Nothing Doesn’t Attack Anything
You will live your lives in a world with competing worldviews. But it is worse than that really. It is not as if these worldviews are in friendly competition for your allegiance. No, they are at war with each other. It is a war of ideas, yes, but eventually wars of ideas become bloody. You, my dear children, will pick a side in this conflict, and there’s no avoiding that fact. You will be touched by it as well, no matter 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 for you, that is to say, if you follow Jesus, you will likewise be attacked in any number of ways. Scripture is clear on this matter. So in this letter I would like to paint those attacks with a wide brush and then point out something worth noting. But before I do that let me define what I mean by “attack”.
To attack a thing can generally mean to act violently toward it. Or it can mean to impugn or challenge its cognitive structure, as in the “idea”. While both of these kinds of attacks on Christianity are happening today, I want to focus on the latter of the two, and specifically on the fact that these attacks should be interpreted from two different perspectives. The first of these perspectives is the actual challenge to your worldview. If someone, for example, is challenging your belief in God by offering his believed evidence that there isn’t one, then that evidence must be dealt with. You must think through what they are saying without fear. Keep in mind that you live in a closed universe. Solomon put it like this, “There is nothing new under the sun”. No one is making new arguments. You will never hear anything but old arguments being rehashed. But, since, from your perspective, your beliefs are being attacked, I’ll call this the “offensive perspective.”
The second perspective I’ll call the “defensive perspective” because you will be on offense. Every attack emanates from its own belief system, or worldview, and therefore is a thing open to attack itself, and which ought to be defensible. Because of their immersion in this culture, most of those you will encounter will not even realize that, not only attacking your position, they are also attacking from a position. They’re not aware of this because their belief system is drawn from culture and so is the norm, and being normal, it is affirmed in them a hundred different ways. They are simply attacking you because your beliefs contradict the norm.
I would have your minds work so as to think within the framework of both of these perspectives, always. 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 your own mind, when you are able to challenge the challenger and make him defend his faith also. His faith will generally come in one of two forms. The form that you are most unlikely to encounter is the one that insists that there is no god. But there is another just like it, which you will encounter often, even from many who profess to be Christians. This form is an epistemological one and it will insist that, thought there is a god, you can’t know or be certain of who he is, what he’s like, or what he requires. You will navigate attacks from these worldviews more easily when you realize that they are in reality nothing more than unwitting attempts at usurping your faith with theirs. And one of the easiest ways to do this is to simply hold them to their own standards, like, how do they know that we can’t know?
Keep this in mind always. In the end, attacks are also offers of something different, and the different thing they are offering you will always be nothing more than another faith, because life, in its essence, requires faith. You will put your faith in something, be it a Utopian idea, a man, a religion, a cause, a government, or any number of other things that can easily be turned into an idol for worship. While you will encounter some who have faith in the gods of differing religions, these are easier to think through because it is plain to see that your faith is being challenged by another faith, and the one challenging you is aware that he is doing so, and doesn’t attempt to hide his beliefs. But you will face precious little of that sort of an “attack” in your lifetime. The attacks you will experience, rather, will come from a faith that doesn’t see itself as faith at all. And though it will seldom be admitted to you, the name of this faith is “Secular Humanism”. It bills itself as not being based on faith because it points to what it calls science. It worships no deity. Or, the deity that it does worship is indistinguishable from 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. Know it. Understand that attacks on your faith are not coming from nowhere or nothing. They have a source, always, a belief system from which it attacks. Realize that it, like all other religions, are at war with God and His law, and it means to win. Understand that those who fall away from Christianity, and embraced this Godless culture, have not fallen away from religion but have merely exchanged the one true God for an idol. They have simply allowed that God to be usurped by another god, 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 though 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 plea 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”