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A “Sign” of the Times

So sorry rabbi… Recently a friend of mine gave me a short clip out of a local newspaper to read (see below) and asked my opinion about what it said.  My friend knows that I’m a Christian and where I stand on issues of faith, but I think he was trying to get me to...

Starting a Grassroots Apologetics Ministry

Starting an Apologetic Ministry I had the privilege of speaking with Chris Arnzen of Iron Sharpens Iron Radio about the birth of New York Apologetics and how to start an apologetics ministry.  We know that "unless the Lord builds it, it's laborers labor in vain", so...

Beware the Hebrew Roots Movement

Hebrew Roots is dangerous! In my recent radio interview with Chris Arnzen on the Iron Sharpens Iron Radio Show, I was asked a question about the Hebrew Roots movement.  Although I've heard about the movement and knew some basic information, I promised to post some...

Who was Jesus? | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

The Deity of Jesus: the alternative | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

Jesus’ Divinity leads to Trustworthiness | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

Divinity of Jesus Difficulties | NY Minute

We're using the "Handbook of Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.  Today, we will be covering the above referenced subject in relation to the existence of God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major...

Evolution: Science Fable, or fact?

This hilarious video on evolution illustrates the absurdity of the Theory of Evolution and the consequences that follow.  On evolution, you have no significant value or meaning.  

Think God started Evolution? Think again!

The idea of theistic evolution has come under fire recently and rightfully so.  Several scientists and theologians have worked together to address the idea in a new book called "Theistic Evolution".  In it, they explain that the storyline of scripture, and...

Gospel contradictions as a source of confidence?

Can multiple eyewitness accounts be the key to getting the truth? As you watch the video below, ask yourself these questions: If many people are eyewitnesses to an event, does that mean that their stories must be identical?  Do their stories have to match verbatim?...

Seeing Truth Past the Camouflage of Culture

Sorry- No, you can’t have it your way!   By Pastor Ryan Galan

Some recent conversations with both Christians and non-Christians have reminded me of the dangerous effects of relativism mixed with the prideful human heart.  Relativism is a philosophy that says knowledge, truth, and morality exist only in relation to society and culture.  There are no absolutes or objective basis from which to determine them.  You take this philosophy mixed with a heart that is “…deceitful above all things, and desperately sick..” (Jeremiah 17:9) and you have a recipe for disaster.

It seems like the two were made for each other.  The human heart wants to be judge, decide what’s right and wrong, and determine what’s true and what’s not.  Relativism is exactly the type of philosophy that allows that.

 

The Christian

For the Christian, it wrongly means they get to pick and choose those verses and parts of the bible.  Some they like, and some they don’t. This was obvious to me in a conversation with someone recently.  They attempted to justify their disobedience by making the statement “I think we all need to figure out what’s right for us”.  This is not a statement that can be backed up from a Christian worldview and understanding of scripture.

To be in Christ means, it’s His way.  He doesn’t give us the option to pick and choose (see John 8:24, 10:9, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Tim. 2:5). God is the objective standard by which we understand everything else.  When we disagree with God, we are the ones that need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  For the Christian, sorry, but no- we can’t have it our way!

 

The Non-Christian

For the non-Christian, it often means picking and choosing from every worldview that’s ever existed!  What I found most telling in a recent conversation with a dear friend was her inability to ground any of her beliefs.  At times she would say “isn’t that in the bible”, and in the next sentence say, “how can you even trust that book”.  When it came down to it, she was happy to be the judge of everything that was right for her.  When asked, “how do you know what you’re saying is true?”, she responded, “because I know it in my heart”.

She had created her own “god” that agrees with everything she says, and loves her just the way she is.  Even in her denial of the one true God, she recognized there were still certain things that she clung to as objectively true, but had no basis for.  Therefore, even for the non-Christian, sorry but you to, can’t have it your way!

 

Conclusion

Although popular, relativism is foolishness and can never truly be supported.  If you are a Christian, you must recognize that Jesus is Lord of your life, and you are to do as He says.  If you’re not a Christian, please, I beg you, surrender and make Jesus Lord of your life because everything else is foolishness.

No one has it their way, and peace is only found in His way!

Ryan Galan

Pastor Ryan Galan is married to Eva and has 3 beautiful daughters. He is part of the New York Apologetics team and a former Marine who now serves as the Campus Pastor at CenterPoint Church, Bay Shore Campus.

His military experience gives him a unique point of view and approach to apologetics as he looks to recon the culture and bring to light the answers the Christian Worldview provides.  His posts are his opinions and do not necessarily represent the views of CenterPoint as a whole, and you can always feel free to contact him at ryan@cpchurch.com

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