23 Sep Belief #1 – The Unseen Realm
2 Corinthians 4:4 – In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Ephesians 6:10-12 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Our oldest daughter, Ashley, attends one of America’s largest universities. She is bombarded continuously in classes, clubs, and conversations with beliefs that are at odds with biblical Christianity.
Ashley said that in her conversations she discovered four basic beliefs she finds lacking in most people’s understanding. Like four legs on a chair, until she is able to establish these truths for someone to understand, the conversation eventually falls over.
Belief #1 – The unseen realm. You cannot believe God’s Word or understand God’s world unless you embrace the supernatural. From beginning to end the Bible is about an unseen realm as real as the visible world. Faith is required to believe in beings as real as we are and who travel between these worlds, impacting and affecting human history and our daily lives.
Furthermore, everyone is both a physical being with a body that is seen and a spiritual being with a soul that is unseen.
As this worldly thinking overtook academia, belief in such things as angels, demons, healing, and prophecy was looked down on as primitive and naïve. Surely humanity had evolved beyond such archaic views. Christian colleges and seminaries seeking approval and accreditation eventually downplayed or dismissed the supernatural parts of the Scriptures. On the flip side, some Christian teaching about Satan and demons was wildly speculative and even heretical. Both forms of extremism and error were part of a demonic deception.
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