Worldviews in Conflict

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Worldviews in conflict:

Worldviews in conflict Contrasting Christianity and secular views

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Worldviews in conflict Worldviews define our origin and our destiny. They seek to answer, “Where are we from?” and “Where are we going?” Christianity answers these questions—and more.

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Worldviews in conflict But so do other worldviews such as Humanism, Marxism/ Communism and Naturalism. Secular beliefs often mix these three (H/C/N) in a syncretistic blending of ideas.

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Worldviews in conflict Naturalism teaches that “the universe is a product of natural evolutionary processes” (Campbell-Jack 656) and that humankind is entirely the result of those natural processes. Carl Sagan called us “Children of the Cosmos.”

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Worldviews in conflict Naturalism “begins with the fundamental assumption that the forces of nature alone are adequate to explain everything that exists” (Colson 52) .

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Worldviews in conflict Secular Humanism teaches that through reason and science every person can reach his or her potential. In short, humankind can reach its potential—its utopia—apart from God.

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Worldviews in conflict Communism teaches that “only structural economic changes are needed for humanity’s true creativity and capacity for community to emerge” (Campbell-Jack 167). Communists pit the working class against the capitalist class who (supposedly) use their wealth against the poor.

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Worldviews in conflict The communist solution to society’s problems is to remove all personal, economically producing property from the individual and give it to the state.

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Worldviews in conflict Soviet Red Square Parades The communist political purges and mass executions have so far resulted in the deaths of an estimated 100 million people.

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Worldviews in conflict C. S. Lewis countered the idea of the supreme state:

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Worldviews in conflict “If individuals live only seventy years,” said C. S. Lewis, “then a state, or a nation, or a civilization, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the individual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for his is everlasting and the life of a state or a civilization, compared with his, is only a moment” (Colson 131).

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Worldviews in conflict We should note that communism has a “chosen people” (the poor), and that, like humanism , it believes in humankind’s own ability for self-improvement and self-realization.

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Worldviews in conflict What is our origin?

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Worldviews in conflict Christianity teaches that everything had a beginning (Ge. 1:1; Mt. 19:4). Recently cosmology has confirmed this.

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Worldviews in conflict “In 1963 humankind entered into a new era when the beginning of the universe was discovered. “Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson discovered cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) con- firming Edwin Hubble's findings of an expanding universe from a definite point of origin.

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Worldviews in conflict “The biblical God, who, for mysterious reasons known only to Him, at this time has allowed humankind to glimpse much more of ‘His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, that have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made’ (Rom 1:20)” (Elbert).

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Worldviews in conflict Hubble Telescope’s View of the Galaxies

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Worldviews in conflict Since “something cannot just come out of nothing, there has to be a transcendent cause beyond space and time which brought the universe into being” (Strobel 75).

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Worldviews in conflict Thus we can conclude: Whatever begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore the universe has a cause.

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Worldviews in conflict Christianity further teaches us that God is the Designer of His Creation (Ge. 1:1). Again, recent scientific discoveries have confirmed intricate design in the simplest of life forms.

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Worldviews in conflict Is this bacterium a simple life form that evolved from simpler forms, as Darwin believed?

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Worldviews in conflict Irreducibly complex motor parts in the simplest of life forms. All of these highly integrated and sophisticated parts are necessary to create motion.

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Worldviews in conflict DNA DNA contains the complex, genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms.

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Worldviews in conflict Anything “that is irreducibly complex cannot evolve in gradual steps, and thus its very existence refutes Darwin’s theory” (Colson 88). These information-rich structures are nothing else but the fingerprints of God!

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Worldviews in conflict One day some scientists came to God and claimed they could do anything God could do. “Like what?” Asked God. “Like creating human beings,” said the scientists. “Show me,” said God.

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Worldviews in conflict “Well, we start with some dust—” “Wait a second,” God interrupted, “get your own dust.”

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Worldviews in conflict What is our destiny?

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Worldviews in conflict Both Christianity and H/C/N believe in a destiny for humankind. For H/C/N, that destiny is a utopia, brought about by its Saviors: science, technology and government. (Note: I am not saying science, technology and government are inherently evil, only that they cannot bring utopia.)

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Worldviews in conflict Even though all such attempts at a utopia have failed in the past—whether Cuba, the Soviet Union, “The Great Society,” Nazi Germany, or groups like Synanon or cults—utopians believe that their better world lies just around the corner of the next revolution, the next technological breakthrough, or the next government program.

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Worldviews in conflict It is this idea of utopia that fuses all the three worldviews—humanism, communism, and naturalism—together. We should note here that it is also the idea of a utopia that drives the radical jihadists.

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Worldviews in conflict “The goals of radical jihad are purification and social justice, both of which are to be achieved through the institution of Islamic law in the states conquered by Islamic arms” (Horowitz 125).

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Worldviews in conflict Further, it was Khomeini who “introduced into radical Islamic thought the pivotal Marxist concept of a world divided into oppressors and oppressed” (Horowitz 125).

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Worldviews in conflict The results of all such attempts at utopia have been despotism, tyranny, terrorism, gulags, and killing fields.

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Worldviews in conflict In contrast, Christianity teaches that the New Age will not come without the intervention of Christ (Mt. 24).

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Worldviews in conflict “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” —Isaiah 11:6. Only through the restoration of a fallen world can a utopia be established.

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Worldviews in conflict Humankind is fallen (Ge. 3). Every part of our being is marred by the affects of sin. Therefore a utopia cannot be created without first dealing completely with sin.

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Worldviews in conflict Humankind’s, and therefore society’s, propensity to evil is not the result of a class struggle, but the result of a sin struggle in the hearts of individuals. A struggle that can only be remedied by the heart redeemed by Christ.

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Worldviews in conflict Nor does humankind naturally evolve into something better. Each person must be individually and radically saved!

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Worldviews in conflict Chuck Colson explained: “Only the Judeo-Christian view of life conforms to reality, to the nature of the human condition as we actually experience it. Only the biblical view creates a sustainable and rational and truly liberating basis for human life.”

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Worldviews in conflict “This becomes abundantly clear when we examine Christianity and naturalism from several perspectives: compatibility with the scientific evidence, human dignity, the ultimate meaning in life, our destiny, and service to others” (Colson 130).

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Worldviews in conflict Thus, since only Christianity is true to what is there, only Christianity provides the real solution to the needs of humankind.

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Worldviews in conflict Campbell-Jack, W.C., and Gavin McGrath, editors. New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics . Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006. Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey. How Now Shall We Live? Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1999. Elbert, Paul. The Era of the Glimpse of God. PowerPoint Presentation. Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee. Horowitz, David. Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left. Washington: Regenery Publishing, 2004. Strobel, Lee. The Case for Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

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