Rotten Apples. Corrupting Our Society. 1. Darwinian Evolution. Charles Darwin, the English naturalist, published his theory of evolution in 1859: On the Origin of Species
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Corrupting Our Society
Author Aldous Huxley, a great supporter of Darwin's theory, made this remarkable admission: “For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom” ( Ends and Means, 1941, p. 273).
Molecular biologist Michael Denton, wrote: “One might have expected that a theory of such cardinal importance, a theory that literally changed the world, would have been something more than metaphysics, something more than a myth. Ultimately the Darwinian theory of evolution is no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century” ( Evolution: A Theory in Crisis , 1985, p. 358).
Phillip Johnson: “Every history of the twentieth century lists three thinkers as preeminent in influence: Darwin, Marx and Freud. All three were regarded as ‘scientific' (and hence far more reliable than anything ‘religious') in their heyday. Yet Marx and Freud have fallen, and even their dwindling bands of followers no longer claim that their insights were based on any methodology remotely comparable to that of experimental science. I am convinced that Darwin is next on the block. His fall will be by far the mightiest of the three" ( Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds, 1997, p. 113).
An recent article titled “Out-of-Wedlock Births Society’s ‘New Normal’” pointed out some startling findings:
“More children are now being born outside of marriage, according to a new study by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values. The report focuses on what it calls ‘middle-America,’ the nearly 60 percent of Americans who complete high school but not college.
“Among that group, 44 percent of children are now born outside of marriage. That’s up from 13 percent in the 1980s. ‘America is at a tipping point, with unwed childbearing threatening to become a new norm,’ study co-author Brad Wilcox said. Research shows children born or raised outside of marriage are more likely to suffer from a range of social and emotional problems” (CBN News, Dec. 18, 2012).
Randall Price: “These decisions affected our society's moral consciousness ... by making humanism the only religion sanctioned in the public education system and demeaning the value of human life. Over the years since these anti-values became a part of our national values, we have witnessed degeneration in our society, especially with our youth who never knew other values once were accepted and practiced under the law in our nation.”
“We have also witnessed the government and the private sector increasingly apply these anti-values in ways and to an extent that may never have been envisioned by the justices that rendered their original decisions (such as prayer and the mention of God at commencements and sports events and expressions of public faith ... ).”
“However, while expressions of Christian values are prohibited or denounced, these anti-values are marketed wholesale through the entertainment industry (movies, TV, and video games) that saturates our culture with trivial violence and death, creating the illusion that wanton murder is just a game and the hero is the one with the ‘baddest' weapons! This was one of the traits of the young man who murdered the teachers and children in Connecticut” (“What's Wrong With Our Country?” World of the Bible News & Views, Winter 2012, p. 21).
1. Be able to identify “rotten apples” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
2. Don’t be susceptible and open to the influence of “rotten apples” (2 Tim. 3:6-9)
3. Ignore “rotten apples” and look to godly examples and God’s word for your guidance and instruction (2 Tim. 3:10-17)