The Evolving Future
The post modern society started to emerge in North America during the late
1980s and early 1990s. We call it the “post modern society” because it is a sociological evolution that is obviously
different than modernity, and it is taking place as modernity diminishes. But, it is obvious that modernity has been post
modernism’s fuel, and without the historical framework of modernity and the industrial age it would not be a developing
organism. We also call it postmodernism because it is such a difficult sociological condition to categorize in a comprehensive
title. Sociologists and even theologians sometime choose to render the post modern society confusing, especially when they
will not do the research to diagnose it correctly. It is something that is almost a natural sociological progression in the
lives of anyone under the age of thirty in the early years of the first decade of our new millennium.
While we can describe post modernism through several angles of description, probably the most obvious
description for this sociological mentality is that of the evolution from an industrial age of factories and large-scale production
by the masses into an age of technology that can be learned and practiced by the individual.
With the availability of the personal computer and the global linking capabilities of the internet,
anyone can be anything they want to be, or go anywhere they want through the medium of technological advances. Software has
made it possible for us to produce a variety of products in the privacy in our own home that just two decades ago we would
have had to contract out to other companies or institutions. As technology and software continue to develop so will the post modern era continue to evolve.
Obviously, this has a very beneficial side to it, as well as a potentially dangerous agenda to it.
When an individual can accomplish more tasks on their own they are actually more productive. But, when they experience this
productivity without the socializing affect of group effort and teamwork, they become more self-empowered and can easily fall
prey to some format of self-deification.
A Rewritten Past
The post modern mentality has a strong tendency to reject the traditional historical past. The past is not rejected
factually as much as it is historically, only because of its perspective in how it has traditionally been interpreted and
told to us over the last several generations. Many heroic historical figures are reexamined in light of what they actually
may have done or not done. This may be expressed in the examination of their motives
and their desired results. Their ethics and morality is often redefined as their motives are often made to appear more self
centered or introverted.
Examples in American history would be the observation of Abraham Lincoln’s motives for desiring the country to
become one nation once again after the southern states withdrew from the Union. Thomas Jefferson is now remembered more for his supposed sexual relationships with his black slave(s)
than for writing the Declaration of Independence. Some very strong postmodernists would even question how these extra marital
affairs with his slaves may have affected his entire concept of humanity and morality in composing the text of the Declaration
has been rewritten in American history as a more greedy person who married a rich widow for her money, regularly spending
far above his financial means and eventually dying of syphilis. In reality, they are creating a concept of Washington’s lifestyle that may
equal the morality and ethics of the vast majority our current society.
history is also severely scrutinized. Christianity has been exceptionally reexamined because of its unique ability to survive
despite harsh persecution during the last twenty centuries. Historic figures such as Martin Luther and Augustine of Hippo
(St. Augustine) are now seen more for their personalities and opinions, rather than their theological dissertations. Luther is the
radical rebel that spawned Protestantism. He is often strictly viewed as a felon on the run who suffered from various mental
disorders. Augustine is referred more to as a sexual libertine (which he was prior to his conversion to Christianity) than
recognized for the vast theological contributions he made to the Western Christian church.
Apostle Paul is referred to as the “inventor” of Christianity as a religion. He is rewritten as a man who found
his way into Western history books by inventing and perpetuating a religion based on a man he may never have met personally.
Even variations from the Gnostic community have risen up to rewrite the historicity of Jesus as a married man who had descendants
and preached a mystical form of religion that promoted the divine feminine.
Holy Bible is perceived by the post modernists to be a simple book of moral values containing legends and myths to illustrate
those ideals. If there is truth contained in it, it is certainly not to be considered as an absolute truth but rather as a
truth depending on
the needs or preferences of the reader. Biblical miracles cannot be proven, thus, they cannot be accepted as historical fact.
All of the historical figures whose existence cannot be proven through non-religious historical accounts are dismissed as
mythological figures and their lives and accomplishments are reduced to legends, which may or may not hold any moral or ethical
value to the reader.
deity of Jesus Christ is constantly questioned in a post modern society, simply because of the shortage of non canonical historical
documentation that would collaborate such claims. Because the four Biblical gospels are the
strongest voices of such
a teaching, they are reduced
to biased propaganda that promotes or issues credence to that particular religious preference.
whole attempt in the restructuring of our historical past is one that neutralizes everyone and everything to normalcy. The
major flaw is that normalcy cannot be accurately defined other than through a vague interpretation of a series of poorly exposed
equivalents. A post modernist (consciously
or subconsciously) desires everything and everyone to appear
equal and on the same level. They do not admit that anyone or anything is exceptional or special – especially in the
areas of morality and ethics.
see this mentality revealed in the way children and young adults are graded in the publicly operated educational systems.
This mentality often bleeds over in to various competitive parallels such as the fine arts, sports and even intellectual pursuits.
