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CNG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together is reason relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know need to know from Alex McFarlane ministries. This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane what is worldview hi Alex McFarlane here with T and G radio.
We welcome program and a new year blessing it is to be with you again and were going to talk about you because many people say now even in the secular news that we are in a battle of worldviews maybe 10 years ago. The word worldview was pretty much relegated to use in Christian circles and theological discussions that the biblical worldview the Christian worldview as opposed to other worldviews, but now we hear so much about gender and identity politics and the struggle of progressive, socialist, left, right, and we are in a battle of worldviews and so I want to talk about that on this very first program of the year 2020. So we are in a battle where a lot of the things that have characterized civilized society.
Certainly for the entirety of the United States existence but really throughout human history. A lot of these things are up for grabs. Right now, and in the Western world in the US in Europe in the West higher education has almost declared war on common sense and so many things that are just it seems like in it, we would say anybody would know this, a male is a male a female is a female.
There are things that are objectively right there are some things that are objectively wrong. There are things that are just flat-out reality undeniable and yet so much of secular education public schools K-12, and certainly higher education colleges have just at at best turned their back on what was known to be truth for 6000 years of human history, and at worst are actively programming young people and students of all strata to turn against truth to turn against reality not only moral ideas and ideas about the existence of God and the nature of truth. But even physiology your own undeniable human biology that males and females are different meaning in in many a school that can be grounds for students being failed or dismissed the idea that men and women are different we are. A lot of words kicked around in the news today like intersection analogy and I want to talk about that a little bit but let me say this, there's a word in debate, obfuscation to obfuscate things means to make things unnecessarily complicated. There's another word that I'm sure you're familiar with words so for Street.
Now Filho is the word for love and Sophia's word for knowledge like the love of knowledge.
Filho, Sophia philosophy, the love of not only knowledge but really the love of truth, but the words sophistry implies a kind of trickery, using words to entangle people confuse people and into a state of confusion.
You can influence in and even lead and lure people.
Now Saul Wolinsky is a philosopher whose name is been kicked around in recent years because Barack Obama famously said that the thinker that he was most influenced by was Saul Wolinsky, Saul Wolinsky wrote a famous book, rules for radicals and I heard this I could barely believe it. So I went to see for myself. I went to a bookstore and I found a brand-new for sale copy of the book rules for radicals by Saul Wolinsky and yes indeed, as was rumored Saul Wolinsky dedicated his book to quote the greatest radical of them all the original radical Lucifer who wanted to overthrow heaven unsuccessfully I might add, so it's amazing that here's a man that in many ways applauded Satan, Saul Wolinsky, who is so influential right now and and there is the assumption among many people. Certainly this was the position of former president Barack Obama that we have to get rid of the existing order create intentional disorder to introduce a new order. Now think about this fix the sophist, the one who engages in sophistry does the same thing confuses people blurs issues to try to put in new politically charged words and ideas and words like intersection analogy and critical race theory, and the idea that everybody is inherently racist.
If you say that this behavior is undesirable, and this other behavior is good. You're only saying that because you're a racist it's distant or if you say that men and women are different than it's assumed or are in your accused of being a misogynist. If you're a male and you say males and females physiologically are different. You must be saying that because you're a hater of women, or something like that.
There's a lot of sophistry going on grammatical semantical gymnastics to confuse people near what are the good Lord made reality so that it's just not that complicated. Truth is really not that complicated. I think there is a God and he created all things God made human beings and we know right from wrong. We have a conscience and the Bible says it's written on every heart and in fact history itself and culture tells us is written on every heart will we know it's wrong to tell a lie. We know it's wrong to bear false witness and slander somebody deep in our heart we know it's wrong to commit murder to steal those. A famous author Flannery O'Connor and he said this years ago, Flannery O'Connor said truth does not change because of our inability to stomach so truth doesn't change Flannery O'Connor was right.
Truth doesn't change merely because of our inability to stomach it will come back we'll get to talk about truth worldview and the personal applications of them when we come back onto three new generation ready estate from I am a watchman ministries. Here's today's I am a watchman minute. Let me share a thought about patients.
Many are familiar with the story of Dan my how he was an official in the Persian court received permission to leave his post and help Hebrews in Jerusalem rebuild and with God's blessing completed the Great Wall project and just 52 days now. Nehemiah's burden to leave his post as noted in chapter 1, after which he prayed and prayed and waited for God to move chapter 2, notes that four months later, God presented an open door to speak with the king and request permission to leave. It took twice as long for permission to be secured than it did to build the wall. God's timing is not our timing, but it is always perfect.
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What we say saying what we mean an understanding that words have meaning and truth is not complicated, it really is knowing what is morally right morally wrong and were in a battle of worldviews, but but carefully, consistently, certainly prayerfully lovingly all of us, whether you're a believer or not we should be committed to that which is true. None of us want to believe that which is false and understand this, that there is a certain timelessness of truth, moral truth is beyond time. It's eternal because it emanates from the character of God and what was true still is true. What was false still is false. What was right what was wrong. These things don't change drumming clothing styles come and go, and they redesign automobiles and cars get updated but moral truth doesn't change and really ultimately all human beings will be judged in light of what they did with known truth is very frightening thing to ignore or outright deny known truth and we human beings.
