Recently, I saw a video of college students being interviewed. They were being asked questions about American history. The vast majority of them couldn’t answer the simplest and most basic questions about American history. It seemed outrageous and unacceptable to me! Previously, I have seen this same interviewer asking similar questions of students with similar results in several other videos.
I believe this kind of thing is happening today, because for years, students within our education system have not been encouraged to value and thus learn from history. As a result, our children seem more focused on learning about life through the subjectivity of personal experience. This is what they seem to value most.
And this is one of the reasons why many Christians today rarely read the Bible. The Bible is a book of history. And many Christians are simply not interested in valuing and learning from a history book about other people’s lives. Instead, their primary focus is their own personal experience from which they make judgments about spirituality and God.
As our culture continues to change so will our values and principles. As we embrace the current culture with all its little gods of happiness and instant gratification we are slowly disengaging from the God that is revealed through Bible history. Without realizing it, we are redesigning God to fit the requirements of our new desires. He has become a benefactor but no longer a judge, one who blesses but no longer disciplines. As we continue to redesign Him our delusions will deepen.
Eventually, we may even consider true believers to be the ones who are deceived.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
Matthew 24:10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.
2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.