WHAT IS TRUTH?

It seems that just about everyone blogging or commenting on issues of the day claim to represent truth.  However, their ideas are often diametrically opposed to each other, and we find ourselves living in a fractured society.

The post truth mindset of our time tells us we can all have our own truth.  The result has been confusion and increasing dissension.  So, is there a way to know which convictions are right?

Jesus Christ said that he is the truth.  He told Pilate that everyone on the side of truth listens to him.  Since close to 80 percent of Americans still claim they believe in Jesus, it is astounding how many of us seem to get our “truth” from other sources.

If all truth must be in agreement with Jesus, the only place to get it is the Bible.  But, we must approach it with the knowledge that either all of it is true or all of it can be questioned, and that concept brings us right back to the problem of depending on ourselves for truth.

Depending on one’s self for truth is a deadly snare.  Scripture tells us Satan is a deceiver and appears as an angel of light.  Christians who spend little to no time searching the Scriptures for themselves and letting it form their worldview will most likely find themselves more in agreement with Hollywood and unbelievers than with the Bible.

Jesus also taught that truth and freedom are connected.  That tells us that if the light of truth goes dim in America, freedom will suffer as well.  Those who value freedom must recognize the importance of finding eternal truth, a truth that doesn’t depend on our own understanding.

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Naturalism 101

It is back to school time again, and as a retired teacher, I get a little nostalgic this time of year.  I’m reminded though of how much has changed in the classroom over the last fifty years.  It isn’t so much the curriculum as it is the attitude.  Where there was once a shared culture that included respect and appreciation for teachers and other authorities, that value has been greatly eroded.

The question is, “Should our society be worried about it?”  Many people aren’t concerned, and some even think it’s a good sign. They see it as validating the goal of secularism to teach naturalism and all of its ramifications. Naturalism, or evolution on steroids, says that “Nature is all that is, or was, or ever will be.”  It is a philosophical, perhaps even religious statement (Nature being its God), but it is definitely not a scientific one.

Nevertheless, children will be spoon fed its doctrine in every area of their schooling, even by unwitting teachers.  Naturalism will subtly teach them that all things are relative, there are no moral absolutes, and religion belongs in the category of superstition. The message children will receive is that  they are all just part of purposeless, meaningless matter in motion.  This means that they don’t have a soul or an eternal destiny, so they will just dance to their DNA until they die.  It means that nature is red in tooth and claw and that only the strongest survive.

So, why should anyone be worried about this?  First of all because it is a lie, and lies have bad consequences.  We can see some of those consequences in unrest, disrespect, intolerance, and bigotry throughout the nation.  We see it in corruption in business and government.  We see it in broken families and broken neighborhoods, and this is just scratching the surface.

It is something we should be concerned about if we care about freedom, justice, and peace in our country.

So, what can be done about it? First, naturalism must be critically examined and exposed as the pseudo science it is. We must teach our own children how to think rationally and defend their faith by helping them to understand the difference between a philosophy and real science.  Especially when dealing with the high school and college levels, we should insist on vigorous debate and refuse to allow “the science is settled” argument to shut it out.

Naturalism is firmly entrenched in academia, media, and government, so it will not be defeated easily. Nevertheless, we who care must hope and strive for the day when truth will set us free.

 

WHERE IS AMERICA HEADING IN 2016?

 

In reading and listening to news reports from across the nation, it appears that  America is becoming less civilized every day.  Respect for life, marriage, religious freedom, honesty, morality, responsibility, and so many other traditional values is eroding rapidly. The secularization of America has led to a wholesale loss of our foundational principles.  However, there seem to be fewer and fewer of us who are really concerned about it.

Consequently, “…justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.  Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes prey.” Isaiah 59:14-15

History shows the destinies of many nations before us who followed the same paths.  It is not a place we should want to go.  But how do we find our way back to the blessings America enjoyed for two centuries?

First of all, we must recognize where we’re headed and why.  Then we have to get right individually before we can pray for our nation.  2 Samuel 24:25 tells us “The Lord was moved by prayer for the land.” In 2 Chronicles 14, King Asa said, “The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side.  So they built and prospered.”

An immoral, totally secularized America is in no position to reverse the course of destruction to ourselves.  We’d better hope there are still enough righteous people left to intercede.

May God bless the efforts of Franklin Graham to hold prayer rallies at every state capital in the nation this year.  His schedule of dates is found at DecisionAmericaTour.com.