Maybe it’s just Hollywood’s portrayal of the world, but I hear it in conversations with real people, too. Could be a chicken and egg thing.
I watched a PBS Masterpiece Mystery last week about a Roman cop known for his absolute integrity in an otherwise corrupt police force. This same cop then deliberately lined up all the necessary ingredients during the course of the show to have an affair with a married woman. Not as part of a sting operation. Because he was OK with having an affair with a married woman.
Does that set off alarm bells for anyone else? Am I to accept integrity applies to only one area in a person’s life?
I watched Joss Whedon’s Firefly this weekend. I love the show as much as your average nerd and quote it with the geekiest of them, despite the seriously flawed worldview presented. I mean, at one point the preacher actually says, “The Bible isn’t supposed to make sense.”
What? Of course it is. If the Bible doesn’t make sense, why on earth would a rational person read it, let alone believe it? The preacher in the show is otherwise presented as a pretty smart guy. Are we to accept that in this one area he’s a complete moron?
The worldview being presented in these shows is called “postmodernism.” One of its tenets is that it’s possible to hold multiple contradictory beliefs at the same time because ultimately nothing matters or makes sense anyway.
It’s the same view that says it doesn’t matter what you believe in as long as you believe in something. Where I come from, they call that “idolatry.”
If I hear one more person tell me “It’s true for you but not for me,” I might start throwing things. Some things are just true. It doesn’t matter whether you believe or not.
We accept this in the physical world. Most people would agree that by and large gravity will hurt you if you test it by stepping off a 20 story ledge without a parachute. Why, then, do we accept this notion that rules and consequences stop at the physical realm? That logic doesn’t have to apply to belief?
Consequences exist for non-physical behavior, too. You may not see them as quickly, but you will reap what you sow. Lie, cheat and steal and you will reap disaster. Live outside your means and you will reap destitution. Plan to do evil and evil will come back on you. It’s not karma. It’s consistency. God made the world to be consistent.
It’s people who don’t make sense, not the Bible. And the Bible tells us why. I believe in the God of the Bible because it makes sense to do so. Not just for me. For everybody.
All religions are not the same. Allah is not Jehovah by a different name. Buddha and Jesus are not brothers. Either something exists after we die or nothing does. This is logic. This is truth.
Some might say there is no such thing as truth. “Is that true?” I ask them.
I suppose this a cautionary tale, brothers and sisters. There is no such thing as mindless entertainment. Everybody has a message to share, and if it isn’t God’s, it’s Satan’s.