Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Simple Worldview Test Of Deism

  • Discussion:
          -Deism is the belief that God created the universe, set everything in order, and has not been involved with it since. In other words, this viewpoint maintains that there is no supernatural intervention by God in creation. Deists rely solely on reason in their rejection of miracles and divine revelation. Also, this source notes the following:

          "Classical deism has existed since ancient times and centers on the idea of one Supreme Being who created all things. This thought system evolved in ancient Greek literature as well, and can be seen in the apostle Paul's argument for the Christian message to those in Athens in Acts 17:23-27."

          We as Christians should regard this system of thought to be outright heretical, since God has indeed given to us divine revelation and does interact with creation. The Bible describes in ample detail His character. It attests to His unsearchable graciousness, love, and righteousness. God desired fellowship and communion with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

          In addition, the Old Testament records Him intervening for Israel on multiple occasions. He redeemed the Jewish people from Egypt. In fact, God the Son descended from heaven above in flesh to make atonement for our sins. There may be times in this life when the Lord may seem distant, but we know very well that He is interacting with creation.

          Is deism even coherent as a philosophy? Not at all. How can a person on the basis of creation alone (physical entities) deduce the existence of logic and reason (non physical entities)? How could one come to grasp spiritual concepts such as sin and repentance without another source which would be divine revelation? If there is no ultimate, infallible spiritual standard to govern our worldview, then how can we determine truth in the midst of subjective, contradictory ideas? How can one derive morals from observing nature? Why reject the possibility of miracles when creation itself is a miracle?

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