Why at all would something so different in views inflame someone? They would argue that they are offended in some way. However, to be offended, you must have this idea in your head that there is this idea of right and wrong. I mean, we have thrown morals out the window so who gets to decide if what I say is good or bad? If it hurts someone, how is that a bad thing? Who gets to decide what is moral? It's my opinion. You have your own. Why get mad at an opposing view
Now, you can take this one of two ways. Either I am a selfish bigot and a homophobe because I’m a Christian who believes the entire Bible is true and that also means homosexuality is wrong or you agree with this statement.
Does that make me any less human? You could probably argue that I am less than human in your view but then you would have to give a reason. If the reason is that I am heartless, cruel, racist, etc, where do you get this idea from? What is right and wrong? If you say society determines right and wrong, there is an immediate problem.
We are in the age of Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Madman". Nietzschene was a german philosopher who made it his life's goal to rid the world of God and His morals. The ironic thing about Nietzscene was that in "The Madman" he bemoans the day God and Christianity are killed off. The reasoning is that, though he was an atheist, he feared the repercussions of killing God and his morals. When I look at what is in the wake of this country's decline and it's stripping away of Christian morals, we descend into chaos and wars, of madness because you have stripped life of its source. You have removed the foundations to base any rightness on. Murder no longer is a crime but a disease. Pedophilia isn't a crime, it's a disease. We are all good people. Really? Has history taught you this or is that some strange notion you came up with to feel good about yourself? What then defines what is good and right? Society? That's laughable at best! It has to have a moral giver to define anything on the scale of right and wrong. But who gets to decide that balance? We will never agree on this if man makes these rules.
This is why Nietzsche said that Christianity did more good than any other institute in history. It gave the world a balance of right and wrong for all people. But when God is killed off and there are no morals, who decides if raping some girl is right or wrong? Who made you God to tell me this is wrong? My right may not be your right. Ravi Zachariah tells of this one instance he was at this university with this same question posed by a student. I don't remember the exact illustration but it was graphic and brutal about murdering a child. His question was is this evil or not? The student replied that though he did not like it, he could not say that what Ravi presented was evil. This is what is being taught in Universities.
When we take away moral laws, nothing is sacred, not even our own lives. We strip away the very meaning of existence and throw it into the void. A well-known evolutionist professor, Richard Dawkins, attacks God every chance he gets. As one blogger noted, "Not only has Dawkins ruined science, he ruined atheism too!" It goes on to say modern atheists in the field all want to shout and act like children rather than have an intellectual conversation. This is from an atheist point of view.
This next part is a quote from the article, "Must a Moral Law Have a Moral Law Giver?" by John M Njoroge. You can find the full article here. https://www.rzim.org/read/just-thinking-magazine/must-the-moral-law-have-a-lawgiver
"That morality is objective, binding, and inevitable is most evident to us when we are either the victims of injustice or when our sympathies for the helpless are awakened. Everything within us cries out against such experiences. A number of years ago, I read a story about a woman who had given birth through C-section in a certain country. In the process of the delivery, something went horribly wrong. The doctors, one would hope inadvertently, inflicted deep wounds on the baby’s face. The baby could not breathe and breastfeed at the same time. The doctors assured the mother that the baby would be fine in a couple of days and encouraged her to take the baby home.
Well, the baby got worse. When the mother took the baby back to the hospital, she discovered that, to her horror, the hospital staff had purged all the records of her ever having been to the hospital. They told her that if she ever set foot in that hospital again, they would call the police on her because of what she had done to her own baby. I cannot imagine any morally healthy person reading such a story without reacting strongly against the injustice. An unabashed craving for justice is deeply woven into the very fiber of our being, and it is strongly awakened in such moments. But as Ravi notes, such a reaction betrays the fact that we are very much aware of the existence of a moral law that applies to all of us. We can’t complain about evil without at the same time invoking the primacy of good, and to do so is to acknowledge that morality is objective."
