Today, more than ever, Christianity is under attack. Persecution in the Far East is worse than it has ever been, even if we don’t hear about it or refuse to acknowledge it. We like to believe that Christianity is a safe religion. That Christ has won the battle and now we patiently wait his return simply because He hasn’t finished building our mansions yet. So what is the deal here? Are we here for a specific reason, or are we just waiting on the angelic plumbers to set up our water? Once again, whether or not you want to know the answer, I’m going to give it to you.
So, as I talked about in a previous post, when Christ ascended, he commissioned the Apostles (and us) to spread the gospel and to disciple. So, that’s our purpose here. Now the question is “how?”. We live in a very plush, comfortable area of Christianity. Here in America, there is no “physical persecution” for the most part. We just don’t have to confront that. Yet, we do deal with a more modern form of persecution. I don’t know the official term for it, so I’m just going to call it “Philosophical Persecution”. We live in a time where Philosophy, is taking a very dominant role society, just like in Ancient Greece in the time of Plato and Aristotle, etc. The only difference is that, frankly, the people who call themselves “Philosophers” these days are plain stupid.I mean, have you heard the things these people are saying? Let me give you a few and shoot them down.
Example 1: “There is no such thing as a universal reality.”
OK, this one is honestly very simple to reason out. You can say there is no reality all you want, but when it comes down to it there is a universal law. Lets take gravity for example. If you are on top of a three-story building and walk off the edge, five out of five times you are going to fall to the earth and, most likely, break your legs also displaying the reality of pain. No one would deny that. So, you can’t agree with that principle and deny an ultimate reality. Gravity and pain can’t be pushed to the category of “social laws”. That’s a relatively easy one.
Example 2: “All religions lead to God.”
A little more tricky, but there is a very easy argument to make here. The Philosophy here is that, if someone serves their god with the same fervency and righteousness that God demands, that their service to their pagan god will be counted as service to Christ. Even C.S Lewis in his book The Last Battle, seems to support the idea that there could be more than one way to God. What?! The great C.S. Lewis?! Yes, but remember, just because Lewis was an excellent Theologian and Philosopher, does not make him infallible. Now it is nice to believe that all people can get to Heaven as long as they are fervent in their religion and mostly righteous. But there are a few small problems here. One being Romans 3:10. “As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one'”. So, you can’t believe in man’s helplessness, God’s ultimate grace, and “All religions lead to God”, at the same time. It just doesn’t equal up. Also the biggest problem here is that Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So, that argument is shot to pieces. And since most people who stand by this ridiculous mindset would say they believe in the Bible, this will very much throw a monkey wrench in their argument.
Example 3: “You can believe, but you can’t know that God exists.”
So, last and definitely the most difficult, this mindset feeds off of the mentality that you must see or experience something to know something. People who cling to this philosophy are usually in the crowd that say things like, “Your belief is fine for you, but don’t push it on me” or “Religion is religion and life is life”. When we, as Christians, have finally reached the point where, I personally believe, almost all healthy Christians should reach, and truly ask “Why do we believe the Bible?”, what answers to do we have to arrive at? There is nothing wrong with this question. Don’t be afraid to reach a point where you are truly examining the Bible for truth. It’s at these times when God shows us His truth through His word. This is what separates Christianity from all other religions and beliefs this world has fashioned. Unlike the rest, when we examine the Bible for truth, we actually find it! The Bible is truth. This is the critical crossroads of going from more than just a “faith in God” and into a growing knowledge of God and His promises. We can see the truth and reality of God all around us. We can take the Bible and hold it up to our world and find truth. Even though it is never admitted by teachers in public schools, the “Theory of Evolution” is now basically a generally discredited philosophy. No self-respecting scientist now would stand in front of a group of intelligent people and say he supports evolution. It’s now regarded as just plain ridiculous. So, how do we know the Bible is true? We can see God working in the world. We can see His work in the hearts of His children. That is the true test. No other religion in the world brings about a truly reformed person. Christianity revives the person from the inside. Catholicism does no more than create a grand outer display on a person. Muslims say that Allah is a god of peace, while it’s followers strap bombs to themselves and blow up buses. From Buddhism to Hinduism, none of these religions actually reform a person. They just invoke a series of personal habits and standards. Through the Bible, there is personal revival and reformation. That is how we know the Bible is true and that God exists. Because of His work in us.
Hopefully, now you feel a little more prepared to defend you faith. Like I said, there is ultimate reality, and God is the ultimate truth. It is there and real. All we have to do is to study and to seek to find that truth. The good news is that God reveals it to us! He will not put us into temptation that we are not equipped to handle.