Dismantling the Postmodern Confusion

A few years ago, a Harvard University valedictorian spoke in complete seriousness the following to his graduating class:

“I believe that there is one idea, one sentiment, that we have all acquired at some point in our Harvard careers, and that lady’s and gentlemen is in a word, confusion… They tell us that it is a heresy to suggest the superiority of some value, fantasy to believe in moral argument, slavery to submit to a judgment sounder than your own. The freedom of our day is a freedom to devote ourselves to any values we please, on the mere condition that we do not believe them to be true.” – Emerging Hope: A Strategy for Reaching Postmodern Generations (pg 37), By Jimmy Long.

Amazing! The humanists at Harvard have actually turned insanity and madness into an art-form. In summary, he was proclaiming: The objective moral truth IS that there is no objective moral truth, and that any value we choose to follow is true, as long as we don’t believe it to be true. The guy probably went on to became a fantastic lawyer.

That said, our enlightened friend unwittingly said a few things correctly. For instance, anyone who believes that there is no absolute moral truth is consciously rejecting God’s ways and His Law. They will be given over to a state of utter mental confusion, since they purposely have chosen to exchange the truth for a pack of man-made lies:

“Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man…” – Romans 1:21-23

He also correctly pointed out that it has indeed become a politically correct “heresy” in America to suggest the superiority of any morality or values over someone else’s, unless of course the person is pushing the values of postmodern confusion, moral relativism, atheism, New Age, Islam, or any other faith on earth other than Biblical Christianity.

As Christians, one of our duties, whether the postmodern crowd likes it or not, is to attempt to remove their confusion and bring them back to a sense of mental and moral certainty. To do that, we need to re-teach them what truth really is. Without a proper understanding of the exclusive, revealed, and universal nature of truth, how can a person comprehend that salvation can “only” be obtained through faith in Jesus Christ and that nobody can successfully “roll their own” religion, morals, or values (Acts 4:12)?

Sadly, even within the Church, America is currently a mentally confused postmodern disaster. Just look at how many so-called Christians go to church, sing their songs, attend Sunday school, and come home feeling good about themselves – week after week, year after year, decade after decade. Yet, they do not know where they are going when they die, why a person needs to be saved, how a person can get saved, what the Golden Rule is (Luke 10:27), whether Christianity is better then Buddhism, or if the God Jehovah is different then Allah. Worse still, these people do not seem to care that they don’t know much of anything about Biblical Christianity, because they wrongly believe moral truth is relative and based upon their own personal feelings — “If it feels good, it must be right for me!” This anti-Christian self-seeking postmodern indifference, mental confusion, and spiritual laziness is not of God, but Satan:

But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. – James 3:14-17

It is extremely common to hear people today say things like: “We cannot know anything.” This self-defeating statement reminds me of the Greek philosopher Socrates (469–399 BC) who said:

“I know one thing, that I know nothing.”

Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) defined “nothing” as:

“Nothing is what rocks dream about!”

But, isn’t it ironic that many well known atheists say they hold doggedly to Socrates philosophy, yet they spend their entire lives writing books and doing college debates against Christians, because they ‘know’ there is no scientific evidence for God and there is no possible evidence which could ever change their minds? By definition, atheists must believe they are omniscient and know everything, which is the exact opposite of knowing nothing. Is it any wonder the Bible says:

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” – Psalm 14:1

According to the dictionary a fool is: “One who is lacking in judgment, sense, or understanding.”

Naturally, we should never insult anyone by calling them a “fool” (Matthew 5:22). But, since the Bible mentions “fool” 195 times, I firmly believe God want’s us to know quite a bit about fools and how to rebuke their foolishness. King Solomon (1034-976 BC) was the wisest man who ever lived, next to Jesus Christ (1 Kings 4:29-34). He has some excellent advice for Christians concerning how to deal with confused postmodern people:

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes. – Proverbs 26:4-5

These two proverbs on answering fools, have been used by countless fools for almost 3,000 years in an attempt to prove that the Bible actually contains a genuine contradiction and is therefore false. I’m sure King Solomon was chuckling to himself when he told his scribe to pen the two proverbs back to back, knowing full well that fools would miss the forest for the trees.

Many of the top most respected atheists in America sit on the secular humanist Project Reason advisory board. Their latest ridiculous and unbelievably un-scholarly error-ridden 33″x44″ poster-sized graph currently lists 439 “Contradictions of the Bible”. Number 31 (you have to really zoom in) is Proverbs 26:4-5.

But these two proverbs are not contradictory at all (and neither are the rest). In this particular case the two are complementary. The last part of each proverb is the ‘key’ to understanding the first part of the riddle. Verse 4 is saying:

Do not stoop to the fool’s level and argue with him. You cannot win that way, since by definition you are dealing with a fool.

Verse 5 is saying:

That said, you must answer a fool soundly, otherwise they will wrongly think they are wise. So, instead of stooping to the fool’s level and arguing, recognize his foolish assumptions and use them against him.

It basically works like the Japanese martial arts. In Aikido, when facing some gigantic brute, you never try to stop his blow with an equally forceful blow, you might get hurt. Instead you simply catch his striking fist with your own hand and PULL in the direction of his blow until he flies into a brick wall or any other hard object. Ultimately, your opponent literally destroys himself and you don’t even have to break a sweat.

You can also think of postmodern false ideologies as a rope. The humanist hands it to you, you kindly take it, tie a noose, hand it back, and let him mentally hang himself with it.

I gave a few examples of this strategy in Pulling Down Strongholds. Whenever a humanist says something that is self defeating (which is almost all the time), you simply give his flawed ideology  right back to them in the form of a question. In-effect, you are forcing the humanist to attempt to test his own flawed ideology upon himself instead of everyone else for once. If he is thinking straight and being honest, he will see the glaring contradiction which proves his belief is false.

A word of warning though, if you are a Christian, do not “directly” correct or rebuke humanists. It won’t work since they won’t listen to you. Everything is turned upside down in their minds. They think they are wiser then King Solomon and that Christians and their message are foolishness:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“ I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. – 1 Corinthians 1:18-21

Instead, you have to let them take themselves out mentally. Listen carefully to what they say, identify their false assumption, and then hand it back in the form of an extremely simple question. Here are some examples:

If a confused Harvard Graduate drops by your house and says, “We cannot know anything.” Just play a bit stupid, scratch your head, and ask him, “How do you know that?”

When someone says,  “There is no truth.” Ask them, “Is that true?”

When someone says, “You are being intolerant.” Ask them, “Are you saying you don’t tolerate my intolerance?”

When someone says, “Everything is meaningless.” Ask them, “What do you mean?”

When someone says, “You can’t know truth.” Ask, “How do you know that’s true?”

When someone says, “That may be true for you, but it is not true for me.” Ask them, “Is that true for everybody?”

When someone says, “All truth is relative.” Ask them, “Is that a relative truth?”

When someone says, “No one has the truth.” Ask them, “How did you obtain that truth?”

When someone says, “You should doubt everything.” Ask them, “Should I doubt that?”

When someone says, “You should not judge.” Simply scratch your head and reply back, “Hey. Isn’t that a Judgment?”

This wonderful technique is so simple and easy to use. The best part is that you are not actually “correcting” or “rebuking” the victim per se – they are. Therefore, they cannot really get angry and claim that you are forcing your beliefs on them. Lord willing they will begin to see their own gross hypocrisy for what it is and begin to seek certainty and truth over postmodern confusion.

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:1-7

Have a blessed day!

Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2011-11-2 Category: How to Answer Critics, Humanism