Postmodern Challenges to the Bible
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” – John 14:6
We live in a post-modern generation. Christians hear many things like “I don’t believe in organized religion”, “That’s good for you, what I believe is good for me”, etc. Jason Northey and Philip Wong gave a presentation on the topic on the challenge of post-modernism, and about it’s origin and it’s characteristics. They explored many of the post-modern arguments from a theoretical, historical, and existential context based on Amy Orr-Ewing’s chapter on the book “Beyond Opinion” [Ravi Zacharias Ministries] . As we examined these questions, we learned that many of their arguments cannot hold when applied to itself. For example, relativism can be applied to all world views, but it cannot hold when applied to itself. We realized that the post-modernist argument are valid questions that Christians should address and can provide an answer for. There is no need to have a pessimistic attitude in viewing our present generation. Rather, it is an opportunity for dialogue with students to discuss what the Bible really says. It is necessary for Christians to practically live as Jesus’ disciple to show the world that a life of faith is the difference. The gospel message is the universal truth which touches the lives of all people, different races, and different cultures.
John Giesbrecht gave a testimonial message based on John 14:6. Though he was raised in a Christian family, he questioned his faith and decided to live free from the constraints of a “Christian” lifestyle. But he soon discovered that being “free” could not help him practically live an ideal moral life. Through an invitation to Bible study, he rediscovered Christ as the way, the truth and the life. By God’s grace, he accepted Christ newly and has been living a life of mission dedicated to help students with the truth of God.
We also had a wonderful testimony given by brother Nicholas, and the Montreal UBF Ensemble performed such a high quality instrumental piece we felt as if we were attending a concert at the OSM.
After our Q&A session, a question emerged on how the Bible came to be. Therefore, our next Bible Academy will discuss how the Bible canon progressed into its current form.
Our Tyrannus Academies are inspired from the Apostle Paul’s discourse in the hall of Tyrannus in Ephesus during his missionary journey to reveal the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Acts 19) Our lectures are designed to tackle current issues of society so that we may answer the question of the reason of our hope in God. (1Pe 3:15)