Okay, then. I have no problem writing that sadly, some parents do try to “bludgeon” their young into artificial conformity. And it saddens me because those children will likely abandon faith rather than embrace it (you can read a few examples here: http://wp.me/p2wzRb-Y).
But consider this FACT: as children from a family of faith venture out into our culture, their worldview will be severely tested by a tsunami of ideas and trends that are absolutely opposed to everything they believe.
That tsunami of non-faith philosophies and lifestyles inevitably serves the exact purpose of H.P. Lovecraft — an American horror fiction writer who wavered between atheism and agnosticism — and others who are opposed to faith (especially Christianity, which is my faith).
That tsunami serves to bludgeon people into conformity with a world that acts as if there is no creator and no absolute truth.
Resisting the tsunami is challenging at the best of times. Followers of Jesus Christ (whom serious Christians believe is the divine Son of God) believe in what the Bible teaches:
- God is the real, eternal creator of the universe, this planet and everyone on it.
- God created the gift of freewill and stands by it, no matter how often we humans spit on it.
- God is a personal god who is involved in the lives of everyone who permits Him to live in them through his Holy Spirit.
- God is perfect and that’s his standard for every human being.
- God knows humanity can’t even agree on a definition of perfection, much less adhere to it.
- God offers Jesus Christ as a gift to everyone who is willing to accept Him — His life, His words, His sacrificial death (to make up for all the wrong things we’ve done and the right things we’ve failed to to) and His glorious resurrection.
At least some of these basic tenets are rejected by most of humanity. Perhaps you’re one of them. But are you at least open-minded enough to realize that what H.P. Lovecraft considered an “unbending quest for truth” is usually quite subjective?
A remarkably telling three-word sentence in one of the three Bible accounts of Jesus’ physical life on earth speaks volumes: “What is truth?” asked the political leader of Jesus, who had been arrested on the authority of religious leaders who opposed Him.
Jesus didn’t answer the question. Can you, with absolute objectivity? Without my Christian faith, I know I couldn’t.
So from your perspective, do you know there’s nothing behind all we see and experience? Do you know that morality is entire subjective? Do you know that when you die, ALL that you are will become NOTHING more than rancid worm food?
If you don’t know all this for sure, then perhaps you’re open minded enough to consider that maybe there is a creator. And maybe He does have a divine Son who died to make up for all the wrongs YOU’VE done and all the rights YOU’VE failed to do. And hey, if you’ve come this far, perhaps you’ll even consider that by trusting in this Son and following Him, you’ll have a permanent place with Him in Heaven.
What do you think? Post your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.