The Cultural War that Wages Violence against Men’s Souls
by Rick Schenker
Can you imagine anything more violent than condemning someone to hell? Yet, according to scripture, no one is forced into hell, they go there based on their choice to accept or reject the free gift of eternal life that God has made available by the death of Jesus Christ. But if someone seeks to persuade others to reject this free gift by purporting lies, half-truths and deceptions, are they not then committing the most violent act possible against men by giving them reasons to reject God’s free gift. This is not an act of violence that requires civil punishment, but it does require those with the truth to engage in the battle for the minds of those being deceived—especially if they are our own children.
The teachings of neo-atheists and scientific naturalism are designed to get people to reject God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. Certainly they do not see these teachings as violent acts towards the souls of men, but if Christianity is true we must understand these arguments in the light of their eternal consequences. As followers of Jesus, we must analyze and refute with logic and truth the deceptions being spread by those who seek to turn people against the truth.
I am amazed at how many of these anti-God advocates are immune to logic and truth. In the face of logical arguments that dismantle their deceptions, they many times turn to attacking Christians as stupid and illogical. They stop arguing their “so-called truth”, and start attacking the people that point out the weaknesses of their propositions.
What is more amazing is how many Christians in society have abandoned the intellectual realm to give the neo-atheists and scientific naturalist free reign to do violence to our children as we send them off to college. Instead of studying and preparing to counter these deceptions and lies, we simply tell our children to stand strong and make wise choices. But as William Wilberforce said,
In an age in which infidelity abounds, do we observe parents carefully instructing their children in the principles of faith which they profess? Or do they furnish their children with arguments for the defense of that faith? … When religion is handed down among us by heredity succession, it is not surprising to find youth of sense and spirit beginning to question the truth of the system in which they were brought up. And it is not surprising to see them abandon a position which they are unable to defend.
The frontline of this cultural war that wages violence against the souls of men is at the university. Yet, churches and church leaders have not prepared themselves to deal with these intellectual assaults against the truth of Christianity. The study of apologetics (learning to defend the faith) has been largely ignored by the majority of those entering full-time work as pastors and teachers…
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