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Battle of Worldviews: Assumptions that Rule Our Lives pt 1

Battle of Worldviews: Assumptions that Rule Our Lives pt 1

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Published by Jim Johnson
There is a global battle going on. Christians have been duped by propaganda into fighting a false war. I point out the true nature of the battle confronting Christians and not the battle imposed upon them by the governmental system.
There is a global battle going on. Christians have been duped by propaganda into fighting a false war. I point out the true nature of the battle confronting Christians and not the battle imposed upon them by the governmental system.

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Published by: Jim Johnson on Jan 28, 2009
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The 200 Year War
©2009 J.R. Johnson 
 Part 1: Whose Wineskin isthis, anyway?
The Christian world is in direct opposition to the world that iswaiting to be born. Christianity has always been a faith that fights whenit finds itself backed into a corner. This age is the age, that Christianityfinds itself backed into the biggest corner of its life. In order for Christianity to be defeated, its true, historic nature must be exposed anddefeated. Defeating a false view of Christianity will not provide a permanent solution. The following section outlines the form of Christianity that will be engaged in this final, historic battle of the ages.
In Freshman philosophy in college, the new tool of philosophical reasoning in the hands of a young person, is likegiving a hammer to a five-year-old child: The youngster has nounderstanding of a hammer’s proper function. Such is the state
of the young philosophy student. He will often use his newknowledge to prove that the world does not exist. After all, hewill say, you cannot prove you are even awake. You cannot provethat your senses are telling you the truth about a world that existsoutside of your body. You cannot prove that the mind, in fact, hasany connection of any reality at all. We may all be living in auniverse that is all in our mind. Having thus eliminated the entireuniverse from existence, the student feels he has understood thereal message of philosophy.One thing is certain, though, about the freshman in hisunderstanding of philosophy; the student is quick to grasp theimplications of his newfound wisdom. The implications of hisreasoning lead him to assume that the universe is of our ownmaking. This liberates the student from all connection to ethicaland social obligations. This is what the student wanted to find. Itis a truly liberating feeling. The individual has been set free tocreate his own world to his own liking. After years of having toconform to an adult world that has insisted on its own way, thestudent is now intellectually armed to reject such a world. Of course, the implications of such thinking are not even thought outto their conclusion. Liberation from a world that a child does notlike, is the overwhelming purpose of his thinking. There are two events that will bring our student back tosome sort of reality. One, he falls in love with another personwho in his new way of thinking only exists in his mind. This newphilosophy is not as acceptable under the new conditions. Whowants to fall in love with merely a phantom of one’s ownimagination? That is not love, but merely intellectualmasturbation. While our mind may be satisfied with such a lovedone, our heart cries out for more than just a fantasy. The newphilosophy that sounded all so liberating, on second thought,reduced the whole world to one giant masturbation fantasy. Thatis not what our heart wants. What our mind may findintellectually satisfying goes against something inside of us thatdemands more of this worldly existence. The second reality disturbing event, is to get into adiscussion with another young philosophy student. The otherstudent has also written off the world he was taught in school and
by his parents. He also has come to the conclusion that the worldhe enjoys is of his own making. The discussion ends with both of the students denying that the other student exists. That maysatisfy a young ego, but both go away from such a confrontationwith a feeling of emptiness. To create one’s own world is notquite as satisfying as it sounds at first thought. After all, if I weregoing to create an ideal world in my own imagination, I certainlywouldn’t create it with such a jerk as the person that refused toaccept my egoistic interpretation.In this early reality check, we are brought into the firstproblem of all mankind, not just the freshman philosophy student.What type of world do we live in? How do we get to know thisworld? Is there any certainty in all of this? Does this world haveany laws that apply to human behavior? Is there a spiritualworld? Is matter all that there is? Is mankind free to build hisown world upon a world that contains only physical matter? These questions have plagued mankind for its entire existence.One of man’s great problems is that he wants to live like ananimal, but discovers such a world totally frustrating. Actually,what he really wants, is to treat others like animals and yet havethe dignity of being himself something more than an animal. This brings us to the basic battle which all men must tacklefirst. How can mankind understand the world he lives in forcertainty? Can his mind approach the universe and understand itwith his own reasoning mind? Actually, it appears on the surfacethat the mind is all that man has to understand this world. Whatelse is there? The problem for the adult in his philosophicalunderstanding is that he has trouble leaving behind his freshmanunderstanding of the physical world. He has matured beyondsuch a solitary understanding. And yet, the solution that isoffered does not seem to offer much help. He can with his reasoncreate a world with his mind. The problem is, everyone else withtheir reason can also create a world to their own liking.We are left with almost as many world and life views asthere are people. If this world is to function at all, there must befewer than six billion world views. If reason is to be our guide,there must be some method for narrowing down the number of 

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