Ideologies v Christianity
Christians experience many ideologies in the contexts of our days. Webster defines ideology as ‘the doctrines, etc. on which a particular political or social system is based.’ The United States’ Constitution is a collection of such doctrines, as is the Baptist Faith and Message and the economic system called capitalism.
How are Christians to know which are acceptable to follow?
For most of us, the Bible is our ‘proof text’.
If we cannot find a particular ideology taught in the instructions from God, we know that He does not approve, and, so, we must disdain it.
Examples include abortion (Exodus 20.13), homosexuality (Leviticus 18.22, Leviticus 20.13),
greed (1 Timothy 6.9-10), sexual promiscuity (1 Corinthians 6.18-20), and
narcissism (Romans 12.3).
We hear apologists for these systems of belief and practice each day in personal conversation, in newspaper and magazine articles and advertisements, and on the television and radio stations of secular society.
An OneNewsNow.com story by Jim Brown on August 11, 2009, discussed a study, by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, on how college majors and religious faith affect each other. Its findings are as follows:
Students majoring in social sciences and humanities are likely to become less religious during the years from start to finish of their college experience.
Students majoring in education are likely to become more religious.
Students majoring in biology and physical sciences remain about the same during their years at university.
Students were asked how often they attended religious services, how important religion is in their lives and their assessment of the impact of churches and para-church organizations in society.
I believe that Judges 2.7-13 helps to explain these results.
See Proverbs 22.6 and 2 Timothy 3.16-17 also.
Dr. Phil Mitchell, former history professor at the University of Colorado and currently teaching social sciences at Colorado Christian University, explained that ‘humanities and social sciences at most major public and private universities are no longer academic disciplines, but instead advocacy groups that are specifically anti-Christian.’
Why would professors and students of humanities and social sciences be systematically hostile to Christianity?
Pope Benedict XVI answered in his latest encyclical Cartias in Veritate (charity in truth). Newsmax.com reporter Edward Pentin quoted the Pope in his article on Monday, August 10, 2009, as follows:
‘”On the one hand, there are philosophies and ideologies, but also on an increasing scale, ways of thinking and acting that extol the freedom of man as the only principle, as an alternative to God, and thus transform man into a god, whose system of behavior is of an arbitrary nature.’” (Relativism)
He continues with a warning: ‘…ideological rejection of God and an atheism of indifference oblivious to the Creator and at risk of becoming equally oblivious to human values, “constitute some of the chief obstacles to development today.”’
Bottom line, humanists and social scientists detest John 14.6; they are not the way; their philosophies are not ‘the’ truth; they are dead without Jesus; and they do not like it!
This is the lie that satan told Eve in Genesis 3.1-7. Their opened eyes led to their discovery of evil led to their choosing evil led to their rationalizing their decision led to blaming and disobeying God because He did not agree.
And so, ideologies of man continue to degenerate and devolve the world around us. Notice God’s comments on this in Isaiah 14.12 and Jeremiah 13.10. This is the natural course when satan leads!
Is there any difference between Islam and Marxism?
Dr. Bill Warner, from the Center for the Study of Political Islam, described Islam as the confusion of two Korans, the life of Mohammad, and the resulting traditions over time. ‘Confusion’ because there is no alignment that promotes understanding; Islam intentionally confuses its followers.
Mohammad converted only 150 people to his peaceful teachings during his 13 years in Mecca. But, the jihadist movement during his next 10 years in Medina resulted in the systematic slaughter of his opposition and increasing control over the people and society. During the next 1,400 years, 270,000,000 Africans, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists have been massacred by Muslims. How many is that per year? Per day? Per hour?
Islam subjugates peoples to the controls of ideologists who use satan’s deceptions of choice: force, greed, ambition, selfishness, and sexual pleasure.
Marxism does the same. Allaboutphilosophy.org/what-is-marxism-faq says that ‘Marxism is a system of socialism of which the dominant feature is public ownership (the state, MP) of the means of production, distribution, and exchange.’
As in Islam, the relative few leaders in Marxism decide for the masses of people and enforce their dictates with fear and force.
As ideologies, Islam is the antithesis of Christianity, just as Marxism (socialism and communism) is the antithesis of capitalism.
Karl Marx is the poster child for knowing who is teaching the children!
He was born in Trier, Germany, in 1818 to Hirschel and Henrietta Marx.
Hirschel was a lawyer who abandoned his Jewish faith because of anti-Semitism when Karl was a child. Although most of Trier was Catholic, he became a Protestant and changed his name to Heinrich.
Karl was educated at Berlin University, being especially drawn to atheist and political radical Bruno Bauer, who introduced him to the philosophies of G. W. F. Hegel.
Spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/TUmarx completes the story of Marx collaboration with Friedrich Engels in implementing Hegel’s theories on class warfare.
Again, we see Judges 2.7-13 at work.
Our children will be exposed to the ideologies of teachers and administrators through teaching goals and texts that support fact or fiction.
What are Christians to do?
Read their texts; talk with their teachers about the curricula; and, above all, 2 Timothy 3.16-17!
If you find the worst, protect young minds from satan’s deceptions.
Remember God’s command in Deuteronomy 6.6-7.
Another way to stay focused on Christianity and not on ideologies.
Israel gave in to the ideologies of the nations that surrounded them and asked for a king.
Read 1 Samuel 8.4-7 and compare it to Jeremiah 13.10.
God knew the people would weaken and assimilate to look no different from their neighbors.
So, Moses wrote Deuteronomy 17.18-20.
Would writing out the Ten Commandments or Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount be a good exercise for all who lead countries, companies, schools, classes, and families?
How would this reduce our tendency to follow after ideologies?
Remember Colossians 2.8-10!
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