By Ken Ham - President, CEO & Founder of Answers in Genesis-US, the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter
The Bible makes it clear there are only two worldview positions a person can hold—we’re either for Christ or against Him. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matt 12:30).
Also, God’s Word makes it clear there are only two ways to build a worldview—either on the rock or on the sand. “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. ... And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matt 7:24–27).
We’re also told there are only two ways to walk in this world—in light or in darkness. “Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).
These teachings reflect the fact that, in an ultimate sense, there are only two religious views in the world—beliefs built on man’s fallible word (darkness/sand) and the one that’s built on the infallible Word of God beginning in Genesis (light/rock). These two views have been in conflict for about 6,000 years, and the battle that began in the garden of Eden continues to rage before us today.
After God made Adam, he gave him an instruction to obey and then presented the consequences if he didn’t. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’” (Gen 2:15–17).
In other words, Adam, who was to be the head of the entire human race (as from him all human beings would descend), was told to obey God’s Word. It was a test of obedience.
The devil, however, came to Eve. Genesis 3:1–4 records: Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”
In other words, the devil claimed that you don’t need to obey God’s Word. You can be your own god and decide truth for yourself.
Adam and Eve did just that, and they disobeyed God. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate” (Gen 3:6).
And so began the battle of the only two religions. A battle between God’s Word and fallible, sinful man’s word—a religion of man being his own god and trusting his own word.
The same battle is raging today. Sadly, in our Western world, God’s Word has been denigrated and by and large has been thrown out of public schools. Now we have generations who largely believe they are their own god, and their worldview is predominantly one of moral relativism.
Once you cease building your thinking on the absolute authority of God’s Word, then ultimately anything goes, if you can get away with it.
Now, religions based on man’s word take on many different forms: Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age, Baha’i faith, Zoroastrianism, Satanism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Deism, Taoism, Shinto, Unitarianism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Materialism, Christian syncretism with evolution, and other belief systems.
In 2017, AiG conducted a unique conference featuring specialist speakers. At this conference, we wanted to equip people to know how to counter these man-based religions.
It’s so important for believers to know how to engage people who hold to a false, man-based religion. To assist you in becoming equipped, AiG is now making our entire world religions conference available as a DVD set titled World Religions Conference: Biblical Foundations and Modern Religions. Visit answersingenesis.org/store to get your copy.
Make sure you know how to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3) and be active in the battle over the two religious views!
Ken Ham is a former public school science teacher and the founder and president of Answers in Genesis, the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter. He is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. Ken has edited and authored many books about the authority of God’s Word and the impact of evolutionary thinking on our culture, including the best seller, Already Gone. Read his blog at answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham.
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