Nothing Doesn’t Attack Anything
Just so you know, you’ll be living your lives in a world of competing worldviews. But it’s worse than that really. It’s not as if these worldviews are in friendly competition for your allegiance. No, they are at war with each other. And you, my dear children, will pick a side in this conflict, and there’s no avoiding that fact. All of us are touched by this war, and you shouldn’t expect that it will be any different for you regardless of what side you choose, even if that side is one of pacifism, Unitarianism, or live and let live.
If you follow the path that I’ve pointed out to you, you’ll likewise be attacked in any number of ways. Scripture is clear on this matter. So in this letter I’d like to paint those attacks with a wide brush and then try to get something across to you that I think is difficult to comprehend.
The premise of this discussion is that you will be attacked for your beliefs. But what I really want you to keep in the forefront is that those attacks aren’t launched from nothing, as if out of thin air. Every attack is launched from its own belief system and, therefore, is a thing open to attack itself, and which ought to itself be capable of mounting a defense. But because of the typical attacker’s immersion in this culture, it won’t have occurred to most that they themselves hold a position which requires a defense. And since their worldview is affirmed in a hundred different ways every day because of its consistency with cultural norms, they are rarely faced with having to defend their views. They are attacking you because your beliefs contradict the norm, and they feel no need to defend their own views simply because they are that norm.
While we ought to be able to, as they say in apologetics, “defend the faith,” I’m of the mind that a good offense is the best defense. As a Christian you are not, nor should you ever be, solely held to defending your faith against those who are attacking it. You will find that defending your faith is a much easier task, even in affirming your own beliefs, when you are able to challenge the challenger and force him to defend his faith as well.
His faith will generally come in one of two forms. One will simply insist that there is no god. But there is another very similar one that you will encounter perhaps more often. This form is an epistemological one and it will insist that, although there may be a god, you can’t know or be certain of who He is, what He’s like, or what He requires. Many of your fellow churchgoers will hold a view similar to this, so don’t be surprised when you encounter them.
You’ll navigate attacks from these worldviews more easily when you realize that they are nothing more than unwitting attempts at usurping your faith with a different faith. One of the easiest ways to thwart these attempts, and to ferret out the unworkable and humanistic worldview that undergirds them, is to simply hold them to their own standards, like, how do they know that we can’t know? And if we can’t know, how can they be so certain of the very thing that they are trying to convince you of?
Keep this in mind always. You’ll find that almost every attack is an offer of something different, and the different thing they’re offering can always be summed up as another faith. Because life, in its essence, requires faith, and even those who bemoan faith the loudest, not only have their faith, but live by it also. All will put their faith in something, be it a Utopian idea, a man, a religion, a cause, a government, or any number of other things that fall under the heading of idolatry.
You’ll also encounter some who have faith in the gods of differing religions, but these are much easier to think through because they’re above board. They make no bones about the fact that they’re challenging your faith while offering another one. But you’ll face precious little of that sort of an attack in your lifetime. Rather the attacks that you will experience will come from a faith that doesn’t see itself as a faith at all. And though it’ll seldom be admitted to you, the name of this faith will probably be Secular Humanism, which bills itself as not being based on faith but rather science. It worships no deity. Or, the morality that the deity requires just so happens to be the same as the prevailing morality of the age. But rest assured, this faith contains all the elements of just another religion with all of its ordinances, worship requirements, systems of morality, redemption and even its own little gods.
For this reason, I would admonish you to study your culture in light of scripture. Understand that attacks on your faith are not coming from nowhere or nothing. They always have a source and belief system from which the attacks are being launched, and usurpation of your current faith in favor of theirs is always the goal. Realize that it, like all other religions, is at war with God and His law, and it means to win. Understand that those who fall away from Christianity, and embrace this Godless culture have not fallen away from religion but have merely exchanged the one true God for an idol. They have simply allowed the one true God to be usurped by another, which in your culture’s case, is Man.
I wish, dear children, that you could simply embrace the love of Christ and live out the rest of your life in peace and tranquility, and to a certain extent, you can do this through your belief in Jesus. But the Bible is clear. Trials will come… many trials. You will either traverse those trials with the light of God’s word, or you will traverse them based on some other belief system. But know that they will come, and you will walk through them. I plead that you hold onto Jesus tightly, who promised us that, though troubles will come in this world, He has overcome this world.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)