rapture and Avent? Sure it does.
However, there are many other truths beyond these that require the Lordship of Jesus Christ. When I state Christianity is an absolute reality I mean Christianity is the truth about all reality.
The Judeo-Chrisitan reality covers all aspects of social, educational, legislative and legal outcomes. Now let’s step back and review the other side of those that hold the chance materialistic view of reality.
It is called the Humanist religion defined as such by the US Supreme Court. The Humanist Manifesto III is currently in effect for those that adhere to this religion. From the Humanist Manifesto I of 1933, on page 8, it says:
"Religious Humanist regard the universe as self-existing and not created by a loving God. Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values."(BYU, Humanist Manifesto I)
Many former professed Christians are part of this group. This statement is debatable on purely scientific evidence of current scientific knowledge which states there are far too many constants for mere chance, if changed only by a single percentage point, the earth would not exist.
This decoded means that it could not have happened by mere chance. I will not bore you with the numbers, but suffice to say it is astronomically impossible (to the 200th zero).
DNA/RNA with information within for humans, animals, and agriculturally demands an author as any written document does. Just consider the Code of Blood alone and the origin of life as "a cosmic accident" is utterly impossible.
Chuck Missler states, "The famed double Helix DNA typically includes three billion rungs of a digital, error-correcting code. An effective digital code demands careful, skillful design."
Those that hold the Humanist religious view saw the complete and total difference between the opposite positions much more quickly than the average Christian comprehended.
Julian and Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw and many others who have passed on to eternity understood long ago the two concepts of reality were not just isolated and distinct differences but were one set of values against the other.
Liberal theology sincerely believed they could mix the two worldviews. However, the two dominant worldviews are antithetical entities that cannot be mixed. Mixing the two started soon after the Enlightenment Period by synthesizing these two worldviews that continue right up to today.
It seems when the rubber meets the road liberal theology always comes down on the side of a secular humanist. Liberal theology does this because liberalism is humanism articulated in theological terms, philosophical or otherwise.
There are even Christians who support the abortion view in the name of rationality. There are many other examples of the attempt to mix the two, the Light and the darkness.
One, the late Charles Hartshorne, in the Christian Century, January 21, 1981, featured article was “Concerning Abortion, an Attempt at a Rational View.” He compares the human fetus which is alive as the same as mosquitoes and bacteria also being alive.
Hartshorne assumes that human life is not unique and not valuable. Taking this one step further Hartshorne states, “Does this distinction apply to the killing of a hopelessly sick person or one in a permanent coma?" How does Hartshorne's Christian view differ from an atheist? It does not.
The combining of atheism and Christianity cannot mix. Is this not obvious? I would hope so.
If you see sin do not talk, just act!
Is it time to do something rather than just talk about it?
There are only two World Views
1) Everything is the result of some cosmic accident, OR,
2) We are the result of deliberate design by a most generous Designer
Paul continues by says, "God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength." (1st Corinthians 1.25)
Morality and Christian freedoms have crumbled in our society. The moral decay pervades the land with corruption existing everywhere. From homes down the street, the local school, to the highest levels of government people fail to exhibit even the most elementary ethical conduct.
The entertainment industry openly flaunts everything evil that is both contrary to morality and our Judeo-Christian heritage and values which God has established for our personal welfare.
Let me state upfront that I realize that since time began there has been an unseen war going on between God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit, and a fallen angel named Lucifer. However, this article attempts to trace how this unseen war played out in people who shaped the world we live within and the lines of battle in our day.
Please read the entire article and take the time to give me your comments based on the sheer material. Thank you and God's blessings.
Judges openly ignore the law and engage in social engineering, called legislation by adjudication, freedom never intended for the Judicial branch of government. The President and lawmakers spend more money than produced through taxes recklessly year after year throwing the country further into financial oblivion.
Leftist and atheist educators have taught godlessness without regard to the consequences. There must begin a massive movement in government, law, education and all other aspects of life re-establishing the Judeo-Christian foundation intended by the U.S. Constitution.
The United States will again be permitted by God to gain prominence in the world that abhors us. What I am proposing is a call for every Christian to change the course of history by a return to the truth of the Word of God lived out in love whatever you do.
