Thursday, August 18, 2005

A DEFENSE OF CHRISTIAN THEISM

Only Christianity makes sense out of life. But not only that, only Reformed Christianity makes sense out of life. Let me explain.

Philosophy historically has what has been called "the problem of the one and the many." This asks the question of what underlying, universal commonality is there among particular things that unites them all. Let me illustrate.

The human body is one body, right? But it is made of many parts. But yet, for this body to function, the parts work together. So the human body is one body, composed of many parts.

In creation, we see how things work together. Humans and trees are dependent upon one another. We inhale oxygen, which we get from trees. We exhale carbon dioxide, which trees receive and turn into oxygen. Indeed, without trees, there would be no oxygen.

God has made creation in this aspect to be one creation that is composed of many parts that work together. The eastern religions believe what is called "monism," which teaches that all is one, and that distinctions between things are illusions. But in the west, we focus on "atomism," where we always focus on particular things without expressing relationships.

But our worldview must be full-orbed, and must touch on every aspect of life. That brings us to our next question. What is a worldview?

WHAT IS A WORLDVIEW?

A worldview is a basic network of presuppositions through which we interpret experience. Presuppositions are faith-commitments that all of us have. A presupposition is the most basic belief that one holds. In other words, a fundamental presupposition is rarely going to be given up without one's entire worldview collapsing.

For example, if all across the world tomorrow, if the various news media were to claim that they have "found the bones of Jesus Christ," I would not believe them. Why not? Because my ultimate presupposition is that Jesus is Lord, and I must let God be true, and consider every man a liar when it comes to comparing God's Word with what others say.

Another example of this is Stephen Jay Gould, the famous evolutionist. He recognized the problem of the lack of transitional forms in the fossil record. Did he become a Christian theist? Nope. Instead, he made up a view called "punctuated equilibrium" which says that the various species just kind of became another species very rapidly. Even though geneticists jumped all over this and made clear that that would destroy a species, Stephen Jay Gould continued to hold onto his irrational claims. Anything to get away from the God of the Bible.

So does this mean, then, that we don't discuss truth? I mean, since we all have our own presuppositions, why discuss truth?

ONLY REFORMED CHRISTIAN THEISM MAKES SENSE OUT OF LIFE

It is important, therefore, to ask ourselves if our presuppositions comport with each other (if they are logically connected), or if they contradict one another. It is also important to ask us if our presuppositions can be lived out and applied to the world around us. It is my contention that only Reformed Christianity has presuppositions that comport with each other, and only Reformed Christianity can make sense out of life.

THE GOD OF THE SNOWFLAKE

Praise be to God for His marvelous creation. But one of the most amazing things to me is the snowflake. If you haven't been yet, go to www.snowflakebentley.com and check out the images of snowflakes that Wilson Bentley photographed magnified. No two snowflakes are alike, and they all show amazing design and symmetry. Only Reformed Christian theism allows for such beauties. How so?

Not only is the God who does this a personal and creative God (which excludes the false god of Islam), but the God who does this exercises His providence and sovereign decree over all things. He is intricately involved in every detail, holding everything up by His powerful Word. This God is not the absentee god of deism, nor is this God the wimpy pansy of open theism, nor is this God the half-god of Arminianism. This God is the awesome, sovereign, holy, majestic, providential God of the Bible: the one and only true and living God.

This God has revealed Himself to us in His holy Scriptures. He has given us His holy Law to guide us, without which we cannot make sense of good and evil. He has shown us what is beautiful. It is in Christ that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are deposited (Colossians 2:3). And this God, by His powerful Word, holds everything together. He is the ultimate reality.

Unless you presuppose the Reformed Christian theistic worldview as true, you cannot make sense out of life. Your presuppositions will not comport with each other.

Now that we have stated and shown briefly that only Reformed Christian theism makes sense out of life, and that only its presuppositions comport with each other, we will continue in our series on worldviews by critiquing various non-Christian religions, as well as common claims heard by fellow Christians that are inadequate to God's revelation.

By the grace of God I am a sinner,
Josh Brisby

4 comments:

leanordtaft3693 said...
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Johan P said...

Mat 15:19 for out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, whoredoms, thefts, false witnessings, evil speakings:
Eph 1:11 ................of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

This two verses make God is outhor of sin if we believe presuposition of calvinism

Johan P said...

Mat 15:19 for out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, whoredoms, thefts, false witnessings, evil speakings:
Eph 1:11 ................of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

This two verses make God is outhor of sin if we believe presuposition of calvinism

Johan P said...

Please answer setiadi comment at
http://contrast2.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/pipers-two-three-wills-of-god-and-1-timothy-24/