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Christian Dualism

October 09, 2018
By Donald M. Larson, PhD

In “Total Truth,” Nancy Pearcy tells a story about a theology teacher in a Christian high school who “strode to the front of the classroom, where he drew a heart on one side of the blackboard and a brain on the other. The two are as divided as the two sides of the blackboard, he told the class: The heart is what we use for religion, while the brain is what we use for science.” This anecdote represents one of the most dangerous trends in modern Christianity and is in opposition to Biblical teachings.

The reformers fought to unite knowledge and life into one sphere under God. We have transformed this one sphere into two separate categories which we call the sacred and the secular. The sacred belongs to God while the rest of life belongs in the secular category. This division is being used to remove religion from all spheres of public life and keep creation science in the realm of religion.

We, as Christians, unwittingly assist the secular humanists, as they move Christianity into this locked cage of private personal belief. We go to church on Sunday morning, but the rest of the week belongs to us so that we can seek our pleasures. We give little to church, but spend large amounts on clothes, cars, houses, toys, and vacations. We tell our children that God is the center of our lives, but only talk about Him on the way to church. We are told that secular schools are neutral, but in reality they oppose God in two ways. First, secular schools are based upon naturalistic presuppositions that are in opposition to Biblical teachings, and second, they teach that God is irrelevant to everyday life and learning by never mentioning Him.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “There are not two realities, but only one reality, and that is the reality of God, which has become manifest in Christ in the reality of the world.” It is difficult to teach our children to be salt and light in this world when Biblical morals and values are relegated to the reality of personal preferences. To overcome and be victorious in Christ, we must live consistently Biblical lives, be bold in our faith, and stop justifying our actions that don’t build up and edify Christ’s Kingdom on earth, so that our children will pick up their crosses and follow Christ even when it isn’t easy, convenient, or free. We must live all of our life for Christ and bring all aspects of our lives into conformity with scripture and glorify God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Only then will our children realize that there is nothing secular – it is all sacred.

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