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Postmodernism and Satan’s Mind, Part 3

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“Get Thee Behind Me, Satan” by Ilya Repin (1895), Source Virtual Russian Museum https://rusmuseumvrm.ru (PD)

We resume our examination of postmodernism as that worldview reflects Satan’s mind, in particular the adversary’s attitude toward free will and the value of the individual [1][2].

Rejection of Individual Identity
A. The Lie

“People exist primarily as members of groups.  Identity is primarily collective [3A].”

-8 Tenets of Postmodernism

B. Satan’s Reason for the Lie

“When He [God] talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

C. The Truth

“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you…’” (Jer. 1: 5).

This claim by postmodernism is characteristic both of fascism and communism – the far right and far left.  The individual is insignificant; the state is supreme.

We can, of course, as individuals devote ourselves to a cause greater than any single individual.

But God is infinitely concerned with the fate of the individual.  St. Augustine is thought to have said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”

Read more…

Postmodernism and Satan’s Mind, Part 2

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“Satan before the Lord” by Corrado Giaquinto (c. 1750), Vatican Museums, Source Web Gallery of Art (PD)

We continue our examination of postmodernism, with a focus on how its tenets reflect Satan’s contempt for mankind [1][2].

The adversary despises mankind.  About that there should be no doubt.

Rejection of Humanism
A. The Lie

“Values that emphasize the creativity, autonomy, and priority of human beings are misplaced.  There is no universal humanity since every culture constitutes its own reality.  Groups must empower themselves to assert their own values and to take their place with other planetary species [3A].”

-8 Tenets of Postmodernism

B. Satan’s Reason for the Lie

“Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury.  And the sense of injury depends on the feeling that a legitimate claim has been denied.  The more claims on life, therefore, that [they]… make, the more often [they] will feel injured and, as a result, ill-tempered.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

C. The Truth

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1: 27).

Satan – morning star, son of the dawn, as Isaiah called him – considers himself vastly superior to us.  In intellect, beauty, and power, he certainly is.

But God is more powerful than the adversary by far (1 John 4: 3-4). Read more…

Postmodernism and Satan’s Mind, Part 1

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Adam and Eve, Gates of Paradise panel of Baptistery, Florence, Italy, Author Kurtukov (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

“Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

From the very outset, it has been Satan’s purpose to corrupt and destroy mankind as a means of attacking God.  Lies are a primary tool in the adversary’s arsenal.  We see this as clearly demonstrated today as it was in the Garden of Eden.

Unfortunately, human beings are all too susceptible to Satan’s lies, particularly since the Fall from grace in the Garden.  Postmodernism both illustrates this, and give us a glimpse into Satan’s mind [1].

For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, postmodernism is a philosophy or worldview characterized by moral relativism [2][3].  Its growing number of adherents deny the existence of God and reject objective truth.

Postmodernism’s specific tenets are examined in this series.  We begin with absolutes.

Denial of the Transcendent
A. The Lie

“There are no absolutes.  Even if there were, we would have no access to them since we are bound to our culture and imprisoned in our language [4A].”

-8 Tenets of Postmodernism

B. Satan’s Reason for the Lie

“It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.  Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick.  Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

C. The Truth

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…” (Isa. 5: 20).

When good and evil are indistinguishable, there are no limits placed on evil.  There are those today who would defend child abuse, claiming it somehow benefits the child. Read more…

Written in Stone

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Author Gerd Eichmann
(CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

Early Christians at first met in individual homes.  The oldest building known to have housed a Christian church was constructed between 293 and 303 AD in Aqaba, Jordan [1].

This structure predates the famous Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, both of which date from the 320s AD [2][3]. Read more…

The Only Way

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Oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator (6th Cent.), St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Author JoeyEspo984 (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me’ ” (John 14: 6).

Tragically, Bible-believing churches are becoming all too rare.  Many churches which claim to be Christian are seeking to attract followers by diluting the Gospel, and conforming to social mores.

One thing getting lost is acknowledgment that Christ is the only way to the Father.

Dr. Michael Youssef of Leading the Way Ministries https://www.ltw.org recently made that point in a sermon demonstrating that Christ is the central focus of both the Old and New Testaments, and the only true revelation of God.

Below is an excerpt:

“…in the Book of Genesis, He [Christ] is the Seed of the Woman that the Father promised Adam and Eve.

In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus, He is the High Priest.

In Numbers, He is the Smitten Rock.

In Deuteronomy, He is the Prophet [mentioned by Moses].

In Joshua, He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.

In Judges, He is the Creator, and the Final Judge.

In Ruth, He is the heavenly Kinsman-Redeemer.

In Samuel, He is the Anointed One.

