For over 1400 years, the Christian church, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, was the dominant worldview particularly in the Western world. Eastern religions and philosophies span an even greater period of time primarily in Asia and the East. When naturalism, and ultimately secular humanism began to gain strength in the mid-18th century, it at least agreed with the premise of Christianity that “truth” can be known by examining evidence and employing reasoning and laws of logic (such as the law of non-contradiction), to arrive at truth. Christians and naturalists/humanists may have had a significantly different basis for their “truth”, they at least agreed there was such a thing.
Even Pontius Pilate asked Jesus in John 18:38John 18:38
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38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no basis for a charge against him.
WP-Bible plugin: “What is truth?” Obviously, man’s desire to know and understand truth transcends human history. In the modern era, the secularists and Christians knew that truth could be found in and absolute and objective manner and apart from people’s personal beliefs. Just because someone believes something is true, or not true, doesn’t make it so. One need only step off the roof of a tall building with absolute conviction that the law of gravity does not exist, but regardless of the person’s belief, the truth that there is gravity will always overcome and result in a painful conclusion for the unbeliever of that law.
In today’s society, modernism has “evolved” to something way beyond the naturalist, secular humanist of the modern era of the past. We now live in an age of “post-modernism” which espouses and embraces cultural diversity and the plurality of religions. The problem of Plurality will be expanded on in more detail later. The post-modern philosophy does not believe in “absolute truth” (I wonder if they are “absolutely” sure?). The reason there can be no absolutes is their believe that truth and morality are “relative”. It is subjective in nature, rather than an objective conclusion, and that man isn’t capable of reasoning to a degree of “absolute”. Even many Christians, and Christian churches, have fallen prey to this belief and have attempted to integrate it into their Christian worldview. Thus, we see the compromising Christian church, or as Jesus put it in Revelation 3, the “lukewarm” church to which He finds it thoroughly disgusting.
Some Christian churches reject all or parts of the Bible as no longer “relevant” in today’s society. That may be true, but it isn’t the Bible that lost its significance, but the church because it has adopted parts of a worldview that is not “relevant” to God’s absolute moral law!
What is greatly needed in our Christian churches today is teaching and training on how to defend our own faith in the war we fight for human minds and souls. Peter told us: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” (The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Peter 3:151 Peter 3:15
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15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear:
WP-Bible plugin–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.)
If we, as Bible-believing Christians, do not take a very proactive approach to helping non-believers see and understand these differences and the eternal consequences of their decision, we will lose the battle just as we have been doing since 1859 when Charles Darwin released his book on his theory of evolution: “Origin of the Species”. Since that time, naturalism, secularism and post-modernism have hijacked the truth of God to where even a large percentage of Christians believe in evolution instead of the Biblical creation.