The Meaning of Life: Who Does the Culture Say We Are? — Part III
We’ve been examining the meaning of life and the question, “Who does the culture say we are?” The following poem by Steve Turner, taken from Ravi Zacharias’s book, Can Man Live Without God? Some of the references are a bit outdated, but it still neatly summarizes what we just talked about in our last two posts.
by Steve Turner
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 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 sodomy’s OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.
We believe that everything’s 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, Muhammad, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
His good morals were bad.
We believe that all religions are basically the same—at least the one that we read was.
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,
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.
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.
That 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.
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.
That is certainly the modern credo. But how do we respond? The only answer is God. The hope of Christ and a life eternal, a life that starts right now with belief in the Son of God.
Next time we’ll look at the fourth great question: Why are we here?