For many years, our institutions of higher learning have suffered from de-Christianization. It has been the goal of almost every school and all state schools to exempt from all its curriculum the presence or knowledge of God. The mere mention of God or Christ in its halls and facilities has become taboo. Any acknowledgement of a creator, and most especially a Savior, has brought great ire from atheists.
So, as one school has inscribed a Scripture on an arch, one could predict the reaction.
Christian News reports:
The University of Florida at Gainesville has agreed to post secular quotes on an arch on its campus in a compromise with a prominent atheist activist group that took issue with a Bible verse posted on the structure.
Micah 6:8 is currently inscribed on an archway near Heavener Hall, which houses the university’s school of business. The Scripture reads, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good. And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
The school has chosen to give in to the demands of the anti-theist group. The reason is simple enough. They did not wish to face the controversy that would come from their refusal to accommodate. The University also had the difficulty of facing the man who chose the Scripture.
Christian News continued:
During the building’s dedication ceremony last November, James Heavener, after whom the building is named, told those gathered that Micah 6:8 is one of his favorite Scriptures.
Since Heavener was reportedly adamant that the Scripture remain, the University of Florida has agreed to add secular quotes to the arch in order to appease the atheist organization.
Alongside Micah 6:8, the University will display quotes by Aristotle, Adam Smith, and Thomas Paine. And though this has appeased the anti-theist group, it should upset both Jew and Christian alike. This compromise puts as equal with God’s Word the wisdom of man.
Christian News reports:
A plaque will also be posted, which reads in part, “Ethics are fundamental to successful business education and enterprise. Scholars and students of ethics derive universal ethical principles from a wide range of sources, secular and religious, whether or not any particular scholar or student ascribes to religious beliefs.”
But this is a fool’s statement. There can be no understanding of ethical behavior outside of religious conviction. How can we know what we ought to do in any situation without the direction of One who knows all wisdom and contains all knowledge?
Let’s take a look at Paine’s quote.
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”– Thomas Paine
On the surface, this sounds good, but upon reflection this is impossible. What is good? How can we come to this knowledge? How can we know that all we have done is good for all involved? You see, without borrowing from the Judeo/Christian understanding of Yahweh’s ethical purity and his transcendent revelation of that ethical standard, we cannot know or understand “good.”
To place these empty statements alongside Scripture should be the highest offence to God and His people. We must return to God’s law as our standard of ethics.
You can read more on this subject in my book An Everlasting Covenant. Buy it from Amazon today.
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