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Only Two Religions 1 - Explaining Modern Culture


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Heritage Presbyterian Church
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Only Two Religions 1 - Explaining Modern Culture

  1. 1. P e t e r J o n e s Director of truthXchange A Worldview & Culture Teaching Series by Ligonier Ministries Adult Sunday School Summer 2019
  2. 2. Lesson Slide 1 2 Explaining Modern Culture Video trailer Click below
  3. 3. Lesson Slide 1 3 Explaining Modern Culture Our Teacher • Peter Jones (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is an ordained minister in the PCA and the Executive Director of truthXchange, a cultural apologetics and worldview ministry that seeks to turn spirituality "inside out" by calling people away from a pagan spirituality of One-ism (the worship of creation) to the biblical spirituality of Two-ism (the worship of the Creator). • He is the author of many books, including One or Two, and The Other Worldview.
  4. 4. Lesson Slide 1 4 Explaining Modern Culture The Big Question How can we make sense of the breakneck spiritual and social changes happening right now in our culture? and How should Christians respond?
  5. 5. Lesson Slide 1 5 Explaining Modern Culture Series Introduction • If you survey the religious landscape of modern culture, you will encounter an astonishingly diverse range of views. But beneath the surface, these seemingly disparate spiritualities share a common worldview, one that is radically opposed to the Christian faith. • In this series, join Dr. Peter Jones as he examines the worldview and fundamental religious convictions that drive modern culture. He demonstrates that in the final analysis, there can be only two religions—worship of the Creator or worship of creation. • By better understanding the present cultural context, you will be equipped to more clearly articulate the Christian faith and worldview to a world in need of redemption.
  6. 6. Lesson Slide 1 6 Explaining Modern Culture Lesson Introduction • During the 1960s, the United States underwent a paradigm shift in religion. A once dominant Christian worldview was supplanted by a New Age spirituality that was anything but new. It was, rather, a re-articulation of ancient paganism. • This pagan belief system is not limited to certain late 20th century religions; it is the fundamental belief system of all non-Christian religions. One can thus draw a sharp distinction between Christianity, which worships the Creator, and paganism, which worships the creation • In the lecture “Explaining Modern Culture,” Peter Jones shows that there are only two possible religions. By better understanding other religions that share a common foundation, you will be better equipped to share the gospel with clarity and love.
  7. 7. Lesson Slide 1 7 Explaining Modern Culture Scripture Reading For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25
  8. 8. Lesson Slide 1 8 Explaining Modern Culture Teaching Objectives 1. To introduce the idea that modern culture is the battlefield between only two religions 2. To demonstrate how non-Christian religions share a similar ideology 3. To show the uniqueness of the Christian faith and worldview
  9. 9. Lesson Slide 1 9 Explaining Modern Culture Watch Lecture 1
  10. 10. Lesson Slide 1 10 Explaining Modern Culture Oneism & Twoism: 5 Points 1. All Is One and One Is All—Many people are beginning to think that God is the Spirit of everything. This means that, ultimately, man, animals, rocks and trees are all divine. There is no major distinction between God and Man. 1. One God, the Creator— God is distinct from his creation. Everything that is not God was created by him: the earth, animals and man, who alone is created in his image. God Oneism Twoism
  11. 11. Lesson Slide 1 11 Explaining Modern Culture Oneism & Twoism: 5 Points 2. Humanity Is One—If all people are Equal, no group has unique access to the truth. All humans are divine and must live together, accepting a common standard of morality and trying to become as like one another as possible, rather than emphasizing distinctions that can cause friction. 2. One in Christ Alone— The only true unity is created by common faith in Jesus Christ. God defines two categories of people: his children and those who are in rebellion against him. True Christian love knows no racial or economic barriers. Humanity Oneism Twoism
  12. 12. Lesson Slide 1 12 Explaining Modern Culture Oneism & Twoism: 5 Points 3. All Religions Are One— No religion knows the only path to God. All roads lead to the top of the mountain, from which we see the same moon. Religions should emphasize their similarities, not their differences, since they share the same mystical experience. 3. One Truth—Jesus says we can only approach the Father through him. Christians do not revere Christ as one great prophet among others. He is God in human form, come to rescue us from our sin. To spiritualize him as a Christ, present in a variety of religions, is to refuse him. Religion Oneism Twoism
  13. 13. Lesson Slide 1 13 Explaining Modern Culture Oneism & Twoism: 5 Points 4. One Problem: Amnesia— Since God is in all of us, is all of us, we should not worry about sin and guilt. If we wake up to the wonderful reality that we are God, we will eliminate the distinctions of sex, role and doctrine that divide us. 4. One Problem: Death through Sin—Sin has ruined our peace with God. We dare not approach him because he is so pure that we would be destroyed. Yet sin also destroys us. Without God’s solution, the problem of sin is insurmountable. Our Problem Oneism Twoism
  14. 14. Lesson Slide 1 14 Explaining Modern Culture Oneism & Twoism: 5 Points 5. One Answer: Look Within—If you want to be happy, you need to love yourself and stop feeling guilty. The more you believe in yourself and your own power—the more you assert that power for your own happiness, the sooner you will have a sense of freedom from constraint. You will enjoy a truly peaceful and fulfilled experience of God. 5. One Solution: Look to Him— God comes to save us. We do not find salvation in ourselves. We can admit the reality of our sin, repent, and receive God’s just forgiveness. Jesus became sin for us and took its guilt and punishment. He then proved his power over sin in his resurrection. He will transform us and receive us as his children to live with him forever. The Solution Oneism Twoism
  15. 15. Lesson Slide 1 15 Explaining Modern Culture Discussion Questions 1. What are some ways that Oneism manifests itself in popular television shows, movies, or books? 2. Within your own lifetime, have you seen your culture move further away from a Christian worldview? What are some areas in which you’ve witnessed this? 3. What are some motivations for Christians to take the time to study other religions? 4. Is the political arena an appropriate place for Christians to try to influence a country with their worldview? Why or why not?
  16. 16. Lesson Slide 1 16 Explaining Modern Culture Resources by Peter Jones • Only Two Religions (study guide) • Only Two Religions (evangelism tool) • (website) • (website) • The Other Worldview (book) • The Pagan Heart of Today’s Culture (booklet)
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