Sunday, September 10, 2006

Creed

I listen with regularity to Ravi Zacharias, who is an excellent apologist and ambassador for Christ in so many arenas. Being here at Tech and walking some distance between classes has also given me plenty of opportunities to listen to my favorite podcasts along the way. I was listening to Ravi last night at supper when he quoted a poem by Steve Turner. I stopped eating and listened because the poem was so captivating and humorous—and yet it was devastatingly true. This piece is perhaps the most insightful and scathing indictment of our postmodern minds that I have ever heard. I know I'm breaking the 20% rule by posting it in its entirety, but it's just that good. (And the sources I found for it weren't original, either.) I just had to share. Here's Creed by Steve Turner:
This is the creed I have written on behalf of all us.

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don't hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your definition of knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything is getting better,
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated,
and you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there's something in
horoscopes, UFOs, and bent spoons.
Jesus was a good man,
just like Buddha, Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher,
although we think some of His good morals were really bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same—
at least the ones that we read were.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it's compulsory heaven for all,
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What's selected is average.
What's average is normal.
What's normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament,
Because we believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It's only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him,
And reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth,
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.

"Chance," a post-script

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Youths Go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Amy said...

Mm...thought-provoking.

One of my favorite parts of it is the part about absolute truth. Next time I hear someone ranting about there not being any absolutely truth...I'll be asking them, "Is that absolutely true?"

Now, I need an iPod with more capacity so I can listen to this Ravi Zacharias...

12:08 PM, September 11, 2006  
Anonymous daniel said...

For more on absolute truth, see Johnny Felts's blog. johnnyfelts.blogspot.com

8:36 PM, September 12, 2006  

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