Christianity Under Attack

February 9, 2013

Christianity Under Attack

            It grieves me to hear people criticize Christianity.  Christianity has made a tremendous contribution to our society.  It would be easy to write off all the critics of Christianity and say they are demoralized foes of that which is right and good.  There is need of tolerance, however, because often they aren’t really criticizing genuine biblical Christianity.  Please understand that not everything that goes under the name of “Christianity” is genuine Christianity.  In this article we are going to examine some of the criticisms of Christianity and plead for sound reasoning.

There are those who say “Christians preach love, but they fight among themselves.”  As we said, not everything that goes under the name of “Christianity” is biblical Christianity.  There are thousands of splinter groups.  Some are reasonably close to the real thing and some are far removed.  Some groups call themselves “Christians” but they have added other writings to the Bible that they accept as equally authoritative, or even superior, to the Bible.  Some examples are the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons, and the Seventh Day Adventists. The Catholics have their tradition that often trumps Biblical revelation.  Genuine Christianity doesn’t accept any authority apart from the Bible. Revelation 22:18-19 says, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:   And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

 

When people say we fight among ourselves, it’s an exaggeration.  It’s true, we disagree, but I have never heard of Christian groups attacking one another with clubs, stones, knives or guns.  Often churches teach classes on what is call the “false cults.” It is never done belligerently.  It’s just a matter of saying “Here is where we disagree.”

We have a right, even an obligation, to defend the truth.  II John 7-11 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.    Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.    If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:    For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” Also in Revelation 2:2 we read “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” We need to know how to defend the truth in love.

One time we were in a worship service when a little neighbor boy came in and started going down the aisle passing out literature from a false cult.  We didn’t pick him up by the seat of his pants and throw him out the window.  We kindly showed him to the door and informed him that what he was doing was out of order.  II Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:   (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)    Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Let’s suppose that someone is attending a good Bible believing church.  All at once he leaves the church and goes out and starts teaching some false doctrine.  What can the church do about it?  Is there a law that says he can’t do that?  No, there is nothing the church can do.  Things like this explain the presence of multiple splinter groups.  The fact that they exist is not a fault of Christianity.  It is what is allowed to happen when we have freedom of religion.  We vote to keep freedom of religion, even though it allows for diversity of beliefs.

Some say that Christians are guilty of polluting the environment.  This, at best, is faulty reasoning and an unjust criticism of Christianity. This criticism most often comes from environmentalists who are on a crusade to save the universe.  This is the way they reason.

  1.  Industry pollutes the atmosphere
  2. The United States is the most industrialized country in the world.
  3. The United States has the highest concentration of people who claim to be Christians.
  4. Therefore Christians are guilty of polluting the atmosphere.

The truth is that China is rapidly becoming the most industrialize country in the world.  Can we assume that if that happens, us Christians will no longer be guilty?

The driving force of Christianity has been, and always should be, the salvation of souls who are lost in sin.  The result is that they are controlled by passions that bring them into defeat and disgrace.  Christianity has never been a force to save the environment.  Christianity does, however, promote clean living.  Genuine Christians aren’t the ones who are throwing beer cans in the street and polluting the air in public places with cigarette smoke.

Another criticism we sometimes hear is that Christianity is a hindrance to progress.  That criticism nearly always comes from those who have a distorted view of what is progress.  There are an increasing number of people whose ideology is that science and technology is capable of bringing about a utopia.  Their theory is that the decision making power should be in the hands of a few elite and everyone else should be in subjection to them. Those who give assent to this ideology are most often opponents to Christianity.  Christians give allegiance to God, not to some government officials who claim to have superior knowledge about what is best for people.

Most often these self-styled “experts” are just seeking power over others, and they really aren’t concerned about the wellbeing of people.  They take away human liberty and replace it with tyranny.  Social and emotional problems are rapidly increasing.  The Christian gospel frees men from the bondage of sin which is the cause of many social and emotional problems.  Christians can see that as a centralized authority gains power, they themselves will lose their liberty to make their own decisions.

Another criticism we sometimes hear is that Christians refuse to accept the advancement of knowledge and technology. There is what the Bible calls “science falsely so called.” “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called” ( I Timothy 6:20). There are dogmas, taught as science, when they are nothing more than theories.  The theory of evolution is a classic example.  It will never be anything more than a theory because there is no way to prove it.  Christians choose to accept the theory of creation.  Yes, it’s also a theory because it can’t be proven.  It is accepted by Christians for two reasons.  The first reason is that, to believe that  the material universe is the product of intelligent design, is much more reasonable than to believe that it’s the product of chance.  The second reason why it’s accepted by Christians is because it is taught in the Bible.

Numerous advancements in technology have been made by Christians.  The following are a few examples.

  •  Robert Boyle was a dedicated Christian.  He contributed a considerable sum of money to make it possible to translate the Bible in several languages.  He is one of the fathers of modern chemistry. He was one of the first to express in concise terms the law of compressed gas.
  • George Washington Carver was a believer who never hesitated to confess his faith in Christ.  He contributed much to the prosperity of agriculture in the United States. He taught farmers how to grow cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pecans.  To facilitate the production of peanuts he discovered 300 products that could be made from them.
  • Louis Pasteur was a Christian who accepted the Bible as the revelation of God. He discovered that many diseases were caused by microscopic germs.  He discovered the process of pasteurization to kill germs.
  • Other Christian scientists could be mentioned such as Issac Newton, Jonnas Kelper, and Michael Faraday.  They made significant contributions to scientific advancement.

It’s unfortunate that the critics of Christianity are quick to find faults, but are often blind to all the good that Christianity has done and continues to do.  It appears that critics of Christianity aren’t good at doing research.  Statistics show that charitable giving is highest in states where there is a high concentration of Christians and lower in states with fewer Christians.

Don’t be bothered, my friend, by what you hear from the critics of Christianity.  They are blind to the benefits that they too have received from the influence Christianity has had.  Many are confused about what is good for humanity.  I invite you to join me, and others, in the “defense and confirmation of the gospel” (Philippians 1:7).  I Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

 

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