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Liberal Education – Part Two
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Rebecca Droeger

Last week, I shared the history of my relationship with my cousin in Liberal Education – Part One.  I highlighted how we grew up with similar backgrounds, but wound up having completely different views politically, philosophically, and religiously.  Where he holds to the liberal philosophy of life, I base my beliefs on what God’s Word says to me.

What I found most disturbing through the course of our conversations was the fact that he does not believe in the inerrancy of the Bible.  Over time, the inevitable question came up about his faith; and of course, “how dare I” ask him about such a thing?  Just because he does not believe the same way I do does not mean he doesn’t believe at all; based on what he said, that is.

Basically, he was a bit shocked that I would ask.  The only reason I did was because we never really talked about it before.

When you grow up with someone; and you both grew up knowing that you had a Christian background, it does not automatically make one a Christian.  I had no idea whether or not he believed; and I thought it was a legitimate question.  I did not want to assume.

He shared with me a private story as to why he believed in God; and it really melted my heart.  To respect his request, I will not share it here; even though it is an excellent story.  I really hope that he’ll share it with more people some day.

Unfortunately, even the devil believes in God.  James 2:19:  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.

Now, I’m not here to pass judgment on my cousin.  I pray that my cousin has the relationship with our Creator that God intends for us to have with Him.  What’s tricky is sharing that message and being passed off as someone judgmental; because of course it specifically says in the Bible in John  3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

But when it comes to matters of eternal Salvation, wouldn’t you want to be exactly sure of what you believe?  I mean, if you’re going to have the view that the Bible is not entirely accurate, then 1) why do you have that view?  And 2) wouldn’t you have the slightest problem that the Bible claims it is 100% accurate; but yet it is lying to you?

I guess for someone who can pass off lies from politicians he believes so much in as “misspoken” words, then I guess you can grow to believe in anything.

Around the time we stopped debating, he was about to explain to my why he found the Bible not to be inerrant.  Before he did this, I challenged him to actually read the Bible and not what others say about the Bible.  I suggested that he read it starting with the Gospels, then going back to the Old Testament afterwards.  I implored him to study it; then decide again whether he really held the view that the Bible was not 100% accurate.

Based on some of the posts I’ve seen on his facebook page, I really doubt that he’s accepted my challenge.  I just keep praying that he will some day.  I will not hold judgment over him; it’s not my job.  My job was made clear:  to be the messenger.  Sometimes it will be by what I do versus what I say.  Whatever it is, I pray God’s Holy Spirit will be used through me as He sees fit.

Sometimes I think that I receive the admonishment of Ephesus in Revelations. 

Revelation 2:1-5:  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 

 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:  

And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 

 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.  .  I think I’m so wrapped up in doctrine, that I forget why I need to be sure the doctrine is not perverted:  because of my love for God and His people.

So, just remember that love before you speak to someone of a liberal background.  It does not mean you have to jeopardize what you believe in; or buy into false doctrine just to appease the liberal persuasion.  Just pause, pray, and ask God to help you with what to say.

As a final thought, I know that I have spent a vast amount of money on higher education that I’m still paying off over 10 years later.  I’m sure that even if he obtained a scholarship, that he incurred similar bills over the years.

What I find so fascinating is that I have had plenty of liberal professors over the years.  I could have easily looked to these professors for my life’s point of view; but I kept coming back to what I never had to pay to learn; God’s Word through His Holy Bible.  I can’t help but shake my head when I think that colleges turn out these students; proclaiming they have given these students an open mind when all their doing is promoting their own, humanistic view of life.

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