Speaking the Truth in Love
People seem to be inherently religious. Studies have demonstrated that children, apart from adult indoctrination, intuitively know there is a Creator. In one major three-year study, researchers found that humans are naturally predisposed to believe in God and life after death,
The project involved 57 academics in 20 countries around the world, and spanned disciplines including anthropology, psychology, and philosophy. It set out to establish whether belief in divine beings and an afterlife were ideas simply learned from society or integral to human nature.
In one of the studies from Oxford, they concluded that children below the age of five found it easier to believe in some “superhuman” properties than to understand human limitations.
This should come as no surprise to believers who actually take God at His Word. The Apostle Paul told the first century body of believers in Rome a startling truth.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them, Rom. 1:18-19.
This declaration indicates that the knowledge of God has been placed into every human being. Not only is it illogical to hypothesize a creation without a Creator, God has put the knowledge of the great “I AM” into the minds of everyone. Paul later explains that men and women will suppress this knowledge. This is something we have seen as evolutionary brainwashing takes root when it is promoted exclusively in our public schools and universities.
Because humans are inherently religious, they have a tendency to fill up the spiritual void inside them with people, places and things. One very popular “thing” is religion. There are a many to choose from. They can be religions that involve a supreme deity, or they can secular in nature. The common factor among them is that they all fall under the “curse of the isms.” That is the curse placed by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob on all those who teach about God without the benefit of His Holy Spirit.
13 Therefore the Lord said:
“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the precepts of men,
14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder;
For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.” Isaiah 29:13-14
Without the benefit of the Author’s insight into His book, the Bible, one cannot hope to fully comprehend what they are reading. This was confirmed by the Messiah when He taught us about His Holy Spirit being our ultimate Teacher, John 14:26.
Saul of Tarsus aka the Apostle Paul was called by God to the one who would be in charge of reaching the Gentiles with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He understood the importance of being able to bridge the gap between God’s chosen people Israel and the pagan nations. God had previously told the Israelites not to intermarry with the Gentile nations. This was to protect them from the corruption of pagan influences. Sound advice that they did not always heed.
When the Messiah came, God’s plan would extend beyond the tribes of Israel to the rest of the world. Paul gave us the successful formula for being able to reach those who were worshipping false gods when he instructed the believers in Corinth.
20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessing. I Cor. 9:20-23.
J.B. Philips translates verse 22, I have, in short, been all things to all sorts of men that by every possible means I might win some to God. This is the “winsome” gospel presentation. At CSI, we too desire to reach the lost. We understand the wisdom of God requires us to learn about the Theory of Evolution. This serves a two-fold purpose. One is in order to point out the flaws in this false teaching, but the other is to educate those who have been indoctrinated into this evil and godless worldview.
We are offering a wonderful resource that tells us how to reach those who have been caught up in false religions and “isms” of this present world. By learning what others believe, we can follow the biblical instructions and find that common ground upon which to build a relationship. One that speaks the truth in love with the goal of winning souls, not arguments.
Submitted by Pastor Steve Rowitt, Ph.D.