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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.



Today it is considered scholarly to claim you are searching for the truth.  On the other hand, it is considered unscholarly and narrow-minded to claim you have found the truth. Existentialism is a philosophy that claims to be searching for the truth.   For those who are existential in their thinking, everything is grey.  There are no black or white issues. 


 In  II Timothy 3:1-7 the Apostle Paul wrote about false teachers  who “were ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” In fact, existentialism goes back another millennium before Paul. 


In the days of the Judges, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”  Judges 21:25 To read the last chapters of Judges is to recognize that those people lived in very dark days as far as morality was concerned. 


Existentialism is the philosophical foundation for “The New Morality that surfaced in the ’60’s.    The book,  Situation Ethics by James Childress helped define and popularize this new movement.




New Morality is old immorality clothed in scholarly sounding language.  What does it teach? 

1. There is no absolute right or wrong. 

2. All truth and moral issues are relative. That is, what might be wrong for one person could be right for another. It all depends on the circumstances. 

3. Cheating, lying, stealing, committing fornication, adultery or disobey authority or having an abortion  could be right for you,  if you believe good can come out of it. 

4. The catch phrase has become, “if it has redeeming value.”  They mean by that, if some good could come from it, then is  right for you to do it. 


5. Existentialism rejects the authority of the Bible.  They take the Neo-Orthodox position that if it says something of value to you, that is fine; but what it says to you may not be what it says to me.  It’s up to each person to determine the value of the Bible for themselves.




According to II Tim. 3:7 we learn that false teachers are NOT ABLE to find the truth.  Why?  Because they have rejected Christ who is the source of Truth.  Jesus claimed in John 14:6  “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father but by Me.” So a person who has rejected Christ as Saviour, has forfeited the right and the ability to grasp the truth of God’s Word.  All who reject Christ will continue their futile search for Truth and never find it.



Although Satan is behind it all,  the father of this modern movement was Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish theologian who lived from 1813 to 1855,   His writings influenced Jean Paul Sartre, a French philosopher who wrote essays and plays all expressing the theme of hopelessness and despair. 

This theme was picked up by the Hippy generation of the ’60’s  who have had a major and lasting  negative impact on American culture to this day. 




The hippy culture has given to America the following philosophy. 

1. Anything goes. 

2. If it feels good, do it.   

3. Reject authority.  Rules and laws can be ignored. 

4. Do your own thing. 

5. Live for today.  Nothing else matters.  

6. Don’t concern yourself with others.  Live for yourself. 

This philosophy has affected  art, music, literature, dress styles and personal appearance  It has even worked itself into evangelical churches.  Beauty and order are OUT.  Ugliness and disorder are IN.  This philosophy has totally permeated our society and our American way of life over the last forty years.  

Ever since the ’60’s when the Bible and prayer  were banned from the classroom, education has dive bombed.  Academics are minimized and self esteem has been magnified.  Even if a person is a failure he is taught to think highly of himself. Construction has become shoddy.  Lack of service is common. Any business that stresses quality construction and good service is rare and has it hands down over the competition.   

Employees are only concerned with wages and benefits. They have little or no concern for quality or personal service or for the well being of the company who hired them.  No one concerns themselves with keeping appointments. If people have to sit and wait for thirty minutes or more, so what?  Let them wait. We go into debt for the things we want and when we are drowning in debt  we simply declare bankruptcy. If we can’t get along with our spouse, we take the easy way out and divorce him or her. 

This existential philosophy has resulted in a spirit of hopelessness and despair.  As a result  people have turned to promiscuity, divorce, drugs, alcohol and suicide.   They live with no absolute, ultimate truth.  You see this spirit in the blank, empty, sullen look in the eyes of rock stars and entertainers and in the lives of modern teens and adults who look to these stars as their role models.




What an opportunity we have as Christians as we live in the midst of this darkened and corrupt world.  The contrast between them and us should be huge. Listen to Paul in Philippians 2:14-16 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”   

Listen to Peter in  I Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, God’s own people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who called you out of darkness unto His marvelous light.”  


