A Sincere/Sensible Response to the Salvation Cry of the Postmodernist.

Many are seeking a salvation from themselves and the mundane happenings of his life, yet many go about it in a way destine to fail. The hopelessness of fixating of our own carnal heart and mind is becoming evident and proves no more successful than those who have followed nihilism (the absence of any one or true principle intrinsic value or worth) in the past. For all their thoughts and so called intuitions about life, they lived and died miserable and profoundly unhappy, hopeless, and confused. Someone wrapped around one’s self, truly makes a very small package.
How we interpret and react to this empty materialism of culture in general is the distinguishing factor between the “salvation” that many are seeking and that of a Christian for example, although unfortunately many of those calling themselves Christian are operating with a mindset more similar to this world’s system of belief and action. Many desire to focus on, place value, or control such daily affairs or emotions as a means of escaping them or disengaging from any responsibility to act in a right manner. If they can make the waters of morality only a murkily gray than they have a false freedom and form of “salvation” from this world and from the battle of hope itself. In contrast a Christian esteems the person, knowledge, and love of God, and what he has saved us from. They know why they are, who, and who’s, they are, and where they are going. The concept of sin and that we have rebelled against and violated God’s law explains the terrible things that drain the hope of many and explains why these things exist. The concept of Jesus paying our fine, reconciling us to God is what changes all aspects of ourselves. We know that God is for us and it is the enemy, who always seem to be left out of the equation, that is using our own cooperation and authority that we have on earth against us. The source of this truth is one that lies outside of ourselves, as opposed one that stems from our own vain imaginations and darkened hearts. This source the Word and nature of God, is not a book of rules but rather a calling, a love letter to rescue us from ourselves. It is a confidence and humble worth that the world cannot give nor take away. They may not know it, but many are really looking for salvation from all that sin brings, but are so hardened that they are blind to it, or see it as their only source of escape.
Most are consumed with earthly anxieties and fail to realize that devaluing materialism does not need to end up at the foolish viewpoint lumping everything into a category of nothingness, and that all action holds no real value. There is quite a difference between a fluffed up self-esteem or and unconditional worth, between boredom and intrinsic joy. We even become addicted to harmful situations, perhaps because it becomes our vary identity. It may make us feel needed, or provide us with an excuse to avoid conflict, change, or any chance of receiving blame. One may conceive that our schools are teaching us short-term success and pleasure without proper regard for character and purpose. As many discover, this eventually becomes a cold and empty pursuit, while the person becomes any island onto themselves. Despite acknowledging its total failure, many groups still seems to hold fast to the idea that humans are their own mini gods and anything less brings adolescent cries of being controlled. I would proclaim that it is only through the lens of God’s character knowledge, which most refused to personally learn of, does one begin to see order, freedom from slavery, and perspective. I am fearful that each generation is increasingly slipping into this cynical mentality and the question I ask is; what is your life, your world view, and belief system really about? Can it sustain you when all else around you fails or is it on the verge of a nearly unconscious following of the ever-altering ideologies of other personalities, medias, or governments? Have you honestly and openly investigated it for yourself, digested it, and made it a self-governing force in your life? In short, many pursue happiness and comfort, or desire to be apart of some idea or movement, yet neglect the ramifications of this on their person and soul. We will eventually either be motivated by earthy fear and distain or by an honest and eternal love and concern. By only pondering and exalting our own heart’s interpretation of the world, it becomes quite easy to be sucked into a feeling of detached cause and effect. It is my own opinion that once the true principals and standard of God is removed, something will always move in to fill the vacuum. We will all esteem or ascribe value to insights, ideals, believes and in a sense, be ruled by them, it is only a matter of which ones those will be. As the only saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
There is a prevalent theme of blatant religious illiteracy and basic misunderstanding of true and real New Testament, Christ-centered Christianity, not to be confused with Judaism. Attacks often have everything to do with the ill and misguided works of humans and nothing to do with God, Christ, or the Bible in its whole. Further, any atrocities done in the name of false religion pails in comparison to the extraordinary, large scale murder of those like Hitler and Stalin who share the same atheistic goals and Darwinist world view. Imagine that after looking at any giving creation, one begins attacking the creator and then, despite the impossibility that nothing produced everything, or that for the first time nonliving things begat living, claims that the creator never even existed. One must conclude that the person has some personal agenda or problem with the creator. Humanist imply that they are concerned about the human condition, but with their accompanying attention to issues stemming from sexually makes one wonder if what is really fueling their concerns is the freedom to adhere to sexual mores of their choosing without being actable to a standard of right and wrong outside of themselves.