It must start with each of us allowing Jesus Christ to be both Lord and Savior in our lives. His Lordship should be resonant with anyone who calls themselves Christian. Our God is bigger than the problems occurring in our lives.
It was Peter and John standing before the Sanhedrin, the oppressive and authoritarian civil and church power of their day, who made a statement we each must be willing to make ourselves.
Peter said, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (NKJV Acts 4.19) Are you willing to do the same? It comes down to who is in control, is it the illusion we live within or is it God who is in control? Just because it is legal by human law does not make it legal with God.
Recently and regrettably, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage on the 26th day of June 2015. The United States had stepped over the line long ago, and this decision abridges not only the U.S. Constitution but also and more importantly the Word of God. It is time for Christians to stand together and scream the name of God, His Son and our King, Jesus Christ. We are not going to take it anymore. Lethargy is not what a Christian should be experiencing.
Notwithstanding the importance of the ever-evolving underpinnings of secular Humanist beliefs, you will find the atheistic worldview in and of itself has had a frightening effect on the moral and ethical values of our culture, leaving America awash in cultural and ethical relativism. (see Beckwith and Koukl, Relativism, Feet Firmly Planted)
Instead of right or wrong, everything and situation is relative. That is the world the Christian of submission to Jesus Christ finds themselves within.
The Supreme Court created the Humanist Religion
The Humanist Religion
Their view of the world stated above in this article is clearly defined. Carl Sagan said the same previously when he opened the long-running show Cosmos, “The cosmos is all that is or ever will be.”
In any battle the, front lines are the place to fight, and this is surely the same in our culture. This fight is for what is the "truth". For example, who created the earth and all that is in it. They say it all happened by mere chance while we say it was all created by God.
All three versions of the Humanist Manifesto as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court contain atheistic dogma. Those that participate under the Manifesto are not humanist. Jesus Christ was a real humanist who really cared about His fellow mankind He created.
Torcaso vs. Watkins in 1961 marks a dividing line that now includes theistic religions, and other nontheistic religions. Purely materialistic humanism is a religion equally equated to any other.
In 1965 in the United States versus Seeger, the US Supreme Court upheld the test of faith belief is “a sincere and meaningful belief that occupies in the life of its possessor a place parallel to that filled by God of those admittedly qualifying for the exemption.”
We live in a republic born out of the Judeo-Christian ethic. However, our children are forced feed humanism, or a godless society, by schools and universities all over the United States.
Christians are going to have to use their constitutionally guaranteed rights to protest this as long as we still have the right. Our culture, society in general, the government, and the law are in the condition they are because of an organized effort by those that practice godlessness devoid of Christian principles.
We are in the shape we are in because the Church has forsaken its God-given duty and privilege as the salt of the earth. Public television and radio have in the past on taxpayer monies promoted a godless and atheistic point of view while staunchly refusing to air the opposite view against humanism, the loss of school prayer, and legalization of abortion as a form of birth control, etc.
Commercial television is highly creative in painting religion in a negative light while promoting the humanist religion without God in a most positive light. Charles Peters once said, “The media, instead of exposing the “make believe” of the federal government, are “part of the show."
The late and respected Walter Cronkite once quipped, “The solution is to limit somehow television’s power to use its bias in the “the editorial” reporting of events, and most specifically to keep it from shaping the political process.” (Schaeffer p. 239)
Christians must be especially careful and use discretion of what one reads, and what you view on television. Christians must learn to draw a definitive line between the two antithetical worldviews and avoid the godless Humanistic worldview entirely.
This separation is the only way to reestablish the Judeo-Christian ethic in the United States. Whether you are an evangelical Christian or mainline the Lordship of Jesus Christ across the spectrum of life is a must not an option.
Spirituality shut up until Sunday morning and or evening is not spreading Christ across the spectrum of life. You are the light in your home, family, neighborhood, city, school, university, government, and the world.
We need to form a brand new Moral Majority, or whatever it is called, and let this country know we stand for Jesus Christ, the Judeo-Christian ethic, and expect laws and processes that reflect this philosophy that was the cement of the original Constitution.
It will be for the upward mobile crowd all the way down to those who can do nothing but vote. The upwardly mobile needs to march on local, state and federal affairs letting them know we are a growing force to be reckoned who represent a King, Jesus Christ. I would like to see Christians of all backgrounds and professions who are born-again Christians of all denominations to join forces.
