Around 12:30 AM on August 1, 2020, outside a U. S. Courthouse, demonstrators in Portland, Oregon burned a Bible during a manufacturer protest by a lawless mob. Following the burning of the Bible, an American flag was thrown into the flames.
As the video of the protestors in Portland reflect, many of the cowardly masked participates are white, educated, but emotionally unstable young people. When asked the reason for their rage, there is no coherent answer, and therefore no willingness to reach a rational solution to whatever concerns them.
One reason why many of the protestors cannot be reasoned with is because they have no critical thinking skills. They have been educated, or better, indoctrinated in Liberal beliefs and causes but have never been challenged to examine what they believe, or why they believe what they do.
If one of these lawless, Bible hating, American flag burning protestors were to be asked why they were on the streets, night after night, destroying the sources and symbols of liberty and freedom, they would not have an answer. They would resent you asking, and hate you for opposing their mindless, and wanton destruction of property they do not own.
The protestors have no rational answer for their self-destructive, and other destructive behavior, because they have no knowledge of the truth. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
Truth is often defined by the Secular Humanist as that which corresponds to fact or reality. The Humanist then proceeds to declare what is true and what is real.
Christianity offers a better definition of truth. Jesus said, “I am the Truth.” To know true truth, look to Christ, and then define truth as whatever conforms to the mind of God. Whatever God says is right and correct. What has God said?
God has said that no one, and nothing, should be worshipped but Himself. By way of application in the twenty-first century, it is God, not government who is the source from whom all blessings flow.
God has said there is to be a rest from labor.
God has said that parents should be honored.
God has said that marriage is honorable, and every form of fornication is not.
God has said that stealing the property of others is wrong.
God has said that lies should not be told.
God has said that coveting what others have is evil.
When the Bible is burned, the attempt is being made to destroy God’s truth. Individuals want to silence the voice of conscience. They want God to go away. Not being able to get to God, the atheist, the agnostic, and the uninformed, will hurt His people, and burn His Book, the Bible.
Why do people want to destroy truth?
That is not hard to understand. Without God’s truth, individuals are free to promote their own thoughts, and give silence to the passion of covetousness.
Without God, without the boundaries of the Biblical teaching, individuals are free to desire what others have, and to get what others have, at any cost. Might makes right. If there is any opposition, destroy everything in sight.
When the Bible is burned, when God’s truth is destroyed, people can pretend they have created a new reality. What they really do is lie. They lie to themselves, and they lie to one another. Before long, a large part of society accepts The Big Lie.
However, in God’s world, in a world of true truth, pretending that men can marry men, or women can marry women does not alter ultimate reality. A homosexual marriage is no true marriage in the sight of God. This is only base animalistic behavior justified by perverted thinking. The language of society might condone it, but ultimate truth does not. “Have you not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female? (Matt. 19:4).
When the Bible is burned, when God’s truth is destroyed, people can insist that only some lives matter. The Bible teaches, truth teaches, and reality confirms that all lives matter. Jewish lives are just as precious as Black Lives, no matter what the Nazis said was true. The lives of the unborn are to be valued as well, despite the attempt to call the baby in the womb, fetal tissue.
When the Bible is burned, when God’s truth is destroyed, ruthless people can set themselves up as little gods, potentates with legal power, and call it government. The new government gods can tell others what to wear, what to eat, where to live, what work to do, when money can be made, and how. The lust for power over others knows no boundaries. It recognizes no truth, but whatever the bureaucratic potentates say.
If the new gods of government say that evolution is true, and must be taught in public schools, so be it. The agents of government have to be careful, and not let even a child ask a simple question.
“Atheistic Teacher, what came first, the chicken or the egg?” And teacher, “If the chicken came first in the evolutionary process and laid an egg, was the egg fertilized?” “How did that happen?”
What can the godless teacher say but, “Hush child. Be quiet, listen, and believe what I tell you.”
Once more the point is established. Individuals may profess themselves to be wise, but they are not. Ultimate reality does not change. God’s word does not change. It was God who made together male and female, at the same time, and not by some evolutionary process. “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so” (Gen. 1:24).
All of life speaks of intelligent design. The universe is intricate and precise. It necessitates an intelligent, powerful Creator. The universe cannot be the product of any random chemical process, and unintelligent physical forces fortuitously coming together. Logic demands there be an Intelligent Designer. Theologians call this, The Teleological Argument for God. Non-theologians call this, Common Sense.
While an honest Secular Humanist might concede the universe has intelligent design, wisdom, attributes for the intelligent design to God. Richard Dawkins (b.1941), and other theists, do not know why people laugh when they try to explain how everything comes from nothing, and how nothing can produce the complexity of the universe. Their understanding is darkened (Eph. 4:18). What is so clear to a thoughtful person is unclear to them.
Because the understanding of the Natural Man is darkened, there is no gratitude for what God has done for them, by giving them air to breath, a body to express their will, emotions, and intellect, and adequate health.
The Christians does understand God is Creator, and stops to give thanks unto the Lord. “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 107:1).