Ideas Have Consequences

JP: Worthwhile article on worldview and presuppositions by Henry Morris. Lamanzo Winch from Fourth sent me the article link. I highly encourage readers to click through to read the entire article.

Ideas Have Consequences

Excerpts:

Every idea, all religions (belief systems)–even scientific theories–have foundational concepts that are unprovable by physical means and intellectual acumen.

This is so commonly understood and widely accepted that we rarely think about this ubiquitous condition. Everybody believes in something. Even the atheist believes that there is no God; there is certainly no way to “prove” such a concept. All men and women have faith that their particular presuppositions provide an adequate basis for their actions and lifestyles.

That broad set of presuppositions is also known as a worldview.

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Belief controls life. Ideas have consequences.

  • What you believe determines what you think.
  • What you think dictates what you do.
  • And what you do dominates your life.

In 1981, Francis Schaeffer wrote A Christian Manifesto as a response to a “new” Humanist Manifesto. As he opened his critique of the humanist’s thinking, Dr. Schaeffer noted the fundamental “change in the overall way people think and view the world and life as a whole. This shift has been away from a world view that was at least vaguely Christian in people’s memory (even if they were not individually Christian) toward something completely different–toward a world view based upon the idea that the final reality is impersonal matter or energy shaped into its present form by impersonal chance.”

This wholesale shift in thinking has so permeated the evangelical church that most Christians struggle with the concept of an almighty, omniscient Creator to whom they must answer one day. The pervasive symptom of this change in thinking is the shift away from trusting the revealed Word of God as an absolute source of truth from the God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

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