Saturday, July 14, 2012
Ideologies, Philosophies and Biblical Reality
There are endless ideologies - political and religious - that have developed and have dominated the human race since the Babel dispersion 4,200 years ago (Genesis 10, 11:1-9). These ideologies are all rooted in the fallen humanity (i.e., inherent depravity) of man, and are ruled by his sensual nature (i.e., the five senses that govern fallen man in this physical world).
There many different varieties of color gumballs in the gumball machine, but all are made with the same basic ingredients. So also is humanity. There are many different cultures, races, religions and philosophies (i.e., “colors”) in the world but all are of Adam's fallen race (i.e., the same humanity) - Romans 3:23, 5:12. All humanity is fallen and all need the Savior! (John 3:16, 17)
Webster’s Dictionary defines this as: 1) visionary theorizing; 2a) a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture; 2b) a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture; c) the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program.
The countless fallen ideologies of fallen man may work to some degree in time (based on the moral laws of nature and inexplicable causes, some more than others, etc.), but they are all absolutely bankrupt for Almighty God's holy and perfect heaven in eternity (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Rev. 21:8).
Religious Ideology Definition
Religion is the spiritual philosophy or ideology that attempts to answer the basic need of the human heart, which is the longing to fill an eternal void that exists in the absence of a right relationship to its Creator. This ideology is prevalent throughout the multitudinous cultures and various societies of Adam's fallen race. All human history attests to this fact throughout the last 4,200 years since the scattering of people over all the earth after the Tower of Babel.
Political Ideology Definition
Politics is the governmental philosophy or ideology that pertains to managing the natural or physical world in which man lives. Political ideologies establish beliefs (theories) and practices to best govern man in the light of the natural and moral laws of time. Political ideologies are primarily dominated by the religious ideologies of fallen man.
As humanity develops and out-works these ideologies and philosophies in time, the eternal spiritual absolutes (truths) and natural (moral) laws of Almighty God never change, nor will they ever. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation (Hebrews 6; 18a). For I am the LORD, I change not (Malachi 3:6a). My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips (Psalm 89:34). Almighty God and His Word can be totally relied upon.
In Romans 1:18-32 God tells us what happened after Babel and what were the end results thereof. Humanity had abandoned truth and reality for a delusion and a lie. They had replaced the righteousness of Almighty God with unrighteousness. For about 4,200 years, humanity has been out-working their godless, unrighteous ideologies and philosophies and have been reaping the consequences. The consequences and end results are vanity and death (Eccl. 1:14; Rom. 3:23). The Reality of life is that Almighty God sent His Son (John 3:16-17; Rom. 8:3-4) to redeem man and restore a right relationship between man and Himself (John 3:3-7).
Almighty God's Word states;
God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth (John 17:17).
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever (Psalm 119:160).
Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? To know Him is to know Reality. To know Him is to know Truth. May you be sure that your "ideology" and "reality" is rooted in the absolute reality of Almighty God and His never-changing Word. Your whole eternity depends on it.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
Gospel of John Challange
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