As we continue our critique of non-Christian worldviews, we come now to one called "deism." You may have heard that many of our founding fathers were "deists." Whether or not this is true, deism today is virtually unheard of, but of course, many heresies take a long time to die.
Deism can be summed up as the worldview which believes that a god created the universe, but that this "god" is now no longer involved in sustaining it. The universe now sustains itself. It has been given the analogy of a watchmaker who winds up a watch but then leaves it be.
There are many problems with this worldview. First of all, we must ask why our world that we see before us is ordered and uniform. If indeed the creator of all left everything alone, then there would be no order or uniformity of nature. Even something as simple and yet complex as snowflakes, which show intricate design, would make no sense if there were no creator who was sustaining all things by his providential hand.
Secondly, there is a major problem with the epistemology and axiology of deism. Epistemology is the theory of knowledge and how it is obtained. It asks the question of how we know what we know. Axiology is the theory of value. Its subsets are ethics (good and evil) and aesthetics (beauty).
Epistemologically, if the creator were absentee and uninvolved, then we would not be able to know anything. Unless this creator were sustaining our thoughts as well, we would know nothing.
Furthermore, deism really crumbles when it comes to the question of good and evil. If the creator let things go, then what is good and evil? Evil and good can then become what we make them. Besides, according to deism, the creator never took the time to reveal to us anything--so how do we know what good and evil is? We must assume that this is just the way things are "supposed" to be--in the sense of the creator not caring whether or not calamities are indeed a horrible thing or not, and in the sense of the creator not caring about whether or not evil is extremely problematic (to say the least) or not. Should evil be punished?
Questions for deists:
-Should evil be punished? What is evil in your worldview, anyways?
-What makes something beautiful in your worldview?
-How do you know that 2+2 always equals four?
-Why is nature uniform? Is it self-sustaining?
-Should good be approved of? What is good in your worldview, anyways?
-How do you know the difference between good and evil?
We see that deism is just another example of mankind suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. Man would rather be his own god. Man wants to rule himself. The deists recognize the clear truth of God's existence, but they turn the true God into an idol and make it an absentee god.
Anything so they don't have to be responsible to the sovereign, infinite, eternal, majestic, glorious, and holy Sustainer of the universe: the only true God, who has revealed Himself to us and is involved in every detail of upholding His creation.
They know this God, and they are under His wrath. Unless they repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, they will eternally perish. To all deists who read this: flee to the Lord Jesus Christ before it's too late! Repent of your sins and turn to Him. Ask Him to give you His righteousness. Confess your sin of deceiving yourself into believing that God is not involved in our affairs, all so you could have your sinful ways. You are accountable before the God who made you and holds your very life in His hands.
Turn to Christ before it's too late. Today is the day of salvation.