The spirit of our age promotes all religions as equally valid and true and claims that all religions lead to God. The spirit of our age promotes all religions as equally valid and true and claims that all religions lead to God. Pluralism of our culture promotes that although all belief systems are superficially different they are essentially the same. Pluralism of our culture promotes that although all belief systems are superficially different they are essentially the same.
Syncretism- the pick and mix philosophy – from TV, culture, media, education and whatever is attractive at the time. Individualism- nobody has the right to tell anybody else what is true. All truth is equally valid even if it is wrong. Intolerantly demands tolerance. Sentimentalism- emotions rule.
“Think of these three “isms” as three sisters. Sister Syncretism is a fat and lazy girl who simply takes on whatever belief system seems attractive at the time. Sister Individualism is a strident campaigner for her own rights and her own independence against all authority structures. The third sister is a sweet and attractive girl. She is called Sister Sentimentalism. Sister Sentimentalist decides everything according to her emotions. She wants everything to be nice and wants everyone to feel good. She doesn’t want anything nasty to happen.
“The sentimentalist is “saddened” when things are harsh and intolerant. With such a longing for happiness and light, the sentimentalist seems the sweetest of the sisters. However, when things don’t go her way (especially when someone makes an objective judgment), Sister Sentimentalist can become strident, like her sister the individualist. These three secular “isms” are determined by one shared attribute: All three elevate individual judgment over all authority.” Father Dwight Longenecker
“ Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Dr. John Sinkey Chemistry Professor Clermont College University of Cincinnati
“Finally, a special acknowledgment must be made to the One Who controls oxygen alkali reactions (Colossians 1:16,17), and Whose guidance, when heeded, invariably proved to be perfect (Proverbs 3:5,6).”