I believe this is proof.
We have a sin nature. Outwardly, we argue and we try to rationalize and legitimize, and yet I was watching a program. It was sent a reality show with a psychologist on it and there was a married couple and that one spouse was flagrantly cheating on the other one and when cornered, the cheating spouse and the the the person with whom they were cheating.
They listen well, but you don't understand.
We were stressed. Our home life was, not the thrill. It had once been in that they listed you a dozen reasons to try and legitimize why they were committing adultery and the fact is the bottom line was truth is black and white you don't cheat on your spouse you don't break up a marriage that and all of the attempted legitimization in the world is not going to change the, the stark reality of when people stand before God and it's going to be a yes or no proposition.
Did you repent when the Holy Spirit called you to. Did you amend your sinful behavior in light of God's overtures to turn and engage in righteous behavior is the truth. Truth claims there are call propositions and you know all propositional statements are binary there either true or their faults, the USA is in the Western Hemisphere, either it is or it isn't that the state capital Washington is on the eastern seaboard not the West Coast, it either is or it is homosexuality is in harmony with the details of human physiology, or it's not. It's either morally right or it's morally wrong. Heterosexuality. It seems to harmonize with human biology. It creates the perpetuation of the human race. Children can be born.
It's not laden with not only the condemnation of Scripture, but the guilt of 6000 years of human society. So either it's true or it's false and so were in a battle of worldview and part of the problem is that we try to legitimize that which deepen our soul. The spirit of God has told us is wrong. Now worldview determines how we live worldview speaks to a number of issues like origin, purpose, destiny, where did we come from, why are we here where we going now at this point some people might say yes, but everybody's got opinions in the Christian worldview is merely an opinion but here's the difference about the Christian worldview the Christian worldview not only harmonizes with known moral truth.
People throughout history in all cultures that this knowledge of morality. You can call it conscience.
Thomas Jefferson called self-evident truth. Other thinkers like Aristotle have called natural law. We've all got this moral conscience about us but Christianity even goes beyond that and gives very specific truth claims about who God is why we need to be saved from sin what God did to send the Savior, and what was done to prove the identity and work of Jesus Christ is the yes it is a world of opinion.
Everybody's got an idea in a position in a preference and everybody has really dozens of subjective things they think and assume and say and often did Christianity do the specific propositional claims and remember propositions are either true or false Christianity's propositions are backed up with objective evidence Francis Jesus is the son of God that truth claim is either true or false. Either he is or isn't. Now a lot of people today that her relativist would say well it's true for you but not for me know it's it's not true for war against anybody. Is it corresponds to reality. He either is the son of God or he isn't. And in light of his miracles, is prophesied coming his virgin birth. His sinless life, his ability to physically resurrect himself from the grave in in light of compelling lines of object of evidence.
Jesus is shown to be the son of God, not objectivity stands above the fray of of human opinion and cultural tides and trends, and so when we say something is objectively true were saying is true whether anybody believes it or not. So Christianity does make many exclusive Vista claims there is one God there. There may be innumerable false gods. But there's only one true and living God. There are 10,000 ways to go to hell. There's one way to go to heaven and that's through a born-again new birth relationship with Jesus you repent you believe. Now these exclusive Vista tough as nails, claims they could be false or they could be true. What makes Christianity different the biblical worldview is different because the claims of Christianity are backed up by independent investigator will evidence that supersedes and eclipses anybody's opinion about the claims or about the evidence that this is worldview and the worldview that you hold for the fragments of viewpoints that you may erratically live amongst they might be true, partially true, they might be entirely false. But for your eternity not only the souls of people, but the destiny of the nation. It behooves us to believe that which is true, say to talk more about this when we come back if you're a Christian parent. You of course want to instill a biblical view of life in the hearts of your children, your pastor, you want to offer ministry that draws young families to your church. This is Alex McFarland encouraging you to check out my new book and video curriculum. The 21 toughest questions your kids will ask about Christianity. I interviewed hundreds of children ages 5 to 12 and we address actual questions from actual children. The spiritual issues that are on the minds of your kids Jesus everything the book and video lessons are great for groups of any size and was produced with the goal of equipping kids to stand strong for Christ in any situation. The 21 toughest questions your kids will ask the book study guide and video series.
You'll find firstname.lastname@example.org that AFA store.net Christians don't necessarily agree with one another when it comes to questions of religious pluralism, homosexuality, the role of government abortion and war. Too often, we manage these disagreements by ignoring them, yet were called to engage the world for the sake of Christ. How can we be effective if we avoid society's most pressing questions 10 issues that divide Christians Alex McFarland challenges us to drill down to the biblical core of 10 current issues such as social justice evil and suffering, photography, and environmentalism as he echoes the biblical invitation, this reason together only by engaging the Scriptures deeply thinking clearly and speaking truthfully can we, in God's family address our differences and discover the peace that comes with unity of purpose. 10 issues that divide Christians buying this book and many email@example.com timeless cruise in a soundbite culture for a new generation radio. Welcome back to true for new generation Alex McFarland here. And as we get into our continued our conversation about worldly I'm going to quote Proverbs 426 and if you have a moment and you're able to turn their turn. Proverbs 426. Why do I want to remind everybody that this summer were going to be at the Billy Graham training center at the Cove in Western North Carolina.
