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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Will Postmondernism Destroy Us?

                                 Will Postmodernism Destroy Us?  
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Biblical Christianity, modernism, and postmodernism have serious consequences that will decide the fate of the world in which we will find ourselves. I don't claim to be an expert on anything. I read books, think, and pray asking the wise Lord for guidance to give clear, accurate, helpful information. I will first explain these three worldviews and then postmodernism in relation to biblical Christianity.
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Christians believing the Bible as God's inspired Word have confidence in a rational world since a rational God created it and made us in His mental, moral, and immortal image to understand it and have relationship with Him. We are to be His stewards taking good care of His world and developing it for our good. Under God, people are to show respect for God and all His creations. There is no superstitious, hocus pocus, or magic that makes the world unintelligible. But man chooses to disobey His Maker with decisions and desires opposed to God. In love, God sent His prophets, and finally His Son to tell us to trust Him and His way as best for us, or regretfully pay the consequences both now and hereafter.
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Modernists, also known as secularists, materialists, naturalists, have adopted certain beliefs radically different from Bible believing Christians. They contend that there is no personal ethical God, only nature; man is its pinnacle and is basically good. And since there are no divine revelations and miracles there is no religious authority. But we can acquire objective knowledge through human reason and scientific testing of hypotheses. We can progress in knowledge and build a good world and come to live together in peace and prosperity. God, divine revelations, miracles, angels, and an afterlife is just an imaginative dream or ideal, but we must face the real world.
Postmodernists have taken the modernist beliefs a step further. Evolution is supreme so everything is in flux and we can have no absolute, universal or objective truth or moral standards. Each person must decide his or her own beliefs and language is ambigious. We can't know the changing world but knowledge is not so important. We are culturally conditioned--so we must be tolerant. There may be mystery even magic and science is not always right. It's the journey, relationships, diversity, tolerance, and experiences that are important, not an all inclusive philosophy or even progress and truth.
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Where Will Postmodernism Lead Us?
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Postmodernists claim a Godlike knowledge that no God exists. But how do they know? Have they looked over every hill, around every curve, behind the moon and planets? Do those who affirm this even know what's taking place in the next room or outside their office or school? The Bible's God is an  all-knowing eternal spirit that exists everywhere and manifests Himself only when He wills. Could this postmodern claim be bias arrogance?
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They are certain no absolute truth exists. Something seems amiss here. Aren't they saying the only truth is that there's no truth? But if there's no truth, how is it even possible to know that? And who can live on that assumption? We know people make mistakes, but we believe doctors, lawyers, police, food labels, and direction signs generally are true? Don't professors who make such statements expect us to believe their teachings true and grade us accordingly? Did we pay our money for them to tell us a bunch of lies? Of course, what they really believe is that the Bible's God and moral Lawgiver is a myth so evolutionary flux discredits absolute eternal truth?
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I want proof to believe it. Show me proof this dependent running down universe created itself from nothing. Show me proof mindless molecules can arrange themselves into men. Show me proof the Bible's God doesn't exist. I don't accept unwarranted assumptions--I want facts. I don't believe I'm just a more fit evolved animal destined for extinction. My dignity and destiny are at stake here.
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Postmodernists judge people hypocrites who judge other people's beliefs and behaviors. If there's no absolute truth, then anything goes. One person's opinion is as good as another's. This destroys moral standards. It puts each person's ideas and preference above criticism--thus deception, adultery, homosexuality, theft, rape, murder, sex slavery, sex with animals all become acceptable. Would they do away with law, judges, jails? Don't postmodernist judgments show the very hypocracy of which they accuse others?
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They even quote the Bible claiming Jesus said not to judge people's actions."Judge not, that you be not judged." They conveniently ignore the context that Jesus is calling people hypocrites who rebuke others yet have worse sins themselves. Jesus in context didn't say there's no sin or that sin is justified (Matt.7:1-5). Nonspiritual persons  regard spiritual  truths  foolish while God's spiritual people judge with the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:14-16).
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They affirm fickle feelings and desires right, but ignore or discount obvious moral facts and injustices. Politicians as public servants may feel they deserve inside stock information for which citizens would be jailed. Mothers who don't want their freedom restricted may abort their baby. Horny people don't deserve being tied down with marital obligations.  Homosexuals were terribly treated by a parent and just need love. Political parties feel public deception is justified when they have the right agenda. Lawyers must win their case no matter how deceptive and unjust. She caused him to rape her. Since my people are better than yours, I can show you disrespect. Jihadists use innocent persons as human shields. When truth and morals are downgraded any evil can be justified.
