Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Government Promotes Harmony Between Religion and Evolution

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The revision continues. It is sometimes called "Change". This time it is from the classroom.

A government funded website in California is promoting "harmony" between religion and evolution. Christians have filed a lawsuit, which was denied by the 9th Circuit Court and has now been filed with the Supreme Court.

The website, operated by UC Berkeley under a federal grant, urges teachers to challenge students' religious beliefs, that evolution contradicts their faith. The site, to support that position, also points the teachers to statements from religious groups and church denominations that support evolution, while ignoring religious groups that believe in a literal creation.

This is symptomatic of a larger and growing challenge for biblical believers and their families.

Not only is there a growing attempt to redefine and re-engineer family, marriage and our culture, but now to redefine Christianity as well.

A new Barna Group survey suggests it may be working.

Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute, who filed the lawsuit said, "We believe government has no place decreeing that some religious views are more correct than others."

I agree.

This is another piece of a greater scheme that is in play.

For example, there is a growing trend to declare, sometimes by a high profile personality, that one is a "Christian" while at the same time denying the basic tenets of faith of biblical Christianity. This past year Oprah declared she is a Christian, yet said she does not believe Jesus is the only way to the Father. Obama has made the same claim.

In this case, education is attempting to teach our children that biblical Christianity has made a mistake---a misunderstanding. There is no conflict between the biblical account of creation and evolution. And the biblical story is probably a story to help us better understand how we and our world have evolved.

Yesterday, I wrote about Bishop Robinson, a gay Episcopal minister, who says the church has gotten it wrong on homosexuality and until Christians embrace homosexuality we will not be properly modeling Christ's love to the world.

The new study from The Barna Group suggests that this revisionism may be working.

Barna's study found that among those who describe themselves as a Christian, nearly half believe that Satan does not exist, one third say they believe Jesus sinned while He was living on this earth and 25% say they don't believe that the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.

Barna says the shift among many Americans has resulted in an eclectic kind of faith and, "has resulted in an abundance of unique worldviews based on personal combinations of theology drawn from a smattering of world religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam, as well as secularism."

There is much more. I recommend you read it.

Clearly this is a call to parents to be sure your children are raised in a Bible believing church and even more importantly, in a home that teaches the Bible and lives it out in personal lives.

It would be well for us all to remember Saint Paul's words to the people in Corinth when he said, "There are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light."( ll Corth. 11: 13,14).

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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