In Kings, He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Read more…

Why the Trinity Is NOT Polytheism

“…The doctrine of the Trinity is the belief that there is only one living and true God.  Yet, the one God is three distinct Persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  These three have distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.  They enjoy eternal communion and are coeternal and coequal.

The doctrine of the Trinity denies tritheism.  Tritheism is the belief that there are three gods…The doctrine of the Trinity also refutes modalism.  Modalism is the belief that God is only one Person who appears in different modes at different times. The three Persons of the Trinity exist simultaneously… [1A]”

Biblical Foundation

Though the term “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible, there is strong biblical evidence for the Trinity.

A. God the Father

God the Father is mentioned in the both the Old and New Testaments.  See, for instance, Deut. 32: 18; Ps. 68: 5, and 89: 26; Malachi 2: 10; Matt. 6: 1; John 1: 18 and 6: 27; 2 Cor. 1: 3; and Gal. 1: 1 [2]. Read more…

40 Acres and a Mule – Black Farmer Debt

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African American farmer standing in a cornfield,
Alachua County, FL, Source Flickr,
Author Florida Memory (State Library and Archives of Florida/Local call no. Rc13671)
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Slavery in the United States denied multiple generations of enslaved people the opportunity to own land [1].

40 Acres and a Mule

During the final months of the Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Orders, No. 15 which provided for the confiscation of 40,000 acres along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida [2].

This was to be divided into parcels of not more than 40 acres each, for the settlement of 18,000 black refugees who had sought the protection of Sherman.   It is the source for the expression “forty acres and a mule”.

Most recipients assumed the grant of land was permanent.  Pres. Andrew Johnson, however, issued a proclamation returning confiscated land to any Southern owners who took a loyalty oath.

Congress eventually succeeded in enacting legislation which allowed at least some former slaves to retain their land.

Unfortunately, Reconstruction did not emphasize minority land ownership.  After Reconstruction ended, nearly all land allocated during the conflict was restored to its pre-war owners.

American Rescue Plan

The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) was to begin paying off the loans of minority farmers a year ago [3A].  That, at least, was the intention. Read more…

Unrequited

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“Marriage Supper of the Lamb”, portal tympanum at All Saints Catholic Church, Walton, KY, Author Nheyob (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

The relationship between Christ and His church has often been compared to a marriage.

Old Testament

In the Old Testament, Boaz – the kinsman-redeemer who marries the Moabite widow Ruth – is considered a foreshadowing of Christ [1].

The Song of Solomon describes the covenantal love of Christ for His church.  In medieval mysticism, this book was construed to apply to the love between Christ and the human soul [2].

On the other hand, the prophet Hosea’s troubled relationship with his wife is used as a metaphor for God’s relationship with Israel.

But God promises Israel:

And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness….You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married.  For…as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you” (Isa. 62: 1, 4-5).

New Testament

In the New Testament, John the Baptist describes Christ as the Bridegroom (John 3: 29).  This concept is reinforced by the parable reference Christ makes to Himself as the Bridegroom (Mark 2: 19-20).

In fact, the church is regularly referred to as the Bride of Christ (2 Cor. 11: 2; Eph. 5: 25-27; Rev. 19: 7-9, 21: 2, 22: 17). Read more…

The Wings of Morning

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Break of dawn at Banate Bay, Philippines, Author Dandy1022 (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” (Ps. 139: 9-10).

Merciful God, too often we seek to flee from Your presence…when the world is too much with us, when temptation beckons, when we know we have failed.

So often these moments follow on the heels of our greatest presumed triumphs.

Despite our many weaknesses, You stand by us – waiting to draw us once again into Your arms.  The wonder of this is beyond our understanding.

Hold us fast, Lord God.  Never let us go, that we may yet do the work of the kingdom for which You intended us.  We ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen

Originally posted 5/10/12

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Muslim Persecution of Christians

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“Fact:  The 2016 killing of a gorilla in Cincinnati received six times more [mainstream] media coverage than the beheading by ISIS of 21 Coptic Egyptian Christians who refused to recant their faith.”

-“Blaming Israel, Not Muslims, for Christian Woe” by Raymond Ibrahim [1A]

The mainstream media does not impartially report religious persecution.

Nigeria

In Nigeria alone there have been 32,000 Christians killed by the country’s jihadists over the past decade [1B][2].

Hostility toward Christianity is well-established in other Muslim countries, as well [1C].  These include Kenya, Somalia, and Mozambique.

Uganda

In Uganda (a religiously diverse country with Christianity widely practiced), it is not uncommon for Muslims to attack or kill family members for converting to Christianity [1D][3].

Egypt

In Egypt, numerous churches have been bombed by Muslims, over the years [1E].  The number of Christian women and girls kidnapped, then forced to convert to Islam and marry their abductors is record high [1F]. Read more…