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1 The Truth?????

2 John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life"

3 Psalm 119:160 Psalm 119:160 The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever. The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.

4 Isaiah 11:4-6 Isaiah 11:4-6 He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment.

5 John 1 John 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God Colossians 1:15-19 Colossians 1:15-19 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,

6 John 17:17 John 17:17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 15:26 John 15:26 But I will send you the Advocatethe Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.

7 How important is truth? Worldview Worldview

8 Matthew 7:24-27 Matthew 7:24-27 Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it wont collapse because it is built on bedrock.

9 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesnt obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.

10 Jesus as the foundation-ROCK Colossians 2:3 Colossians 2:3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

11 Materialism/Darwin as a Foundation-SAND

12 John 18:37-38 John 18:37-38 Pilate said, So you are a king? Jesus responded, You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true. What is truth? Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, He is not guilty of any crime.

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14 From the belief that a creator made human life and that human life was made with design and purpose, proceeds the ancillary belief that human life is, therefore, distinct. Consequently, not only is all human life equal in value, but also, all human life is unique from and more important than other life. Thus, man must be a good steward of the world in which he is placed. Therefore, more is expected from man than from any other being in creation. From the belief that a creator made human life and that human life was made with design and purpose, proceeds the ancillary belief that human life is, therefore, distinct. Consequently, not only is all human life equal in value, but also, all human life is unique from and more important than other life. Thus, man must be a good steward of the world in which he is placed. Therefore, more is expected from man than from any other being in creation.

15 Darwin changed that view, asserting that man actually was not very special after all. As he explained, (m)an in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble and, I believe, true, to consider him created from animals Darwin changed that view, asserting that man actually was not very special after all. As he explained, (m)an in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble and, I believe, true, to consider him created from animals

16 Today, the belief that man is in any way different from, or superior to, other animal species is known as speciesism,. Peter Singer, a founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) calls speciesism a form of prejudice, immoral and indefensible in the same way that discrimination on the basis of race is immoral and indefensible. Just as a racist considers those from another race as inferior, a speciesist considers those from another species as inferior. Today, the belief that man is in any way different from, or superior to, other animal species is known as speciesism,. Peter Singer, a founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) calls speciesism a form of prejudice, immoral and indefensible in the same way that discrimination on the basis of race is immoral and indefensible. Just as a racist considers those from another race as inferior, a speciesist considers those from another species as inferior.

17 Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his creator, for he is entirely a dependant being. a state of dependance will inevitably oblige the inferior to take the will of him on whom he depends, as the rule of his conduct.... And consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his maker for every thing, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker's will. Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his creator, for he is entirely a dependant being. a state of dependance will inevitably oblige the inferior to take the will of him on whom he depends, as the rule of his conduct.... And consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his maker for every thing, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker's will.

18 This law of nature, being dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original. This law of nature, being dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.

19 Leading legal theorists who acknowledged their debt to Darwin's ideas quickly interjected into the legal arena (and, therefore, throughout society and culture) a new approach that rejected transcendent values. For example, Justice Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938) declared that law must no longer work from pre- established truths of universal and inflexible validity because principles must vary with changing circumstances, (and) must be declared to be essentially relativistic. Leading legal theorists who acknowledged their debt to Darwin's ideas quickly interjected into the legal arena (and, therefore, throughout society and culture) a new approach that rejected transcendent values. For example, Justice Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938) declared that law must no longer work from pre- established truths of universal and inflexible validity because principles must vary with changing circumstances, (and) must be declared to be essentially relativistic.

20 Legal educator Roscoe Pound (1870-1964) similarly advocated that legal principles are not absolute, but are relative to time and place because nature did not mean to antiquity what it means to us who are under the influence of the idea of evolution. Legal educator Roscoe Pound (1870-1964) similarly advocated that legal principles are not absolute, but are relative to time and place because nature did not mean to antiquity what it means to us who are under the influence of the idea of evolution.

21 Objective standards for morality were therefore replaced by new values that, according to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), would now be based on (t)he felt necessities of the time, the prevalent moral and political theories... (and) the prejudices which judges share with their fellowmen. Objective standards for morality were therefore replaced by new values that, according to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), would now be based on (t)he felt necessities of the time, the prevalent moral and political theories... (and) the prejudices which judges share with their fellowmen.

22 Quite simply, under the non-theistic paradigm, transcendent, immutable values do not exist because, as explained by Singer, they draw on presuppositions-religious, moral, metaphysical-- that are now obsolete. Quite simply, under the non-theistic paradigm, transcendent, immutable values do not exist because, as explained by Singer, they draw on presuppositions-religious, moral, metaphysical-- that are now obsolete.

23 Very simply, the belief in a creator to whom man was answerable produced in man a self- restraint and instilled in society an expectation of individual accountability. However, today it has become an acceptable thesis in many quarters that man is not accountable for his behavior and also that he is not even responsible for it. Very simply, the belief in a creator to whom man was answerable produced in man a self- restraint and instilled in society an expectation of individual accountability. However, today it has become an acceptable thesis in many quarters that man is not accountable for his behavior and also that he is not even responsible for it.

24 Four Caveats Man is finite, God is infinite Man is finite, God is infinite Man is created in the image of God-therefore even secular philosophers, artists, novelists can perceive and reflect truth Man is created in the image of God-therefore even secular philosophers, artists, novelists can perceive and reflect truth The image of God in man has been marred by sin therefore we are all capable of being misled by our human nature The image of God in man has been marred by sin therefore we are all capable of being misled by our human nature Satan deliberately tries to mislead and distort- often very creatively Satan deliberately tries to mislead and distort- often very creatively

25 Ephesians 4:15 Ephesians 4:15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 1 Peter 3:15-16 1 Peter 3:15-16 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way

26 Ephesians 4:14 Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We wont be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.

27 Which of these should characterize us? Which of these should characterize us? arrogance feeble pride disdain indecisive contempt irresolute derision vacillating condescension ridicule mocking faltering contempt sarcasm biting arrogance feeble pride disdain indecisive contempt irresolute derision vacillating condescension ridicule mocking faltering contempt sarcasm biting

28 Courage Courage humility humility

29 The only way? What about Islam, Buddhism, Mormonism, etc? What about Islam, Buddhism, Mormonism, etc?


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