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Yet, in today’s American society, I wonder if too many Christians have as their primary goal, the “saving” or turning of society? The argument goes something like this: America began as a Christian nation. Over time, things began to change. Humanism snuck in and took control of too many venues to note here, but chief of which was the secular school system, the one started by John Dewey (Socialist). Because we have gone off course, we Christians have an obligation to return America to its founding roots.
It is interesting to consider the fact that in a country like China where atheism is rampant and encouraged, even there, people cannot be stopped from looking to Christ for salvation. Persecution can certainly take its physical toll, but history has proven time and time again, that Christianity cannot be stomped out.
The main pillar of Christianity is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This is indisputable. Those who reject this truth reject Jesus, plain and simple. In spite of how they say they may “respect,” “revere,” or “follow” Him, if the fact of His sinless life, His atoning death, and His life-giving resurrection is disallowed or denied, then those people have neither respect or reverence and they are certainly not following the Jesus of the Bible. One cannot change the truth about someone and still say they follow that person.
As we learn in Philippians 2, God took on the form of humanity, lived among us, and through Jesus, we see the Father. In other words, Jesus is the exact representation of God in human form (Hebrews 1:3). In another place we read that in Jesus, the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). This is something atheists simply deny. They are entitled to their belief system, but in essence, when they try to eradicate Jesus from the public sphere, they are guilty of imposing their “religion” on the rest of us. Of course, they don’t see it that way at all.
Let me start by saying that the book is not tremendously in-depth. Redwood doesn’t spend a good deal of time breaking everything down so that the reader gets bored before he reaches the conclusion. No, Redwood is more concerned about concise, useful explanations that allow people to understand that piece of the puzzle, then that other piece of the puzzle, and then the next. Soon, the entire puzzle is starting to take shape. Rather than focusing solely on one or two pieces of the puzzle, Redwood uses the various pieces to help build the completed picture.