Here is an observation by a noted Christian author that ought to be obvious but often goes unnoticed:
Many people do abandon their faith after they go off to college. Many Christians begin thinking that their earlier beliefs are narrow and limited compared to the exhilarating rush of knowledge they experience when they delve into contemporary psychology or when they find themselves accepted socially in the world of academia or the arts. They often then try to reconcile things that cannot be reconciled. If they retain a vestige of Christian beliefs, they feel constrained to reinterpret those beliefs in light of contemporary thought. They abandon the austere, all-consuming authority of the Bible but retain the parts they like. If their social and intellectual circles tolerate sexual immorality and abortion, they will make their theology similarly tolerant. If current ideas conflict with the Bible, then it is the Bible that must be wrong. …It is usually not the specific arguments against Christianity that unsettle one’s faith, but the whole atmosphere of contemporary thought. (Dr. Gene Veith, Loving God with All Your Mind; Wheaton, IL: Crossways Books, 1987, revised 2003, pp. 41f.).
We Christians sometimes forget there is war going on – a spiritual war – in which, as St. Paul says, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil…”
That which seeks to be captured in this war is the mind of the Christian, followed by the heart.
Christians sometimes are given the impression that they ought to check their mind at the door when it comes to faith in Christ. When that happens we are rightly portrayed as having a faith that is historically and intellectually bankrupt, indefensible; “belief” is mere belief, having no connection to real and timeless truths.
But this is not the case. Real Christianity, which centers on the biblical identity and work of Jesus Christ, is personal and defensible. It stands up against the most popular and intellectual worldviews of any age, including those of today that seek to equalize all religions, redefine the divine institution of marriage, and dismiss the biblical teaching on creation. And yet at the same time the Christian worldview offers a compassion toward all surpassed only by the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the world.
At the upcoming Biblical Worldview Conference of San Antonio (Feb. 6; www.worldviewsa.org), the defense for the truth of biblical Christianity will be set forth. Christians don’t have to check their minds at the door. Christians do not need to abandon the faith because of the supposed superiority of contemporary thought taught in schools and higher education. Five excellent speakers will be presenting on: the biblical worldview, Islam, the impact of same-sex marriage on Christian churches and schools, evolution vs. creation, and how to effectively communicate the Gospel of Christ. Everyone is warmly welcomed, especially students (high school on up), parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers, and any interested Christian.
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