“Where did we come from?” “Does it matter what I believe about my origin?” “Is society impacted by the origins debate?” The way people answer these and similar questions is important because of the society. A person’s values spring from these answers, creating a set of presuppositions that influences all their thinking. Here are two sets of presuppositions to compare, one Christian/Creationist and the other Atheistic/Evolutionist.
If I believe: I am created in God’s image, corrupted by sin but redeemed by grace, and then I have a hopeful future because I trust in Christ alone. If God is Creator, then: the Universe contains absolutes in both science and morality. My salvation and future are secure by faith in Christ. Acts 16:31: “And they (Paul and Silas) said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…’” Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13: “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” The Bible has many more verses that promise security through faith in Christ. What we believe directly affects how we behave, and our behavior impacts people and culture around us. Faith in Christ produces moral behavior based on the truths of Scripture.
If I believe: I came from dirt and will go back to dirt when I die, then: when life ends it had no meaning, and I have no hope for a future beyond the grave. If the universe is random, then: it contains no moral absolutes, and all rules can be created by human opinion. People who believe in “dirt to dirt” often despair to death by committing suicide. The logical outworking of “dirt to dirt” is hopelessness, frustration, and, ultimately, death, because all people die! No one escapes this life alive! When we teach our children, as our public education system does, that they came from dirt, are going to dirt, and life has no meaning, how can you expect moral behavior? How can they have hope in the future that ends in annihilation? You’re just a sophisticated animal evolved from pond scum. They behave like the animals they are told they are. They believe “Live for today, for tomorrow we die!”
How this worldview plays out in individual lives is demonstrated in the life of Ernest Hemingway and his family. He Society’s prominent humanists of the past, and his writings reflect that worldview. He committed suicide at the age of sixty-one. In his family, his father, Clarence Hemingway, his siblings Ursula and Leicester, and later his granddaughter Margaux Hemingway all also committed suicide. Worldview makes a difference in how dual and societal disaster.
Lesson: The Christian hope for t. Life has meaning and purpose. “To live is Christ!” The Humanist view ends in nothing. Life has no meaning and is full of hopelessness and frustration.
This blog is adapted from pages xvii-xix in “ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” Charlie is also the author of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! Get your copies at http://yourchristiananswers.com
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