Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #32.
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Today’s passage of Scripture is John 11:25-26 which reads: “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?.”
Today’s quote is from Blaise Pascal. He said: “Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”
Our topic for today is titled “Cultural Apologetics, Part 4” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”
DISCOVERING DANGERS (cont.)
Cultural apologists have learned to adapt their methods as technology and entertainment change. For example, the popularity of Web logs (blogs) has given rise to Christian blog apologists. In that vein, the types of cultural apologetics usually find parallels in technology and entertainment. Christian apologists have found a voice in the arenas of music, dance, theater, biomedical ethics, television, movies, art, and sculpture.
Furthermore, cultural apologetics also attempts to address the trends and topics in common parlance and current stories of the day. Thus, news stories serve the purpose of launching a discussion that draws Christian imagery, principals, or truths. As an example, a movie seen by many as profane may be used by the cultural apologist to explain a storyline of said movie in terms of Christ figure, an antagonist/devil, and themes of good and evil. Another example may be those who attempt to present a Christian view in the midst of a cultural debate. Issues regarding war, popular literature, debates, and politics fit well within this category.
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.
Today, dear friend, we will continue reading “Book 1, Chapter 5” of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:
Then, secondly, this has not yet turned exactly into a “religious jaw.” We have not yet got as far as the God of any actual religion, still less the God of that particular religion called Christianity. We have only got as far as a Somebody or Something behind the Moral Law.
We are not taking anything from the Bible or the Churches, we are trying to see what we can find out about this Somebody on our own steam. And I want to make it quite clear that what we find out on our own steam is something that gives us a shock. We have two bits of evidence about the Somebody. One is the universe He has made. If we used that as our only clue, then I think we should have to conclude that He was a great artist (for the universe is a very beautiful place), but also that He is quite merciless and no friend to man (for the universe is a very dangerous and terrifying place). The other bit of evidence is that Moral Law which He has put into our minds. And this is a better bit of evidence than the other, because it is inside information.
You find out more about God from the Moral Law than from the universe in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he has built. Now, from this second bit of evidence we conclude that the Being behind the universe is intensely interested in right conduct —in fair play, unselfishness, courage, good faith, honesty and truthfulness. In that sense we should agree with the account given by Christianity and some other religions, that God is “good.” But do not let us go too fast here. The Moral Law does not give us any grounds for thinking that God is “good” in the sense of being indulgent, or soft, or sympathetic. There is nothing indulgent about the Moral Law. It is as hard as nails. It tells you to do the straight thing and it does not seem to care how painful, or dangerous, or difficult it is to do. If God is like the Moral Law, then He is not soft. It is no use, at this stage, saying that what you mean by a “good” God is a God who can forgive.
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.