Some deeply disturbing news has come to the attention of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He tells us about it in this new post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Moral Truth? “It’s Up to You,” Say 58% of Americans. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Who defines moral truth? Well, according to a recent survey, over half of American adults (58%) say you get to decide what’s right and wrong for yourself. [Gasp!] And it’s not just those outside the church who think this way — it’s prevalent even among those who attend evangelical churches, with 46% rejecting the idea of absolute moral truth.
For a holy man like ol’ Hambo, this is horrible news. He says:
According to the research, only 43% of professing born-again Christians believe in the existence of absolute truth! However, almost nine out of ten adults (85%) who do have a biblical worldview reject the idea that moral absolutes do not exist and that people must create their own moral standards!
That makes no sense at all! Hambo tells us:
So, in the minds of Americans, where does “truth” come from?
[He quotes from the article about the survey:] The survey found that the most common notion is that God is the basis of truth — but it was a minority of only four out of ten adults (42%). Another four out of ten believe that either inner certainty (16%), scientific proof (15%), tradition (5%), or public consensus (4%) leads to knowing truth. The remaining two out of every ten adults said that either there is no such thing as truth (5%) or that they do not know the basis of truth (13%).
Can you imagine how this news affects ol’ Hambo? Somehow, he gathers the strength to continue:
Oh, just a side question here. For those who say there’s no such thing as truth, do they accept their statement as truth?
Wowie — that was clever! Then he gets back to being serious:
This study points to the increasing secularization of our culture — a secularization also impacting many in the church. [That’s horrible!] No longer is God’s Word seen as the moral authority that is foundational to (and governs) our beliefs and actions. [Oh no!] Instead, we get to decide right and wrong by what feels good for us. Which ultimately means that anything goes. [Gasp!] This is actually a natural consequence of the naturalistic evolutionary worldview that dominates our culture.
Ah yes, the “naturalistic evolutionary worldview.” Darwin is destroying the world! Hambo explains:
If there’s an ape-like creature in our ancestry [Ooook, ooook!], then we just evolved, there’s no God, and we get to set the rules. Moral relativism quickly becomes the belief of the day.
Shocking. Absolutely shocking. Let’s read on:
Even many of those who would claim God is the basis for truth likely don’t believe God’s Word defines truth. Rather, they believe that their version of God — a god they’ve created in their own likeness — determines truth for them. … All of this is exactly what happened in Genesis chapter 3 when the devil tempted Adam and Eve to doubt God’s Word and to be their own god. And because of sin, our nature is such that we want to question God’s Word and be our own gods to decide what is “truth” for ourselves.
Skipping a bit, we come to the end:
There is absolute truth. [Yes!] It comes from God and his Word, as God is the absolute authority for everything because he is the Creator. Let’s continue to point people — especially our children — back to the Word of God as our authority in every area.
In spite of the depressing news he reported, Hambo somehow managed to be very inspirational. Now it’s up to you, dear reader. Get out there and teach The Truth™
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