Most intellectuals, who reject Christianity, along with all religions, confuse the exclusive and unique tenants of Christianity. They would probably concur, Islam does possess tenants within its belief system that have given way to extreme views of justice that not only detach it from the necessary deep, soulful, and unconditional love needed for societal cohesion, but produces an intolerant political system within itself. However, after the middle ages, the Christians had a reformation where a protestant ethic consisting of self governance which replaced an abstract and institutionalized Catholicism, allowing for an intrinsic harmony within a pluralistic society where other elements are tolerated, yet they are not given charge to dictate or constantly alter cultural decision-making or undermine a society’s foundations. Also, unlike many Asian beliefs, Christianity endorses that all peoples are created in God’s image and a personal concern for the condition of the poor and depraved. The foundation for evil in the world is a rejection of Christian ideals, not adherence to them.
Atheists continue the lost art of real argumentation by neglecting the study of what they are attacking and take the ugly and unintended as a result of flawed human intervention and impressing it to be the whole of Christianity. It seems they are not seeking truth, but rather the indoctrination of their own ideology and fascination with themselves. I believe that it was Dr. D. James Kennedy that implied that morality will always be legislated; it is simply a matter of whose. Moral relativism is also a dogma that can be trusted with such extreme faith that is can stare past statistical evidence, expert analysis, past failures, and common sense. History seems to indicate that such visions did not produce a more loving or just society. We cannot simply attack behaviors, for if we extract God from the discussion we risk only continually arguing over the symptoms and rules that a relativist, romanticist, do-what-you-feel culture can make sense of. When the element of God or the depravity of man goes unrecognized, we do not find some benign secular or humanistic utopia, but rather one where thoughts, words, and inevitably actions are severely marginalized. Further, rejecting Biblical assumptions in favor of intellectual reason would prove to be no less violent or messianic as it became a new religious sect, which led to many conflicts beginning with the gruesomeness of the French revolution, which sought to exalt “reason” over religion. Also, despite the progression of our schools away from God and the Bible, the 20th century appears to be the most bloody to date. To the Christian, the inconsistencies and imperfections to be found in human affairs only proves the inherit depravity of our fallen nature. They were indications of the distance between God’s perfection and the inadequacy of intellectual resources standing on their own. Take away the authority of God, and love or justice can take what every form man or the state decides. Once morality based on individual priority or benevolence becomes the only true virtue, even the concept of life itself becomes particularly personal, left to be shaped by a new emergence a new tradition. A possible future and extreme outcome of these kinds of mindsets is a total breakdown of previously held American ideals and makes possible for global law and opinion dashes the sovereignty of any nation.
To further elaborate why such attacks have failed to touch or move the Christian, a brief closing response to Biblical assaults may help. The Old Testament showed the horribleness of sin while the New shows the magnificence of the remedy in Christ where Christ dwells in us. The consciousness of this changes everything about us from within. The New Testament transitions to our spirit’s unification with Christ. The Old Testament was power-driven by the guilt of sin, which may lead to individuals to overcompensating behavior. A born again Christian spirit has changed and they are not under the Old Testament bylaw but are rather under the New Testament principal of Christ, which is a genuine empowerment by His grace(favor). A heart change as right believing bring right action. The New Testament shows us Christ, the Savior, and conveys to us that we have been granted right standing with God on the premise of faith and not a focus on human doings or interventions, which demonstrates why true Christianity is vastly different from all other religions. To be technical, this makes it not a religion at all, but an relationship, a transformation, an existence which unfortunately so many cannot comprehend and therefore even if it were possible, they could not even being to destroy. His demeanor evokes one’s most heartfelt sadness and sympathy.
In order for the universe to be moral, it cannot simply be a mechanical one of cause and effect, but rather one where humans must be truly free to choose behavior. Certainly one may have to overcome more than other is some areas do to nature or nurture, yet it seems certain levels of our internal reaction regarding virtue must be held in higher esteem and more predominate in our focus then it often is. In an increasing number of areas in society to request behavioral change as become an agent of moral intolerance. Although our conscious can be seared or dulled, there exists some deep knowledge of right and wrong and some manifesting acknowledgment of when one or the other is chosen.
But what is the ultimate source of such a freedom, and how can it be rescued from self-destruction, and instead influenced positively? Surely, it is difficult to deny that any internalization process will not be influenced by the differences of our own inborn personalities as well as the environment that we have been exposed to. However, numerous stories, examples, and experiences prove the condition of our soul greatly affects our internal processes. Perhaps the real issue or problem lies in our inability to recognize or pursue knowledge regarding our spiritual identity encapsulated and spoken of by God and Jesus Christ explained in his word. Admittedly, this exclusive claim is not popular and any quality involving the spirit is often mocked or at least delegated to only one of some purely humanistic origin. To involve personal interaction with an almighty God not only makes humans truly accountable for their actions, but perhaps more importantly for this discussion, results in the causation of diminishing and even overriding the previously prevailing power of nature or nurture. For the spirit can defy external and even internal inclinations and turn a so called normality into a fantastic anomaly, which is what we truely are in this present world, the fullness of Christ.

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