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Posted 5/10/13 at 12:16 PM | Larry Dozier |
The concept of a world view has received increasing attention for the past several years. Many books have been written on the subject covering about every perspective.
Frequently, speakers refer to the term, and on occasion even reviews of movies and music will include the phrase. In this study, we will define “world view” and consider how it molds the decisions people make and defines the way they live; thus, creating what is called, a culture.
A variety of definitions have been offered by numerous authors. For example, James Sire asserts that "A world view is a set of presuppositions (or assumptions) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic makeup of our world." Phillips and Brown state that "A worldview is, first of all, an explanation and interpretation of the world and second, an application of this view to life. In simpler terms, our worldview is a view of the world and a view for the world." Walsh and Middleton provide what may be the most succinct and understandable explanation: "A world view provides a model of the world which guides its adherents in the world." Once a world view has been established, one’s corresponding actions and perceptions are influenced by that world view. That is one reason why two scientists or educators can look at the same data and have two different conclusions. One of them sees the proverbial glass “half empty”, while the other sees the glass “half full”, depending on their world views. FULL POST
Posted 5/6/13 at 12:54 PM | Larry Dozier |
To oppose fairness is like opposing goodness itself, many Americans say. Money is made, contracts are negotiated and government legislation is approved, while suing the “fairness argument”. Teachers complain that it’s not fair for some children to live in the poor side of town, while others live in the rich side of town. Others site equal pay for equal work as fair. The federal government has created new laws that require employers to pay a minimum wage due to their views of fairness. However, closer examination of man’s ideas of fairness reveals a deceptive, destructive attack on the biblical views of justice and mercy.
The word “fairness” is a good word with a right usage; but our society has distorted the true meaning of fairness and is effectively communicating false ideas through a trusted word. That is why I have put quotations around the word “fairness” throughout this article. FULL POST
Posted 3/29/13 at 1:21 PM | Larry Dozier |
A recent survey from the Barna Group, commissioned by the American Bible Society, provides new insight. From the results, it’s easy to see why the Bible remains a cultural force in the United States. However, its future role appears to be very different than its past.
Source: The American Bible Society’s State of the Bible 2013 / Barna Group
Additionally, despite a generally high number of Americans who think the Bible is sacred, there’s also a fairly high proportion of Americans who at least somewhat agree the Bible, the Koran and the Book of Mormon are all different expressions of the same spiritual truths. Nearly half of Americans agree with that statement (31% of Americans agree somewhat, while 16% agree strongly), which hasn’t significantly changed since 2011. FULL POST
Posted 3/16/13 at 2:23 PM | Larry Dozier
Joshua knew that if God’s people rejected God’s Word-Will & Way, they would be overcome and ruled by an enemy whom God would raise up against them. (See Deuteronomy 28:13, 15, 43, 48)
When God listed the troops of the valiant warriors of Israel, God added a significant comment about the chosen men of Issachar. They “were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (2 Chronicles 12:32).
Today, Christians are being ‘shocked and awed’ by legislation, court decisions and public policies that are openly against Biblical morals and values. Every informed Christian realizes that something must be done. However, it is absolutely vital that wise, Biblical steps be taken.
Every one of us has been tempted/influenced by “the lie” of Humanism. If we reject the moral disciplines of God (God’s Word-Will & Ways), God will send us a strong delusion and then we will believe “the lie”. The philosophies that are built on the lie are as dangerous as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Because of this, God has warned us to “beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit…” (Colossians 2:8) FULL POST
Posted 3/11/13 at 1:30 PM | Larry Dozier |
Is that a typo? Don’t you mean the Great Commission? You remember, don’t you? The Great Commission as spoken by Jesus Christ? It’s traditionally defined as the most important mission of the New Testament Church. As you may know, it has been widely taught that every believer in Christ should be involved in “sharing the plan of salvation” (also called the Gospel of Jesus Christ) with as many as possible. And as enough people accept Christ as their personal Savior a new church would be started and lives would be changed.
As a young teenage Christian, I can remember when I was taught to share the plan of salvation with someone and lead them in the prayer of salvation, thinking that my God-given responsibilities were completed; but were they? Have you ever done that or felt that way? Is that really what the Great Commission says in Matthew 28? I’ve discovered that some things have been forgotten and therefore omitted. That’s why I called this article “The Great Omission”, rather than the Great Commission.
As a result, over the past 100 years some American evangelical churches have grown in great number. But have their lives been changed? And have they changed their culture? Have they been preaching repentance? Or perhaps many have been teaching an easy-believe-ism and sloppy-agape gospel? Many religious surveys have shown that divorce and other social maladies are just as bad in American evangelical churches as in the secular world. For example, in the USA, recent surveys have shown that around 75% of Americans call themselves “Christian”, yet our public schools and federal government seem to be running from anything that honors the God of the Bible or the Bible of the Christian God. Why? FULL POST
Posted 2/17/13 at 5:33 PM | Larry Dozier
“Of course not!” says John Q. Public. Ask a public school teacher or administrator and they will say, “No!” too. After all, US Public Schools rarely even teach about the well documented influences of the Bible on American culture. They certainly don’t promote one religion over another – right? Wrong! I believe that “Secular Humanism” is now the established religion in American public schools. And in this article, I will explain why!
Secular Humanism is a religion in the same way that Islam and Judaism are religions. The doctrines of Humanism have been set forth in two Humanist Manifestos. (1) The first tenet of Manifesto I states:
“Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.” The US Supreme Court has identified Secular Humanism as a religion. It ruled that the First Amendment grants the same protection and the same limitations on the “religion of Secular Humanism” as are applicable to other religions. (2) FULL POST