Tuesday, September 27, 2005

THE OOEY-GOOEY NONSENSE OF RELATIVISM

Relativism. Postmodernism. Nothing-is-absolute-ism.

Ooey-gooey nonsense.

I have the blessing of teaching at a Reformed Christian school that honors Christ as Lord over every area of life and thought. The school is majorly influenced by the God-glorifying philosophy of Cornelius Van Til and Greg L. Bahnsen. The school recognizes that you can't just tack on Bible to your list of subjects and truly be a Christian school. To be a truly Christian school, you must recognize that, apart from Christ, no subjects make sense.

But I am currently going for my credential--to fall back on in case I need to provide more income for my family. But to go for my credential, I have to endure relativistic, postmodernistic, "accept all cultures" nonsense.

Yesterday in my credential class, I was accused by a fellow student of being "narrow-minded."

Guilty as charged!

2+2 is always four. I guess I'm narrow-minded. Is two plus two ever anything other than four? My goodness, even postmodern relativists would say it is only always four. Aren't they being narrow minded here?

Christianity has to be presupposed to make sense out of anything. In that sense, it is the absolute truth. The Word of God is the absolute truth. I am so narrow-minded.

I am proud to be narrow-minded. If I were to embrace relativism, I would believe such ridiculous things such as, "What's true for you is not true for me."

OK. So, if I were a relativist, and my teacher were a relativist, then I can cheat on my test. If the teacher catches me, by what right can he hold me accountable? I would say that it's not wrong for me to cheat. He may say that he's the teacher, so what he says counts. But what makes him the ultimate authority in ethical matters? Is he self-verifying?

But the Word of God is self-verifying.

A girl in my class last night said that she worked with "trans-gendered youth." My professor then said that she taught a boy who wore dresses to school and danced in his dresses. My professor said we need to respect people like that.

I agree that in a certain sense we must respect them, being made in the image of God as they are. But we do not have to respect their worldview. Do I have to respect the opinion of a serial killer that it's OK to kill? What about someone who has sex with animals? What about someone who wants to expose himself publicly? What about the views of someone who believes that child molestation is OK? Etc., etc., etc.

Let's stop playing games. This is pathetic nonsense. It's time to call a spade a spade:

This is rebellion against God.

God is giving these people over to their sinfulness. They are becoming darkened in their reasoning. They cannot reason properly because of their self-deception.

And then they accuse Christians of being "narrow-minded" and "intolerant."

Will you tolerate my Christianity?

Then don't expect me to tolerate your sinful perversions.

I call anyone who believes that truth is relative to the absolute truth of the Word of God. The absolute Word of God declares that you are under His wrath and curse. Flee to Christ and repent of your sinfulness.

--Josh Brisby

Monday, September 26, 2005

THE ABSENTEE GOD OF DEISM

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.

--Josh Brisby

Monday, September 19, 2005

THE PATHETIC SILLINESS OF ATHEISM

We now begin our various critiques of non-Christian worldviews. I thought I would begin with the most ridiculous worldview of them all: atheism.

Atheism is foolish. I say this about all forms of atheism: evolutionism, naturalism, nihilism, etc. I could sum up the critique very simply.

Atheists always want to call themselves "freethinkers" and "rational" people. But actually, they are some of the most irrational people of all.

The atheist must borrow from the Christian theistic worldview to make sense out of anything. How can they allow for laws of logic? How did logic come about? It could not have come about through conventions of men, because of men sat down to decide what logic was, they would be using logic to decide logic.

The same goes for morality. In an atheist world, how do they know what good and evil is? There is no definite good or evil.

There is no truth in an atheist world. Everything is relative. How can 2+2 always equal four in an atheist universe? Everything is chaos and disorder in an atheist universe.

Yet, as we look around us, we see that the world, though fallen, has order. We see that there is order when we do scientific experiments. We assume that the sun will rise tomorrow. This is called the process of induction. We assume things are consistent, so we do our experiments in science assuming that things will act a certain way.

But atheism does not allow for induction either. In case you doubt me, consider the fact that atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote an article called "The Problem of Induction." Even he admits that atheists have a problem here in their worldview.

So, the atheist worldview cannot even allow for scientific experimentation, since it cannot allow for induction. The atheist worldview cannot even allow for science itself!

Atheism is pathetic. It has no ground to stand on, and it has to borrow from the Christian theistic worldview to make sense out of anything.

Hasn't God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

--Josh Brisby