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What is our agenda?

When does reason end and faith begin …?

Who do we trust with our Christian worldview? What defines your agenda? Is your agenda primarily driven by your rationalism, inherited from the days of the Enlightenment, using the analytical methods devised by such as Aristotle? Are we Christians who are forever balancing the unchanging truths of the Bible against the evidence fed to us by science? If so, how do we make the call, where do we draw the line between revealed truth and contrary evidence? Science tells us that the sun cannot be stopped in its path, that virgins don't give birth, that men can't walk on water, that seas don't part, that water can't turn to wine, that lepers can't be healed, that men cannot rise from the dead, that God can't create the World, the Universe and everything in six days. Have you lined up your dominoes yet? 

These are heavy statements, but the only way to really understand them is to take things back a stage. We must look at the root that is driving our agenda. If you are a Six Day Creationist, believing in the literal Creation of everything in six days according to the Book of Genesis, then that is your agenda and the root of your agenda is your faith in God's Word alone. It's not an easy position, it is the vulnerable under-belly, open to attack from the scientific rationalism that defines our age, which is why it is a minority position in today's Church.

Most Christians have to accept ridicule from their non-believing friends in their stance over Jesus rising from the dead after three days and then appearing and disappearing over a six week period before being whisked to Heaven in a cloud. For any born-again Christian this is non-negotiable, it's the bedrock of our faith, the absolute minimum requirement. We are declaring a belief in supernatural events, events beyond nature, inexplicable by science. We hold to these truths as Christians, through our faith in God's Word, yet our rational mind screams at us the impossibility of what we believe in. That's what faith is all about, being certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11).

Yet most of these same Christians turn to their Creationist friends and say to them, you can't be serious believing in all that nonsense! And when challenged, their only defence is what science has told them, indirectly through the media and the education system. There is no ready defence of their position within the pages of the Bible.

Is this your agenda? If so, then we must examine the root of your agenda. Could this be doubt, pure and simple? No, you haven't condemned yourself, you haven't stopped being a Christian, Jesus still loves you. But something may have crept in, something from outside of revealed truth. Something enticing, authoritative and convincing but, nevertheless, still from outside of revealed truth.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6) 

This has to be the key passage on this issue. Meditate on this, then ask God to reveal to you if you do lack wisdom. If you believe He is speaking to you, then ask for this wisdom in complete faith, even allowing for the possibility that you could have been wrong and have been deflected from the truth. Don't take my word for it, as I am just a mortal man with his own ideas. You must always leave the last word to the Lord Himself.

Steve Maltz

(This is an abridged extract from Steve's book How the Church Lost the Truth: And How it Can Find it Again,)

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