Problem Of Our Changing Culture

W. Terry Varner
December 11, 2016

Society at all levels of designation—Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennial, etc.—face many challenges due to the constant change in culture. The absolutes of years past have been discarded for more popular ideas and beliefs. These ideas and beliefs have saturated our thinking so that everything is in question. Nothing is sacred. Nothing is absolute except that nothing is absolute.

Society seems to challenge everything. It appears that the present mantra is: “Doubt any, and all things taught and believed by anyone, especially the Bible, submit your ideas to no authority except self. The result of such thinking is a heavy dose of both tolerance and inclusiveness. Tolerance of everything except others who disagree. Inclusiveness involving the acceptance of all things. The mere idea of one holding to an universal authority allying to all—God and the Bible—is considered foreign, repulsive, and the height of ignorance. The result is—no authority except that which the individual creates.

Authority of Society. When individuals speak about their knowledge or source of truth they are talking basically two primary views. Empiricism by definition means that knowledge obtained from the experiences of our senses; i.e. sight, nearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. We hear this when one says, “It feels good therefore I will do it.” This feel good feeling often results from our emotions, experiences, or desires gained from movies, music, and television. This knowledge becomes our authority for acting, and living.

Rationalism by definition bases its beliefs and actions upon reasoning alone and is considered superior to and independent of everything else. At times people reason: “I am right because I trust the experts!!! Education credentials often become the sole criteria for one’s authority. The reasoning of the media often becomes the sole criteria of authority. The 2016 election should make it crystal clear that media knowledge is not always dependable and therefore not truthful. Both education and media credentials often have their own agenda. For example the biblical teaching that God is the origin of all things and not evolution is ruled out-of-bounds in much of the discussion of both academia and the media.

Authority Needed for Basic Questions. Life has some very basic and important questions. We all must have the answer to them. Some of the basic questions are: “Does God exist?” Where did man come from or what is his origin?” “If there is a God why is there so much suffering and evil in the world?” “What is the purpose of life?” “Does man have a soul?” “When a person dies is that it?” “Is there an eternity?” “Ii there is an eternity will both those who are good and those who are evil be together?” There is no answer to these questions by science. Science can only deal with empirical matters. For example: The Bible teaches that the dead were raised—Lazarus, Jesus, etc.—and that all of the dead will be raised. “There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust” (Acts 24:15). Science does not have the ability to enter this discussion because of their empiricism; i.e. the five senses is their foundation of knowledge.

Authority Available to Man. Man is not without authoritative answers to the questions of life that beg for an absolute answers. When the Devil tempted our Lord, He answered the Devil with truth and authority. He replied to the Devil with what Goa had revealed to man in His Word, the Bible. Three times our Lord answered the Devil with the words, “It is written” (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10). “It is written” are references to Deuteronomy 8:3; 6:16; 6:13. The problem of the Devil is the problem that plagues modem man when he refuses to obey Jesus; he will not listen to what God said in His Word, the Bible. God stated on the mount of transfiguration, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased, hear Him” (Matt. 17:5). Paul wrote that God has spoken “in these last days to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1). Man would bless himself by listening to God in this life; therefore, blessing himself in eternity.