The eternal human problem and the Bible. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

The truth of Scripture is always current. The Bible in Postmodernism.

All the problems of postmodernism was anticipated in the Word, hence the title contention: Scripture is always current.
The term postmodernism is generally designated a large number of art movements, cultural, literary and philosophical since 1970 until today.
One of the characteristics is that they are anti postmodernists - dualistic. They assert that Western philosophy created dualisms (black against white, West against East, male versus female, capitalism vs. communism) and that this way of thinking excluded certain perspectives or viewpoints.

This "open" position makes the Word of God sound "hard" in his ears, as the Scripture raises ethical and moral principles in absolute terms rather than relative:
• Good - Bad
• Men - Women
• Straight - Gay
• Disciples of Christ - Religion
• Holiness - Sin
• Kingdom of Light - Kingdom of Darkness

 On the other hand, postmodernism values ​​and promotes pluralism and diversity. Ensures seek the interests of "the other" (the marginalized and oppressed by modernist ideologies and political and social structures that supported them).
 This position is "open," which means to accommodate all without excluding anything or anyone, where everything is "good if you feel good" did not provide solutions to the problems of man, just trying to help you achieve a justification of the unjustifiable (because their conscience does not justify it) and therefore is a delusion, a mirage.
Faced with the clarity to set parameters of dualism White - Black, postmodernism added in the middle all the shades of gray, where everything is accepted:

• man - gay, bisexual, transgender - Women
• Disciples of Christ - syncretism (New Age) - Traditional Religions
• Holiness - not so bad, shades of gray - absolute evil
• Kingdom of Light - Alternative number - Kingdom of Darkness
 Obviously, in order to reject the Word of God and everything that means, they must first have a contact and understanding of Scripture. Paul speaks of them in his letter to the Romans in chapter 1:

 Although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but futile in their speculations, and their foolish were darkened corazón.22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became necios23 and changed the glory of immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (New Age) 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts, which lead to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one others.25 exchanged the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 Therefore God gave them over to shameful lusts. In fact, women did change the natural use for what is against naturaleza.27 same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he in turn handed them over to a depraved mind, to do what they should not hacer.29 were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 are senseless, faithless, heartless, despiadados.32 know well that, according to God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, but not only continue practicing them but also approve of those who practice. Romans 1 (NIV)


 The post modernist texts also state that-historical, literary or otherwise, as the Bible, have no inherent authority or objectivity to reveal the author's intention, nor can they tell us "what really happened". Rather, these texts reflect the prejudices, and was particular culture writer. In the case of the Bible, with 66 books and a variety of authors, styles, messages, levels, it is more difficult to understand and accept.

Moreover, truth is a matter of perspective or context to be universal. According to these philosophies, we have no access to reality, to the way things are, but only to what seems to us. Then "There are no truths, only different appreciations of reality".

 This is a feature that has a very large resistance to the Word, to the postmodernists there is no "absolute truths" but only "subjective truths and so on."
 In a society centered on the interpretation of "truth itself" speak of a truth that transcends time and cultures, because it is eternal, it is simply too much for them.
 To lead society within this current, there have been several "Masters" ("gurus") that guide the disoriented masses. All these situations were anticipated by the Lord, as is reflected in the Scripture:

1. But know this, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Two. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Three. unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of good,
April. traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
May. that a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3 (RV60)

  1 In the Jewish people there were false prophets also be false teachers among you who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Lord that bought it. This will bring an early destrucción.2 Many will follow their shameful practices, and because of them defame the way of truth. 2 Peter 2:1 (NIV)

 In contrast to modernity, postmodernity is the time of disenchantment. Utopias are waived and the idea of ​​progress.
There is a change in the capitalist economic order, from a production economy to a consumer economy. This creates a recurring cycle of satisfaction - dissatisfaction, achieving the first state in the consumption of "new". The problem that the new becomes old very quickly and then there is the second state. To be able to "feel good" the individual needs to make a new consumer.

Paradoxically, for a society that hates the "dualism" is extremely dualistic, from depression to euphoria. This is seen in almost all areas of society. Theoretically unstructured vision as posed by postmodernism should bring a relaxed state, but on the contrary there is growing anxiety and madness.
 Postmodern society is fickle and moody, from euphoria to depression in seconds, this is reflected in all areas: The politics, football, stock market, as it is written:
Who is so (variable) do not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 is minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1 (NIV)

This degenerates into a very great anxiety and stress, leading society to a crippling psychological state. This company has no peace, and this leads her to be contradictory:

• There is full freedom (if not debauchery) sexual and yet it is increasingly high rate of violations.
• Women sexually delivered easily, but more and more gay men.
• Richer societies are those that have more health, safety, crime and drug abuse.
• The technology to stay connected with all the time, but people are becoming more isolated and alone.


Socio-psychological characteristics [1]

1. Individuals just want to live the present, the future and the past become less important.
Two. There is an immediate search.
Three. Process loss of individual personality.
April. The only revolution that the individual is willing to carry out is inside.
May. He worships the body and personal liberation.
June. He turns to the mystical as a justification of events.
July. There is a constant concern about major disasters and the end of the world.
August. Loss of faith in reason and science, but in return worships technology.
9. He bases its existence on relativism and plurality of options, like subjectivism look pervades reality.
10. Loss of faith in the public.
11. Recklessness against injustice.
12. Disappearance of idealism.
13. Loss of self-ambition.
14. Disappearance of the assessment effort.
15. There are various disclosures about the Church and the belief in a God.
16. There are major changes around the various religions.
17. Fantasy literature disappears.
18. People are getting closer to inspiration 'via satellite'.
19. People learn to share the fun via the Internet.
20. You create permanent conspiracy theories to explain the great economic, political, social, religious and environmental.

This current situation of rejecting the Word of God, not particular to this era. There were many attempts to "disappear" Word and everything associated with it, including Israel. Just to name the two most nearby:

• The Russian Revolution (1917) God wanted to erase the collective conscious.
• National Socialism, wanted to eliminate the Jews and impose the Third Reich (January 30, 1936 to 1945) that would last 1000 years, with a religion itself, where Adolf Hitler was a kind of Messiah who would bring the New World Order, without God, no Jews, no blacks, nor homosexuals, nor Polish, nor gypsies, nor anything I disliked Adolf.
But the Scripture has gone through various situations how are you and God always kept His Word, which continues to thrive despite attempts to drown:
 8 "For my thoughts are not yours, neither are your ways my people, declares the Lord. 9 My ways and my thoughts are higher than yours, higher than heaven on earth! 0 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth : It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose. Isaiah 55 (NIV)


Conclusion:

 The Word of God is effective, because He himself said:
32. Isaiah 40:8: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God stands forever.
 33. Isaiah 46:10: (I the Lord) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do what I want;
 The validity of the Word is that it is timeless, and always has the right answer for every situation and there is nothing that the Lord has not anticipated.
The function of the Church is still the same as ever, preach the Word, teach and show all mankind as God has already anticipated everything and has provided for each output situation of oppression, a relief, a hope.


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