October 18, 2019

Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference
between what is right and wrong;
Rather it is the difference between right and almost right.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~

We are living in a sociological and political time of upheaval. We have been experiencing dysfunctional symptoms, exacerbated by our therapeutic society. All of this is encased in a variety of religious expressions and experiences.

The idea that religion is on the verge of disappearing is an old one. The French radicals of the 18th century predicted and promised the demise of the church. In the 19th century Karl Marx declared the impending death of the church and all religion. As Nietzsche said, "God is dead and we killed him." In the 20th century, in both Europe and America, many such as H.G. Wells and other Fabians believed reason replaced revelation and therefore man replaced god. Today in the 21st century the "New Atheists," the "Brights" as they are called, declare that all religion has been a disaster to mankind and that the idea of any god or gods is dangerous to mankind.

Is religion on the decline? To ask the question is to answer it. A resounding, NO! As Mark Twain said, "The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated." Man is incurably religious. If he does not worship the true GOD he will worship something or someone else. The Apostle Paul told us in Romans 1 that when we turn from the Creator we turn to creation to give our loyalty and confidence and our worship.

The world of humanity is turning to many traditional world religions as well as non-traditional explorations seeking ultimate reality. What these philosophical and religious encounters have in common is that they are counterfeits and originate from the father of lies. The devil was a liar from the beginning. That is his method of operation and his scheme to scam people away from the truth.

I invite you to read Acts 17:17-34 and see and hear Paul as he gives a reason for the hope that is in him. See him provide an apologetic of faith in Jesus and the resurrection in the midst of a variety of religious belief systems. See how people respond to Jesus and the resurrection; some sneer, some say "let's talk more later" and some believe!  Not much has changed....except--- We are the ones who are to go and make the case for Christianity.

Frederic Nietzsche was right; "When the world discovers that God is dead there will be universal madness." But our privilege is to provide this mad world with the good news that God is not dead. In fact, He would like to offer them a new relationship of eternal life with Himself so that they can enjoy eternal fellowship with Him forever.

Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,