“There is no such thing as education. The thing is merely a loose phrase for the passing on to others of whatever truth or virtue we happen to have ourselves. It is typical of our time that the more doubtful we are about the value of philosophy, the more certain we are about the value of education. That is to say, the more doubtful we are about whether we have any truth, the more certain we are (apparently) that we can teach it to our children.”
~ G.K. Chesterton
“The person who loves you most will tell you the most truth. One of the greatest distinguishing marks of a false prophet is that he will always tell you what you want to hear – he will never rain on your parade, he will get you clapping, he will get you jumping, he will make you dizzy, he will keep you entertained, and he will present a Christianity to you that will make your church look like a Six Flags over Jesus. And keep you so entertained you are never addressed with great issues such as these: Is God working in my life? Am I growing in holiness? Have I truly been born again?”
~ Paul Washer
What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert – himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt – the Divine Reason…
We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.
Is not this one of the defining spirits of our age?
Secular culture delights in relativistic thinking and revels in questioning fundamental truths. Really, such a trend shouldn’t be all that shocking. Can anything else possibly be expected of fallen man?
What’s truly unsettling is the way many Christians are following suite. Knowingly or unknowingly, they are abandoning conviction in favor of this false humility, this predilection to doubt and question anything and everything, even the most basic doctrines of their faith.
But truth – specifically God’s truth – is not negotiable. If it was, it wouldn’t be truth.
Apparently, some people didn’t get the memo.
I know we’re all pretty much sick and tired of hearing about Rob Bell, but is he not a perfect illustration of this? He wrote a 230 page book questioning the biblical doctrine of Hell. Funny thing is, his questions had already been answered. Definitively. By God Himself. In the Bible.
“Has God indeed said?” Many Christians today would rather ponder that question instead of firmly avowing that, yes, God has indeed said. Why? Because to them, a thousand shallow questions are preferrable to a single, substantial answer.
However (and as I said in an earlier post), here’s the thing: questions are not the answer. Answers are the answer. And not just any answers – the right answers. God’s answers. Because His are the only ones that matter.
Whether people like it or not, that’s how it is.