Without a doubt, Christianity is under attack. It has always been under attack ever since its inception when unbelievers killed Jesus and persecuted the church. In fact, the truth of God has been under attack since the creation of the world when the evil one entered the Garden of Eden and contradicted God's Word bringing death. From then to now, God's Word has been under constant attack, and Christians have been killed all over the world. In the 20th century alone, more Christians were killed for their faith than in all other centuries combined. In the Sudan, three million Christians have been killed in the past 30 or so years at the hands of Islam. Many Muslim run countries are persecuting Christians heavily by killing them if they do not convert to Islam. The United States is moving closer and closer to removing Christian influence from society altogether. It has been attacking Christianity in its media for years--portraying Christianity in a negative light at almost every opportunity. The Ten Commandments are being removed from courts. Laws are being passed to prevent Christian activities in public events. Even the word, "Christmas," is being replaced by "Seasons Greetings." In Canada, legislation has been considered that would make the Bible qualify as hate literature because of its condemnation of homosexuality. This could result in the police arresting pastors for simply preaching God's Word. Is the United States far behind? Is more serious oppression soon to follow? The momentum against Christianity is gaining speed.
In this pluralistic society where cults abound (i.e., Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses), where relativism has taken deep root, where the universities teach liberalism, and where evolution theory and atheism are growing, the absolute claims of Christianity are being met with increasing hostility. Unfortunately, the average Christian is very ill-prepared to meet the present battle let alone the more difficult future ones. Therefore, it is necessary--not recommended but absolutely necessary--that the Christian learn how to defend the truth of God's revelation and carry that truth into society and into politics. If he doesn't, he will eventually lose the freedoms granted to him and become the prey of the secular lions.
This section, "Evidence and Answers," is intended to help the Christian with documentation and answers to difficult questions so that he/she can more adequately and easily defend the truth. Remember, we have the truth, and we cannot hide it under a bushel. Christianity is not something that we do on Sundays. It is a way of life. It is the truth that the world needs in order to obtain forgiveness of sins and escape the coming judgment. Therefore, Christians should be determined to know how to defend it better and how to carry it out into the world in order to "make disciples of all nations . . . " (Matt. 28:19). The goal of this section, and all of CARM, is to help you do just that.
I hope that this information is helpful to you and is an encouragement to you as well. Do not let the lies of the secular overwhelm the truth of the sacred. Stand up and fight for the truth. Be loving and kind but be strong and unyielding in your fight against sin and in your proclamation of the truth of Jesus.
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