Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #31.
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 John 1:5 which reads: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
Today’s quote is from Timothy Keller. He said: “In the Christian view, the ultimate evidence for the existence of God is Jesus Christ. If there is a God, we characters in His play have to hope that He put some information about Himself in the play. But Christians believe he did more than give us information. He wrote himself into the play as the main character in history, when Jesus was born in a manger and rose from the dead.”
Our topic for today is titled “Cultural Apologetics, Part 3” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”
There is an implicit danger in cultural apologetics. Often, one is exposed to a darker, evil side of human depravity. Movies glorify omnisexuality and carnivorous sexual appetites. Contemporary music often glorifies the search for wealth and fame as the ultimate end. Maudlin songs are written by borderline schizophrenics who exalt hopelessness yet revel in the wealth their songs bring them. How does the average Christian pursue holiness and separation while still speaking to a sinful culture?
This form of apologetics attempts to teach discernment rather than avoidance. The premise is that if one demands avoidance of that which is evil, then those who follow will obey only as long as they are under the authority of the teacher. Once liberated from the teacher, the followers often have not developed any internal spiritual mechanism by which to measure the good or the bad. Discernment is learned through the interaction with, and wisdom concerning, the cultural forms.
For example, if a parent does not allow a child to attend any movies, the child may obey because he is told that the movies are filled with immorality and sinfulness, which is often true. However, the moment that the young person moves away from home, he may view the movies much like Adam and Eve viewed the fruit of the tree in the Garden. If, however, the parent teaches discernment, the youth will develop and exercise the same virtue. He will not avoid the movies solely because he was told to do so by his parents, but he will know why a movie may be categorized as evil. He will have developed the spiritual ability to “spot the lie” in a song, movie, or television program. The decision to avoid or observe is thus his own as a child of God and follower of Christ.
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.
Today, dear friend, we will begin reading “Book 1, Chapter 5” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:
Chapter 5 – We Have Cause To Be Uneasy
I ended my last chapter with the idea that in the Moral Law somebody or something from beyond the material universe was actually getting at us. And I expect when I reached that point some of you felt a certain annoyance. You may even have thought that I had played a trick on you—that I had been carefully wrapping up to look like philosophy what turns out to be one more “religious jaw.” You may have felt you were ready to listen to me as long as you thought I had anything new to say; but if it turns out to be only religion, well, the world has tried that and you cannot put the clock back. If anyone is feeling that way I should like to say three things to him.
First, as to putting the clock back. Would you think I was joking if I said that you can put a clock back, and that if the clock is wrong it is often a very sensible thing to do? But I would rather get away from that whole idea of clocks. We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when doing arithmetic.
When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start over again, the faster I shall get on. There is nothing progressive about being pigheaded and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.
Lord willing, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 5” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.