Just a beautiful beautiful retreat center. I'll be there July 27-31. I will be going through the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel Bible prophecy how God writes history in advance and I would love for you to be there will have ample time to talk and fellowship with people from all around the country coming to the Cove to learn the word of God and we're going to look at how God rights history in advance and I want you to be there together we will learn the Bible will go over Bible prophecy Daniel Revelation Old Testament and New Testament will talk about so many things in the be time for Q&A and I just look forward to getting acquainted with you over the last few years I've been to the coven.
Everybody's ever been knows what an amazing place. It is, and I've met a lot of friends from around the USA and Canada who come to the Cove and so their website is the Cove.org CO ZE the Cove.org and if you would just in a Google my name you'll find it there and I'd love to see you in late July as we go over Daniel and Revelation what you know talking about the end times. The Bible does predict that just before the return of Christ will be a lot of confusion, though, be a lot of people calling good evil and evil good, that's from Isaiah chapter 5 and it behooves all people as I said earlier the program to know what is true to know what is real and Proverbs 4 verse 26 is a good verse about worldview has were in this brand-new year, and more than ever.
All people really need to know that they have Christ in their life. Christians need to know that they're walking with the Lord and living out a biblical worldview, integrating scriptural truth in their life and Proverbs 4 verse 26 says this give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Some translations say mark out the straight path for your feet stay on the straight path.
The King James renders it this way. Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established okay when you ponder the path of your feet. The road you're on. Ask yourself in my living God's way am I following the Lord's blueprint for my life. The new year is as good a time as any to ponder the path that you're on and you can have your feet established on solid ground.
In fact, the rock of Jesus Christ, you can be steadfast in all of your ways when you build your life, your values, your beliefs or behaviors. Your priorities in light of God's truth and so pondering refers to what you think and believe the path you're on, refers to your destiny. You know it's been said very famously, so a deed and reap a habit.
So a habit and reap a destiny. But you know how that begins. Let's go back and I want to give you the full quote says so a thought, reap a deed, so a deed, reap a habit. So a habit, reap a destiny because beliefs begat behaviors whether their personal behaviors or national policy. That's why the battle of worldviews is so important to me just say this on to talk a little bit about how we arrived at what we believe there was a movie couple of years ago, life of pi and in this movie the life of pi PI. There was the story of a man and he tells a person he asks a person rather you believe in God and the man says woman to tell you a story and it will quote make you believe in God so that this age begins to tell his life story and he says as a child he thought of very different beliefs, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and then he tells the story that he was on a ship wreck and his family died and he survived on a lifeboat to learn to listen to this with the Tiger and a few other animals and so he tells the story of being adrift at sea and about with a tiger and some other animals and the listeners are very surprised. Then he goes back and he says well you know I really was shipwrecked in my family died and an evil person on the boat committed murder and I lived as an orphan and that the person says oh that's not a very good store and he asked what story did you like the story with the Tiger in the boat and the animals with me or the other story of just being the victim of murder and abandonment, and the persons that will I like with the animals.
The more colorful story. I like that story better and high says so it is with God.
Now the assumption is that belief in God is merely something people dream up to make life's story more beautiful or more enticing. And that's a fallacy because it it it's dismissive of the evidence for God. The rational necessity that creation had a creator that design has had a designer that laws come from a lawgiver, and we do live in a world of moral law and scientific law, but my point is this.
There is a fallacy called reductionism and when people say what unit you you Christians merely believe in God because you want there to be some great grandfatherly person up in the sky where you hope someday that your your relatives went to some sort of heaven may be your goldfish did in your your parakeet when they died. And heaven and God are merely the fulfillment of some deep-seated wish or need that you have Sigmund Freud set this Sigmund Freud basically assume that everything we believe emanates from our relationship good or bad with our father and believe in God is merely a wish for the ultimate father figure. What could be more big and fatherly than the, the divine arms of God want some people may believe in God out of a wish for something, but that doesn't explain all of the evidence for God and Sally were out of town right now but were going to in the next several weeks. Talk about worldview, why it matters and what is the rocksolid foundation of truth that God has revealed not only through Christ not only through his word, not only through the orderly creation around us. But deep in our soul, our conscience the truth exist. We can know it.
And in fact were all accountable for what we do with truth. So the truth is that God is calling us to Proverbs 426 to give careful thought to the paths of our feet and to be steadfast in all of our ways happily do that by building our ways on Jesus Christ to save TMG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarlane ministry, PO Box 10231 is borough NC 27404. That's PO Box 10231, Greensboro, NC 27404 Collis at 877 yes, God one.
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