We live in an age during which people have become too clever for their own good. One of the results of the delusion of understanding is many have chosen to ignore the Bible outright based on their perceptions of “science” and the hypocrisy that grows in churches today. There are other reasons many people are either drifting away from the faith or choosing to ignore it before exploring it at all, but these two reasons are, in my opinion, the most prevalent causes.
Science as an excuse to ignore the Bible is a sad yet funny thing to me. As many have documented over recent years, it seems the more we learn from a scientific perspective, the more the Biblical worldview gains credence. Most scientists would never admit to it, but their decision to interpret observations through a secular worldview without considering the supernatural implications of these observations is likely part of the delusion that’s engulfed the scientific, political, and media worlds.
In other words, they see the evidence that the Bible is correct but they choose to paint it in a different light. For example, the rise of the multiverse theory is laughable when we consider it’s a replacement for Biblical creation. To believe in the multiverse theory requires an extreme level of faith that goes well beyond Biblical faith because there is no evidence to support it. Parts of the Bible have been corroborated by external documents, confirmed through archaeological discoveries, and fit perfectly with the known observations of the universe itself. By contrast, multiverse theory has nothing to back it up. It must be assumed with zero evidence other than its necessity to maintain the worldview through which it was created.
Most of us have heard the phrase, “begging the question,” but few realize it’s application in most cases is wrong. Most assume it means bringing forth the need for a question to be asked, but that’s simply not the case. According to Wikipedia, “begging the question” is an informal fallacy that occurs when an argument’s premises assume the truth of the conclusion, instead of supporting it. It is a type of circular reasoning: an argument that requires that the desired conclusion be true. That’s multiverse theory in a nutshell. It’s the perfect example of begging the question.
A better way to understand multiverse theory is that it adds infinity to the creation equation. Science has determined the extreme fine-tuned nature of our existence is impossible without one of two things: a Creator or infinite universes to change the understood math. When something is impossible, as our existence clearly is even in the minds of secular scientists, then an infinite element must be inserted into the calculus to explain why we’re here in the first place.
If you preclude the existence of a Creator in your worldview and you acknowledge the chances of our very existence are infinitesimal without one, then the only recourse is to revert to the absurd.
But it’s the second reason for the falling away from the faith that should truly concern us. Scientific discoveries continue to lean us towards a Biblical worldview, but the evils perpetrated in the name of Christ are getting worse. We hear of offenses by church leaders every day. We see Christians on social media saying vile things while their profile descriptions make them seem like true believers. We see Christians embracing political leaders with anti-Biblical worldviews.
All men are flawed. All men sin. But not all men sin equally. Many aren’t even trying to do as they should, and yet they’re being embraced by Christians as flawed vessels of good.
Between these two reasons to ignore the Bible, we’re seeing older generations fall from the faith and younger generations ignoring the faith. This is why it’s so important to remind them that they were foretold in the Bible.
Jude 17-18 reads:
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
2 Peter 3-4 reads:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Jesus told his apostles there would be a falling away from the faith in the last days. One can argue we’re seeing that unfold before our eyes. Just a few years ago, it was uncommon to see such outward displays of an anti-Biblical worldview as we’re seeing every day. We see it in our day-to-day interactions with the people around us. We see it on social media as scoffers have been emboldened by a society that frowns on Biblical teachings while embracing the secular worldview. Faith has been driven from the public square and continues to become less acceptable, especially when we’re trying to share the Gospel with others.
We may not be able to reverse this trend, but we may be able to enlighten people by telling them they were foretold. To many, the thought of being predictable is an insult. Perhaps by utilizing these two sets of verses, we can alert some who may still be open to the faith that that the Bible knew scoffers and mockers would rise in prominence in the last days. This may make them realize the growing consensus isn’t a sign of enlightenment but rather a sign of the evil of the world subverting the good of the Bible itself.
Whether they know it or not, most people follow the trends and are unwitting participants in groupthink. Perhaps by reminding them they’re part of a group that the Bible clearly warned about, they may be willing to explore the Bible more closely.