Christian theologian Norman Geisler said on Friday at a major Christian apologetics conference that America has paid a heavy price for abandoning God, such as rising rates of teen suicide, divorce, violent crime, and abortion, but urged Americans to rediscover their Christian roots and get back in God’s favor.
Geisler focused his speech at the Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte on three main topics — how America was founded on faith in God, how it lost that faith in the public sphere, and how it can regain God’s favor.
Geisler, who is a prominent evangelical apologist, said “there is nothing that I am more concerned about today than what is happening in our country, and as a result happening elsewhere around the world.”
Charting back America’s history to 1620 with the first pilgrims on the Mayflower, he noted that the first thing the settlers did upon arrival was thank God in their prayers.
“I don’t know if there’s any other country that started that way, but that’s how we started, they thanked God,” he explained.
The theologian then noted that the first schools were started with a mission to teach children morals and protect them from Satan, whom the pilgrims believed has a real presence on Earth, while prayers in Congress called for Divine protection.
Geisler added that several of America’s most important documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, were all inspired by Christian thought. What is more, the 10 Commandments were the basis of school and government, and taught people Judeo-Christian morals.
The apologist then pointed to the 1859 publication of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin as the point when America started losing its favor with God, as the questioning of God also led to the questioning of God-given morals.
“We lost it by officially as a nation rejecting the Creator, the Creation, and God-given moral absolutes,” he said.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post