Two major problems should be of great concern to the church in America: the biblical worldview continues to rapidly decline, and a majority of people who claim to be Christian are not even close. God, truth, the Bible, and the Christian faith take yet another hit according to a brand new study from George Barna and the Cultural Research Center. But it’s not quite a knock-out blow – yet.
The good news is parents still play a very significant role in helping shape their children’s worldview. The bad news is only 2% of young parents today actually have a biblical worldview, so what are they passing along to their kids? America, we have a problem.
It’s certainly a dilemma, but the brand new worldview study suggests it is highly unlikely that future children in America have a chance to grow up with any understanding of biblical morality and the Christian faith.
…One reason is they hold what is known as “Syncretism,” a blending of multiple worldviews in which no single life philosophy is dominant, producing a worldview that is diverse and often self-contradictory.
A similar and hugely popular worldview today is religious pluralism. This view can be defined as “the belief in two or more religious worldviews as being equally valid or acceptable.” This goes beyond the idea of tolerance, “Coexist,” or non-judgment. Religious pluralism “accepts multiple paths to God or gods as a possibility” and is usually contrasted with “exclusivism,” the idea that there is only one true religion or way to know God.
Since Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life, and the Bible teaches that we are saved by faith alone in Christ alone…
…English author Malcolm Muggeridge once said,
“One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.”
They believe in anything. And many are making a god in their own image.
What is fascinating is the fact Barna concludes that most parents of pre-teens are either unaware of or unfazed by the inconsistencies in their worldview which makes them ignorant of their own contradictions: calling themselves ‘Christian’ but living in ways that do not line up with the teachings of Jesus.
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