In following up on my last post, I’d like to go in a little bit different direction with this one. My previous attempt in writing was to ask why we don’t ask more questions. When things aren’t as they should be, as many things currently aren’t—public health, the economy, wars and rumors of wars—it seems to me we should go beyond mere acknowledgement of the facts and seek answers.
After all, symptoms are only manifestations of an underlying sickness. Acknowledgment is the first step in treatment. Or, by way of illustration, what caused the cancer in the first place? Might we not be better off trying to find out why the cancer rates are rising rather than endlessly giving money in search of an elusive cure? If we can avoid getting sick, there’s no need for a cure.
Many people don’t seek ultimate answers because they are afraid where the truth might lead. And I understand this. Life tends to throw enough that is undesirable our way on regular day that we sure don’t want to go rootin’ around for more. But I also understand that ignoring causes really only ends up hurting us more in the end—physically, mentally and spiritually. As I said before, what we don’t know can hurt us.
It is the so-called “normalcy-bias” that keeps most of humanity in check—that is, blinded to reality. We are told everything is okay. The media tells us so. The government tells us so. Even the churches tell us, if simply by not addressing issues, not to worry. But it doesn’t take an advanced degree in logic to realize we are living in unprecedented times with humanity dancing on the edge of a precipice. I’m only pointing out what we all know in our gut. But the more out of control things get, the more we’re instructed to calm down, breathe easy, and go back to sleep.
An oversaturation of mindless entertainment, an all-consuming mania over sports, media manipulation, social-networking ad nauseum, toxic food, a steady diet of pornography, and a ridiculing of anything that touts traditional values or morality—these are just a few signs of the times, some of the factors that keep western society in its current trance. We have been distracted into a stupor and lulled into decadence.
There is one underlying “why” that I do feel compelled to advance. Beyond all that we can perceive with our five senses is a spiritual reality. The ebb and flow of intellectual, economic and religious history, the rise and fall of nations, the advancements and digressions of humanity, the development of science and technologies, the cyclical struggles between totalitarianism and free states—all of these testify to very real spiritual forces at work behind what the natural eye can see.
The Christian worldview, which is the philosophy of life grounded in faith upon the teachings of the Bible, offers the only framework within which everything finds its proper place and perspective. The world makes sense when viewed through the Christian lens. The puzzle pieces fit.
If I’m charged with being biased because I’m a Christian, then I will answer that I am biased because I am a Christian. We are all biased toward our individual philosophical and religious systems. And we all adhere to a particular worldview and place our faith in something, even if that something is science, atheism, or nature. I’m increasingly discovering that the more I learn and grow in knowledge and experience, I only find my faith in Christ and the Scriptures confirmed.
I like how Francis Schaeffer put it: “The more logical a man who holds a non-Christian position is to his own presuppositions, the further he is from the real world; and the nearer he is to the real world, the more illogical he is to his presuppositions.”
Everyone starts with presuppositions—assumptions we hold concerning reality—and then we make our daily choices accordingly. In other words, everyone has their own metaphysical and ethical outlooks about life. We place our “faith” in these, molding our lives and decisions around them. If we are honest in our quest for truth, we will continually evaluate what experience, common sense and empirical evidence are teaching us so we can test them against our deeply held presuppositions. If the latter contradicts the former, the fault is not with reality but with our faith system.
All this to say there is a fundamental spiritual dynamic at work, an ancient battle between good and evil that the Christian recognizes is between God and Satan. There is a war going on for the souls of men and woman. We need our eyes open that we might see and understand this. The abnormalities of the times can be viewed as what they in fact are—evil on the rise, with more and more of humanity choosing to cooperate with it.
All is not normal. If we admit there are serious problems, resolve to find answers and allow the truth of our discoveries to lead us where they may, we as individuals, and by extension as a species, will go a long way toward breaking the normalcy bias that keeps insisting everything is okay.
Nothing is hidden except to be revealed.