The world looks for truth and for real life in everything except Jesus who is the only source of truth and life.  The devil has blinded the eyes of the lost, lest they should see the glorious Gospel of Christ and  be changed.  II Corinthians 4:3-4 


What a contrast Christ makes! The joy of the Lord enlightens our eyes. There is a bounce in our steps as we move with purpose and excitement in God’s plan for our lives

September 5, 2006 Posted by | Existentialism | Comments Off on Existentialism

Discipleship # 10: God’s Concerns for Us

We tend to get ourselves in trouble when we concern ourselves with things that don’t concern us or when we fail to concern ourselves with things that should concern us.

In Luke 12:22-31 Jesus is reminding His disciples and us  of God’s concern for us and of the response that we should have.  It is our responsibility to stop worrying about ourselves and start  concerning ourselves with God’s glory as we in obedience to Him fulfill His  Great Commission  Let’s settle in our minds and hearts

1. What God’s concern is for us.

2. What our concerns should be for Him. 

Consider God’s Concerns for Us 

1. He cares about our spiritual needs. 

When God saved us He began a work in us which Paul in Philippians 1:6 assures us He is certain to complete.  That involves our sanctification and eventually our glorification.  See my series on SALVATION for more on this. Sanctification is the will of God for each believer. That is plainly declared in I Thessalonians 4:3.  That’s why He saved us; to be like Jesus. 

How does God sanctify us? 

Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “Sanctify them through Thy Truth. Thy Word is Truth.”    Paul writing in II Thessalonians 2:13 takes it a little further. We are sanctified by the Truth and through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.   

Peter in I Peter 5:10 adds that often it takes suffering to help us focus on our need for Christ and  bring us to the place of spiritual maturity.   

For that reason Paul in II Corinthians 12:10 teaches us that  infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions and distresses that appear to weaken us are actually strengthening us spiritually.  Paul summarizes in Ephesians 1:12 God’s purpose in saving us.  “That we should be to the praise of Christ’s glory.” That’s why Jesus invested His life in His disciples as we see it in Luke 12 and throughout the Gospels.  He was working in the hearts of His Disciples to make them Apostles through whom He could launch His Church as they passed on  the doctrine (the teachings)  they had learned personally from Him.  The summation of all Christ’s work in His Apostles and in His saints today is called SANCTIFICATION.   The New American Standard Version sums is up well in Luke 6:40 ” A pupil is not above His teacher, but everyone after he has been fully trained, will be like His teacher.” 

2. God cares about our emotional and material needs.  

God not only cares about our spiritual needs, which includes our sanctification; but He also cares about our daily physical and emotional needs. As a loving husband cares about meeting the physical and emotional needs of his wife and as loving parents care about meeting the needs of their children,  so God cares about meeting  the needs of His family.  Food, clothing, shelter, health and all other needs of His own become His concern.   The Bible is full of hundreds of His promises to us about this.  Listen to just a few of them. 

God’s Promises to you. 

After referring to our physical needs earlier in Matthew 6,  Jesus says in verse 33  “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

In Phil. 4:19 Paul, thanking the Philippian Church for their generosity to him writes, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

I paraphrase James 1:5  “If any of  you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and He will not scold you nor make you feel stupid for asking,  but will give you the wisdom you need.” 

 After Isaiah speaks of God greatness and power in Isaiah 40, he concludes with a promise in verse 29-31 for each of us who will claim it by faith, “He gives power to the faint, and to them who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they who wait upon the Lord shall renew or exchange their puny strength for His powerful strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”   Wow!  What a promise to claim.  The older I get the more this means to me.  

In Hebrews 4:14-16 is a wonderful promise for every Christian. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, who has returned to Heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession as Christians.  For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He was in all points tempted just like we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto His Throne of Grace , that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Are you troubled and worried about anything today?  Read the entire 37th Psalm and rejoice.  In fact, get acquainted with all the Psalms. 

Don’t Worry! 

That’s what heathen do.  They have to worry.  God is not their Father.  He only becomes our Father as we receive His Son Jesus as our Saviour.  John 1:12   They are still children of Satan.  John 8:44.  Satan could care less about them.  They have no one to care for them. They are strangers from God and hopeless, Ephesians 2:11-12 tells us. Don’t blame them for worrying.  But if you have put your trust in Christ, God is your Father and you have no reason to worry.  Instead, we can focus our attention on the things that ought to concern us as Christians.  We’ll look at those concerns in the next article. 

September 5, 2006 Posted by | Discipleship | Comments Off on Discipleship # 10: God’s Concerns for Us