“Naturalism’s Missionary Zeal”


People living in the 21st century are more aware of a few of the intricacies associated with the universe than any previous generations. This awareness rather than promoting genuine worship of the living, Triune God of the Bible has produced idolaters. Consider what Paul said in Romans 1:18-25: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they obecame futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, vwho is blessed forever! Amen.”

God’s created universe communicates a general message about God’s eternal power and divine nature. This passage lucidly teaches that all people have this basic knowledge of God; and, this knowledge is enough to leave them without excuse before God’s eternal condemnation of them. Yet, until their final judgment, self-deceived fallen man continuously and aggressively promotes the worship of anything other than the true and living God. Notice further, Paul states that humanity has “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” In our day, this lie is most visible with modern naturalism. According to Dr. John MacArthur, “Modern naturalism is often promulgated with a missionary zeal that has powerful religious overtones. The popular fish symbol many Christians put on their cars now has a naturalist counterpart: a fish with feet and the word ‘Darwin’ embossed into its side. The Internet has become naturalism’s busiest mission field, where evangelists for the cause aggressively try to deliver benighted souls who still cling to their theistic presuppositions.” In this article, MacArthur uses Carl Sagan, astronomer and renowned televangelist for the religion of naturalism, to shown how naturalism leads to hopeless insignificance and despair. Christians need to be aware that the aggressive, religious zeal of men like Carl Sagan present a Worldview that is antithetical to Christian theism. Take time to read John MacArthur’s “Naturalism’s Missionary Zeal”

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