Facing the lure of cultural and personal preferences.
Norbert Restrepo, President
Jesus asked the significant question, “When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8. If it was difficult for the Jews to believe in Jesus’ divinity even though they witnessed His blameless life and miraculous works, we can expect a greater challenge finding people with genuine faith in God in our postmodern world. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.
When the existence of God is affirmed, other issues such as the nature and function of God, how He reveals Himself, and how He communicates with man become decisive.1 All of these crucial issues require faith in Him who is the Truth.
But even in Heaven and in the Garden of Eden where the existence of God was clearly evident, God’s character, His law, and the truthfulness of His word were questioned. After the fall of humanity, God spoke to His children through prophets, but their message was often rejected, and the traditions of men were placed above God’s law.
Satan continued to undermine faith in God and His character through paganism, with its many gods reflecting human passions and ambitions. Later, his work continued through the rationalism and spiritualism of the Greek philosophers, the subtlest and most alluring form of paganism.2
Fast-forward to the Enlightenment, and we see a religious liberalism emerge as theologians accepted the presuppositions of rationalism.3 This prepared the way for the acceptance of a naturalistic-evolutionary worldview by neo-orthodox theologians such as Karl Barth, and the development of the historical-critical method of studying the Bible, which minimizes the need for faith in God and obedience to His commandments.4, 5
Today, we face the relativism of postmodern society. Will we replace simple faith in God’s Word with humanistic thought? Will we follow cultural and personal preferences, disregarding God’s principles? Oh, may we choose to please God and exercise faith in His Word!
1 Hasel, Gerhard F., Understanding the Word of God, 1980, p. 21.
2 White, Ellen G., Acts of the Apostles, p. 234.
3 Schaeffer, Francis, How Should We Then Live? 1976, p. 175.
4 Hasel, p. 20.
5 Adventist.org, information, official statements, documents, methods of Bible study.