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They claim opposing viewpoints can both be true--it's my truth and your truth. A proposition is universally either true or false. The opposite of true is false and what corresponds to reality is true. People once believed the world was flat but now know it's round. In temperature 75 degrees some persons are hot and others cool. Situations, perspectives, understandings, cultures, beliefs and commands may change, but truth is the same for all persons at all times and all places. The world was always round and 75 degrees is the same everywhere regardless of how people may feel. One can't even deny truth without affirming their denial true.
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They are intolerant of rational and especially religious people. Relativists can't tolerate persons who show respect and give good reasons their beliefs are true. It makes relativists look bad, hurts their feelings, angers them, and makes them feel guilty. They shout insults, throw things, threaten, and become violent and destructive to overthrow their opponents. They plot behind closed doors, have no logical factual evidence that can withstand scrutiny, and must try to force their position. Consider two American protest groups. The Tea Party were economic conservatives and lawful patriots while the later socialists were takeover welfare recipients requiring lawful removal. Their intolerance or politically correct stance stifles freedom, leads to anarchy and then harsh dictatorship maybe even a blood bath to restore and maintain order.
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They deny others objective statements to affirm their subjective interpretations. They claim all language is ambiguous in multiple cultures, so we have to deconstruct it providing our own understanding. Thus, our school system must dismantle oppressive outmoded lifestyles showing many gender types and experiences. They follow atheists  such as  Nietzsche, Marx, Derrida, Foucault, Rorty and many others.
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We have dictionaries and we have minds that can understand clear intelligent speech. A survival of the fittest animal mentality leads to constant human conflict, destruction and dispare. Marxist countries have to build walls to keep citizens from risking death to escape terrible oppressive conditions. They came to an exceptional land of the free and home of the brave to have rights and opportunity--it's no accident that America's founders were Bible believing Christians and taught Bible in its schools for its first 150 years. Postmodernism is simply atheist propaganda which leads to destruction of societies, human achievements, warfare, and oppressive dictatorship.
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Where Would Biblical Christianity Lead Us?
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Is Biblical Christianity idealistic or realistic? If facts, logic, and evidence should be the structure upon which we base our lives, thinking and behavior, then here are some things requiring honest consideration. (1) The claim there's no Lifegiving God and Judge exists who can, or has, or will act in our world is something no right thinking person can make. To ignore the possibility is the most serious and foolish thing we can do. (2) To discount the hundreds of ancient detailed Bible predictions of things impossible for men to guess, engineer, or occur accidentally can only be explained by an all-knowing God. (3) To deny or ignore the multitude of eyewitness miracles  recorded by intelligent Bible persons fully aware of nature's normal patterns as we today and who staked their reputation and lives on its reality is just not realistic. How else could God's show us His reality other than visible miracles and fulfilled prophecies? Idealistic--yes! But isn't hope better than dispare? And when it corresponds with facts, logic, and good evidence--that's reality! In Christ alone we have a future of hope, progress, freedom, and fulfillment. The alternative is darkness, dispair, chaos, conflict and eternal tears and torments.
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Christian faith calls for wholehearted commitment and conduct. In the Bible, Christians are said to be many things depicting their behavior in relationship to world conditions. We are soldiers fighting a war against evil, ambassadors representing the government of the King of kings, athletes disciplining our bodies and minds for the race to win the prise. We are farmers sowing seed of God's Word on human hearts, fishers of men who seek to save them from polluted waters, salt preserving the world from decay, light dispelling the world's ignorance and darkness of God and His way, a city on a hill to light the way for others to come, and other metaphors.
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We're not perfect but have a great God and a great future if we embrace it and work to bring it about. It's the highest honor to be one of God's people working to bring about a better world. It begins with trust in the Savior to cleans us from sins and to keep devoted to know Him and His will for our lives. Won't you join this holy band to give yourself wholeheartedly to the greatest task ever?
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Let me recommend some important books discussing this and other vital subjects. For students: Understanding The Times, by David A. Noebel. The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, by Ed Hindson & Ergun Caner. I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek. For professors. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, by Norman L. Geisler.
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