Welcome to Babylon Where Apologetics Must Come Before One Can Even Understand the Gospel
by Matt Rawlings
I often hear the criticism from fellow evangelical Christians that you don’t need to defend the faith with all that apologetic stuff requiring a background in science, philosophy, etc.
Are they right?
Revered New Testament scholar D.A. Carson once said that when he used to encounter atheists or agnostics on college campuses it was the Christian God they did not believe in but not so anymore. Now it is a “god” of their own creation if they have a concept of God at all. I don’t know if you have noticed but we no longer live in a “Christian nation” but in a country as nearly pagan as ancient Rome.
In the age of Oprah, Rob Bell, Joel Osteen and Deepak Chopra, “god” means whatever you want it to mean. ”God” is love and acceptance but love and acceptance is re-defined as “whatever I want without criticism.” A whole generation has attempted to de-throne God and replace Him with a helicopter parent who imparts his or her child with “the special snowflake syndrome.” Gen-X and Gen-Y feel perfectly justified in defining god as they like for they believe they are the center of the universe and in a postmodern age there is no right or wrong just opinion anyway. So, a person has the right to “their own truth.”
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But while a majority of Americans feel free defining their own view of God an increasingly growing number believe there is no god. ”The New Atheism” is closing in on claiming a double-digit number of young people. The new atheists feel they have science and a majority of academia on their side, so they too feel comfortable in defining reality the way they want it.
Not exactly the world of Leave it to Beaver or The Brady Bunch is it? In such a world there are no such things as revivals because there is no faith out there to revive.
In a world where few believe in absolute truth or that the only way to know truth is through the scientific method, a committed Christian must first destroy the false world views to even gain a hearing for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and this is nothing new…