Battlefield

Douglas Dobbins smashes one out of the park in his discussion of the foundational, internal battle we all experience:

>>”The natural person,” writes St. Paul, “does not accept the things of the Spirit of God.” The reason for this rejection is simple: “for they are folly to him”(1 Cor 2:14). There is therefore an antithesis between Christian thinking and the alternative.

This is an up and down, black and white reality. And we don’t just face this from afar. It gets right into our faces, at home.

>>We live in a pluralistic society, where our loved ones are often nonbelievers. The temptation for us, in such a society, is to minimize the antithesis in our hearts, believing that Christian and non Christian thought can cohabitate harmoniously. The opposite, however, is the case.

Dobbins firmly rejects the idea of tolerating rejection of Christianity as an honorable matter of opinion or taste.

>>Let us make no mistake, this world is against Christ. There is no honest inquirer, one who simply rejects Christ for the sake of intellectual honesty… We therefore, who are surrounded by unbelief, must not accept atheists at their word, as if they had judged themselves accurately. Indeed, experience testifies to this truth, namely that apostasy is connected to moral rebellion.

Dobbins is not just criticizing “those other people.” This is, after all, an internal struggle.

>>We cannot even trust our own thoughts. When doubts appear in our minds, telling us that Christ’s word is false, we are to remember the source of these doubts, namely our finite and fallen minds.

But enough with these excerpts. Go forth and read his whole column.

UPDATE: I’ve found another web column that explores this dilemma further. Check out Fr. James Schall’s discussion of “The Constant Temptation.”

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About Deacon Rick

I am a retired Deacon in Lakeland Florida.
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2 Responses to Battlefield

  1. J Boyd Baker says:

    Totally true! As C S Lewis wrote in “The Screwtape Letters” to his nephew “Wormwood”. “Don’t be sad that your subject joined a church, we do our best work there!” He could have included the whole of society as it exists today in the current moral, monetary, and leadership conundrum we have had foisted upon us.

  2. D Lester says:

    Great article Rick thank you, the last two paragraphs are the answer to keeping Christ at the center of our lives and guarding our hearts from the encroachment of sin and ultimatley the falling away or apostasy mentioned in the article. I couldnt help but think that a little old fashioned fundamentalism, which shouldnt be the bad word the world likes to make of it, is certainly called for in an age when the church is under such an attack. The apostasy of individual lives not held in check by sound doctrine is like a cancer on the church as a whole. When the authority of the Holy Word of God is placed in question by religious “authority” a generation of doubting, double minded “Christians” with no solid rock to stand on are “washed away by the waves of the sea and tossed by the wind”

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