In today's culture all across the world, not just in the United States, youth are desperately seeking answers. Everywhere the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) goes, it's packed to overflowing on weeknights by students. One professor at a university told RZIM that they were completely shocked to see so many students on a weeknight at the event. They never filled the stadium any other day of the week. But this happens all the time, Ravi says. He and his team are Christian apologetics who have filled the shoes CS Lewis and those with him left behind. And in recent years, the culture has begun to shift in a very dramatic way into an angry state where the crowd is more hostile to those who defend God and His laws. But when presented with the facts and reason, they turn a deaf ear and shout. They live not on facts but feelings. Feelings have become the god of this world. Reasoning has been thrown out the window.
There is hope though as Ravi points out. That hope is that more and more young people are desperately seeking answers for the questions that are killing them. The meaningless of life is haunting them with the question, is this all there is? Evolution and Dawkins cannot adequately answer the nagging question. But to embrace Christianity is to embrace rejection and resentment from peers.
One thing I have noticed is a vast difference between the United States and the other countries of the world. Its people are more polite, generous, more open to discussions. Here, if you speak something that someone doesn't like, the discussion is over immediately and then begins this angry name-calling, hatred in the air. There is no room for discussions. We leave that for the internet where we can hide behind the keyboard and have shouting matches with no real communication. We have lost the art of debate saying it only instills hate.
I think Ravi has it right when he said the United States has turned in that it is easier to talk with someone outside the States than it is to with someone here. There is this group of missionaries I also follow who do missions completely different than what we normally see. They reach the youth culture and have been doing this since the early 80s, having gone to places no sane person would visit. The reasoning is that if Jesus went to the outcasts of society and many teens are lost in these places, this is where they will go as well. You don't get people to come to church except those who are already conditioned. Those who are the outcast will refuse to step foot inside the doors. This is where the shepherd goes to look for the lost sheep, in lost places. You don't wait for the sheep to come to your church doors.
The youth around this world are caught up in the same youth culture as in the United States as proven by Stieger Internation and their No Longer Music (NLM) band and artists. David Pierce (founder of Stieger International and NLM) has two sons who watched as God did miracle after miracle after miracle throughout the years as their family obeyed God and went to the hardcore scenes of Amsterdam, Poland, Germany, Russia in the 80s when God and church were hated words and could get you killed. Today, they still do this, recently going to Turkey and Iraq performing where no Christian is allowed. But doors were opened and they went through risking everything to speak of Jesus. David's son, Ben Pierce just wrote a book called "Jesus In a Secular World" and describes in detail the problems with the Youth Culture across the globe. The moral absolutes of God haven't been stripped away but in fact, are still there. The issue is that nobody wants to voice or question these things because of the backlash they will get. The world is filled with fearful teens who want answers but are terrified of speaking up about these questions. They live in a world controlled by peer pressure who demands tolerance that has the opposite meaning of the definition. Tolerance is only tolerance if you agree with me. Otherwise, I will attack you for thinking differently. This is the world we live in today, not just in the USA but all over the world.
When you question moral absolutes and the rightness or wrongness of things, you become the target of hatred because nobody wants to wind up in a war. So we keep silent on these things and shout down anyone who drags up these dirty things.
These are two quotes I leave with. One is from CS Lewis, the other from Ravi Zacharias, probably one of my favorite quotes from him.
"I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things, except perhaps as a joke. Every one there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at the source from which it comes."
- CS Lewis
“When you say there’s too much evil in this world you assume there’s good. When you assume there’s good, you assume there’s such a thing as a moral law on the basis of which to differentiate between good and evil. But if you assume a moral law, you must posit a moral Law Giver, but that’s Who you’re trying to disprove and not prove. Because if there’s no moral Law Giver, there’s no moral law. If there’s no moral law, there’s no good. If there’s no good, there’s no evil. What is your question?”