You have to ask yourself why we have not done this before today and let things go this far? We need “an old-fashioned revival” to occur all over this country. The revival will feature the Lordship of Jesus Christ, personal salvation for believers and non-believers. But it will also be a call for Christians everywhere to become involved in social reform and action.
Christian schools and universities need to get off their proverbial backends and teach social change and action. Men like Jonathan Blanchard (1811-1892), and Charles Finney (1792-1875) both trained and became involved in changing the social fabric of their time. Anyone who has read Finney’s "Systematic Theology" becomes struck by his involvement in seeing the country return to its Judeo-Christian roots. He said,
“I propose to make several remarks respecting forms of government, the right, and duty of revolution. There can scarcely be conceived a more abominable and friend is maxim than ‘our country right or wrong.' Arbitrary legislation can never be really obligatory.” (Finney pgs. 157, 162)
Evangelical leadership seems to have forgotten its roots. There needs to be an organized on-going effort against abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and erosion and eradication of dignity and worth of all human beings.
The worst thing that can happen is silence, which amounts to nothing.
No task is bigger than the God we serve, and He, at a minimum, is looking for someone or anyone who agrees and will do His will. God is the creator of the whole man, the entire universe, and all reality and existence. He wants unity between the body and the soul, the real world we all share. The real world and the Spiritual world. God is the Great I AM to we who believe. Let us start acting like it.
Sproull, R.C., "Concerning Abortion, an Attempt at a Rational View." Christian Century 21 Jan. 1981: 42-45. Print.
MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Study Bible: New King James Version. Nashville: Word Bibles, 1997. Print.
New King James Version, The Scofield Study Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print.
Noebel, David A. Understanding the times. 2nd Abridged and Rev. ed. Manitou Springs, CO: Summit, 2006. Print.
Schaeffer, Francis A. How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. Old Tappan, N.J.: F.H. Revell, 1976. Print.
"The Humanist Manifesto I." Brigham Young University - Dr. Robert L. Marrott. Brigham Young University, 1933. Web. 18 Aug. 2015.
Final Thoughts on the ill titled Humanist worldview
You find the dandiest quotes in the strangest books. Such is the case of Russian novelist Alexandar Solzhenitsyn who points to the danger and weakness of the humanistic agenda for humanity. He states:
"There is a danger which has already been underway for quite some time. I am referring to the calamity of a despiritualized and irreligious humanistic consciousness. If humanism were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature." (Solzhenitsyn p. 310)
In spite of the wisdom of Solzhenitsyn, Humanism proceeds unabated with their agenda through the education system, government and their laws, and even the church. We must understand that what they offer is essentially their own religious alternative to the Christian faith.
Its central core belief being the Humanist worldview ignores and abhors the reality of God. As born-again Christian, we can ill-afford to stand by and do nothing. The Atheist religious beliefs have infected ever institutional stronghold in America.
The government, Socialism, Religion, and Education are all strongholds of Humanism and public conscience. Make no doubt about it. Jesus Christ stood right in the face of the religious humanism of His time and did not adhere to their rules.
Just as insidious as the Humanist are, equally a powerful worldview is Islam. Serge Trifkovic says, "Islam is not only a religious doctrine it is also a self-contained world outlook, and a way of life that claims the primary allegiance of all those calling themselves Muslim."
He continues, "A Muslim is first and foremost the citizen of Islam, and belongs morally, spiritually, and in principle totally to the world of belief of which Mohammad is the Prophet, and Mecca is the capital." (Trifovic, p. 7)
I believe that Islam may be the religion of the Anti-Christ. In another post, I will contrast the Islamic worldvIslamiew against Christianity. I think you will find the differences provocative, Until then, God's blessings and I hope you learn from these articles. They are written to provoke thought and your own research on the topics.
Francis Shaeffer's Christian Manifesto - You must listen to this.
Is it time to do something instead of just sitting on our preverbial duffs?
There comes a time to do something about the way things are or just shut up and let the liberals and atheist take over the media, schools, universities, the government, and the church. The American Revelution is an example. Please read the article and consider what your part in the process will be. God's people have been silent far too long.
Two world views
Are you will to get involved to change things?
© 2015 Gary E Hill