The Postmodern Challenge


Throughout the generations, Christians have had to defend the faith from heresies within and attacks from without. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us we must always be ready to give a defense for the hope within us. This defense is what we call apologetics. Christians are called to defend the truth of the Christian faith. There have been many in history who have disagreed about what is true. For instance, is it true that God is three persons with one essence? Is it true that Jesus was a real person? Is it true that there even is a God? However, there was often one thing that Christians and non-Christians could agree on; there is objective truth. Though we disagreed on what that truth was, we both believed SOMETHING was true.

In the 1960’s and the 1970’s, something changed. The nature of truth itself came under assault. Instead of being objective, truth became subjective. The way someone felt became more important than facts. Instead of one, knowable truth, there could be many truths. Christianity could be true for you and Islam could be true for someone else. Confused yet? Welcome to Postmodernism!

In Postmodernism, there can be your truth and my truth. While this sounds obviously wrong, this view of truth has begun to bleed its’ way into the church. Many Christians have fallen for the lie that other religions can grant access to God. Therefore, evangelism is not only seen as unnecessary, but even as a negative. If we tell someone that their understanding of how to reach God is wrong, we are often accused of being bigoted.

Postmodernism has also skewed the way many understand Scripture. We know that there are many different types of literature within the pages of the Bible. Whether it be history, poetry, or prose, each type of literature requires different means of interpretation. However, there are truths in Scripture not meant to be taken metaphorically. For instance, the Gospel narratives tell the true story of the birth, life, death, resurrection of Jesus. The fact that Jesus died for our sins and that salvation comes through Him alone, is a non-negotiable truth.

We as Christians, living in a Postmodern culture, must stand firm in truth. In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Truth stems from the very nature of God. This means that anything that strays from salvation in Christ is the antithesis of truth, and therefore we must be in the business of sharing the good news of Jesus with everyone we meet.

Truth for Doubt is an apologetics ministry dedicated to answering difficult questions unbelievers have about the Christian faith. We provide apologetic materials including articles, podcasts, and interviews. You can find our podcast by searching “Truth for Doubt” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud. If you would like to know more about our ministry or would like to become supporter, visit Patreon.com/t4d or Truthfordoubt.com.

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