Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Can We Live Without God?

Many people consider it absurd to believe in God. The following "creed" of postmodern man demonstrates the absurdity of not believing in the God of the Bible. I love what C.S. Lewis said when he wrote, "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." The Christian worldview alone provides coherence (it makes sense), correspondence (it fits with the real world), practical value (it's livable), explanatory power (it explains the big questions of life), and is based on a reliable authority (Jesus and the inspired Scriptures that are demonstrably documented and authoritative). For more on these epistemological tests and the basis for believing the Bible, see my articles "Testing Truth Claims" and "Has God Spoken?"

What is the alternative that postmodern man provides? Read on...

Creed
by Steve Turner

This is the creed I have written on behalf of all us.

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin
We believe everything is OK as long as you don't hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your 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 OK.
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's something in
horoscopes, UFO's and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man
just like Buddha, Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher
although we think His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same--
at least the one that we read was.
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 the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it's compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What's selected is average.
What's average is normal.
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 is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.

We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.

"Chance" a post-script

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!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.

Steve Turner, (English journalist), "Creed," his satirical poem on the modern mind. Taken from Ravi Zacharias’ book Can Man live Without God? Pages 42-44

I'll throw in one more insight for good measure:

“It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.” G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Audio Lessons on Church History


Exploring Church History

The study of Church History is very important to gaining theological discernment and an appreciation of God's work in the world through His people. Unfortunately, most Christians today have little or no knowledge of the history of Christianity. This poses some grave consequences for the future as we see the blurring of theological accuracy for the sake of a false sense of ecumenical unity and false teaching infiltrating the Christian Church. As George Santayana, a notable philosopher, said, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

You may listen online or download the following lessons, along with accompanying study notes here.

Lesson:

  1. The Apostolic Age
  2. The Apostolic Fathers
  3. Defending the Faith: The Apologists
  4. The Ancient Church and Theology
  5. The Augustinian/Pelagian Controversy
  6. The Medieval Church
  7. The Reformation Church: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin
  8. Reformation Doctrines, the English Reformation, & The Anabaptists
  9. The Catholic Church Responds
  10. The Scientific Revolution and William Tyndale
  11. The Enlightenment, Theological Liberalism, & Modern Missions
  12. Revivalism and the Modern American Church