Letter: Religious debate sparks various views
Several months ago the Courier featured some letters to the editor that debated the inerrancy of Scripture, Christianity, and the truth of God. There followed thereafter a negative response by a reader who deemed the topics questionable and the debate pointless.
The discussion appears to have ended here, but, in reality, it is a global conflict that continues unabated. To quote theologian John Calvin, "A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent."
The hostility against Christianity is basically hostility toward biblical truth. Fallen man is in a condition from which he can only be saved by divine grace, received as a sovereign gift of God. And if that belief is denied, man sees himself as his own savior. "There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence," said Calvin. The real issue between the thinking of the world and the Christian faith is that of naturalism against supernaturalism. And it is certain that the world will always favor belief that does not see man as a sinner dependent upon divine grace.
The unregenerate mind, far from being attracted to Christlikeness and by truth, is antagonized by them. Eighteenth century Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards made the observation that "There is naturally a great enmity in the heart of man against vital religion." The Bible states, "As then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so is it now," (Galatians 4:29). Jesus warned his disciples, "If you were of the world, the world would love his own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you." (John 15:19).