Friday, February 05, 2016

In The Marketplace of Ideas

I have a creative assignment for you. Can you articulate what you believe in light of the opposition?

I borrowed the creed below from Ravi Zacharius. It illustrates the absurdity of the secularistic and relativistic mindset of our current culture.

I encourage you to read it and write a rebuttal from a Christian world-view.

Who can show the difference?

Modern Thinker's Creed
Steve Turner, English journalist

Here is the creed for the modern thinker. We believe in Marx, Freud and Darwin. We believe everything is okay, as long as you don’t hurt anyone to the best of your definition of hurt and to your best definition of knowledge. We believe in sex before, during and after marriage. We believe in the therapy of sin. We believe that adultery is fun. We believe that sodomy is okay. We believe that taboos are taboo. We believe that everything is getting better despite evidence to the contrary. The evidence must be investigated and you can prove anything with evidence. We believe there is something in horoscopes, UFO’s, and bent spoons. Jesus was a good man just like Buddha, Mohammad and ourselves. He was a good moral teacher, although we think basically his good morals were really bad. We believe that all religions are the basically the same, at least the ones we read were. They all believe in love and goodness. They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation. We believe that after death comes nothing because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing. If death is not the end, and if the dead have lied, then it’s compulsively heaven for all except perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Chingis Khan. We believe in Masters and Johnson. What is selected is average, what’s average is normal, and what’s normal is good. We believe in total disarmament. We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed. Americans should beat their guns into tractors and the Russians would be sure to follow. We believe that man is essentially good-it’s only his behavior that lets him down. This is the fault of society; society’s the fault of condition; and conditions are the fault of society. We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him and reality will adapt accordingly; the universe will readjust and history will alter. We believe that there is no absolute truth, except the truth that there is no absolute truth. We believe in the rejection of creeds and the flowering of individual thought.

If Chance be the Father of all flesh, disaster is His rainbow in the sky. And when you hear: “State of Emergency,” “Sniper Kills Ten,” “Troops on Rampage,” “Youths go Looting,” “Bomb Blasts School,” it is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.

This was my best attempt.... what do you think? 

Here is the creed for the Bible believing, Christ yielding, Christian. We believe in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- the Triune God of the Bible- proving love, unity, and relationship existed before creation. We believe God determines what is OK- He made us and He knows how we should operate. We believe that sin is more destructive than we could ever imagine, it is not a toy, it is the worst form of cancer and infects the heart of all men and women. 

Though this is a fallen world, we believe that everything is going to be renewed after all sin and rebellion is destroyed. We believe there is good evidence, not proof, and all men live by faith. Jesus was not just good man and that Buddha, Mohammad taught a different path to salvation. They all cannot be right. We believe that all religions are not the same. All other faiths require good works, but Jesus gives grace. We believe that after death comes an eternal life in one of two destinations. If death is only the end, then let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die. But there is a resurrection, so we live by trust in Christ, who also was resurrected from the dead. 

We are tired of this worldly culture where sin seems normal and righteousness seems strange. We believe there is a time for war and a time for peace. The nations rage because of sin, a rebellion against God. We believe that man is born morally bankrupt and is incapable of living a life that measures up to God’s standard of holiness.. Our only hope is to repent of our sin and believe in Christ, His atoning death that covers our sin. 

We believe that this is absolute truth, and that our sense of ‘oughtness’ comes from God. We believe that there is a lot to learn from Christian creeds of the past, but all of man’s thoughts are subservient to the WORD of God.

Man is made in the image of the Sovereign LORD of the universe . And when you hear: “State of Emergency,” “Sniper Kills Ten,” “Troops on Rampage,” “Youths go Looting,” “Bomb Blasts School,” it is a call to carry this good news of salvation in Christ and love the world through acts of mercy. There will be a day, when the Lord will say, no more delay… and a new heaven and earth will wipe all of this away.

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