Ultimately, it means that no one should feel inferior because of someone else’s achievements.
post modern society contains an immense amount of cynicism that flows from a skeptical mindset. This characteristic can be
traced to the upbringing of most of the current sociological participants in environments that were based in an anti-authoritarian
mentality. This is actually a typical pattern that the history of mankind has repeated as often as every four or five generations.
Many traumatic events took place in the middle part of the 20th century that gave seed to this mentality. Events
such as World Wars I & II, the use of the first atom bomb for massive human destruction and more directly related to the
United States, the Viet Nam war, were all catalysts in the progression of this mentality.
though historically cynicism has had a designing role in every society, the 21st century era of post modernism
has experienced this in an exceptionally exaggerated way. This massive cynicism is expressed openly towards institutions,
educational systems, religious practices and governmental or authoritative agencies.
such as the media press are ridiculed and mistrusted by certain divisions of the society, yet the general population still
looks to the news media for “the news” on a daily basis, assuming that the information they are receiving from
them is being disseminated to them in fair and unbiased manner.
Massive conspiracies are continuously promoted
by groups and individuals without fear of contempt towards any previously respected authority or institution. We first saw
this noticeably drawn to the attention of our society after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Other major conspiracy
theories have revolved around the government’s suppression of information regarding
unidentified flying objects and retrieved extraterrestrial life forms. Conspiracy propaganda and theories are rampant around the entire
issue of global terrorism. Jesus addressed this particular aspect of post modernism
very directly when he said in Matthew 24:6 "And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened,
for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”
most obvious of these conspiracies to the Christian, is the most recent challenge to the accuracy of the perpetuated history
of Christianity. This is most obvious in the Gnostic revival of the last two decades. Gnosticism works well with post modernism
in that it challenges the deity of Jesus Christ by challenging the accurate historicity of the scriptures and the church’s
ability to accurately communicate that historicity down through the last two thousand years.
that challenge the accurate conveyance of the original texts of the Bible are more prevalent than ever, especially in light
of the discovery of the Nag Hamadi library in 1945. Generally the main conspiracy theory in this regard is aimed directly
at the historical leadership of the Christian church. The claim by postmodern Gnostics is that the early church fathers rewrote
the stories around Jesus Christ to give Him an identified position of deity and to preserve and enhance their own power over
the people that were adhering to the Christian faith at that time.
The Truth About the Truth
The institution of truth
in and to our society has completely been
re-worked under the post modern influence. We have already seen how it has influenced our perception of literal history. But one must see how the post
modern perception of truth influences our worldviews and our basic philosophy of living.
post modern society truth is considered to be relevant and not absolute in its very nature. Thus, if truth is relevant, one
can perceive and apply truth to his or her life as they so desire, if they so desire. Relevant truth is flexible and/or deniable.
Absolute truth is permanent, immutable and exclusive.
the post modernist rejects is that if there is an existing absolute truth, there must also be a parallel and definable falsehood.
If there is a right or correct morality or ethical action, then there must also be a wrong or incorrect morality or ethical
action. This means that everything cannot be equal in value. It also means that to share ideologies or specific truths in
one arena of life, religion or philosophy is theoretically impossible. Someone would have to be completely right and someone
else would have to be totally wrong.
So how does post modernism deal with this philosophical and sociological dilemma? Post modernism wraps the philosophical
blanket of tolerance around the whole issue of truth. This creates an environment and philosophy that says, “I’m
ok – you’re ok.” or “if that works for you – that’s fine, but this works for me.”
This mentality attempts to remove the exclusive nature of truth. This cannot be done in the sin-tainted mind of man without
some measure of bias. Thus, there cannot be a pure and undefiled format of tolerance. At the conclusion of this thought and
process, someone, something or some circumstance must be lessened, diminished or even persecuted to some extent.
tells us in John 14:6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father (God), but through Me.”
This statement is extremely exclusive in both its theology and philosophy. It cuts deeply against the post modern mindset.
Jesus is saying that He is the truth. He is not saying that he is an optional or potential truth. He is claiming to be, hold
and portray the very essence of truth. He is also saying that He is the only and exclusive bridge between God and mankind.
In a highly influenced post modern society, this projection by Jesus is simply not acceptable or to some even comprehendible.
because the truth is the truth, and the truth cannot be changed warped or disfigured, what Jesus said to His disciples in
this verse has remained viable and life transforming throughout the past two millenniums. Jesus is the expression of God’s
truth for our lives.
The Sociological Predicament
last concept of post modernism that we will discuss is the aspect of the individual. We have discussed this somewhat earlier
in this document, but it must be defined with more accuracy to understand this strong influence and mentality that our society
inflicts on us.
all of the technology and intellectual influences of our society, it becomes exceptionally easy for someone to become a mental
isolationist. In some instances these influences lead the individual into a state of literal isolation. One who is mentally
isolated compartmentalizes their life issues and circumstances into self-discerning grids of understanding. He or she derives
their own unique “world view” and usually out of an externally imposed tolerant mentality keeps it within themselves as the standard by which their words and actions are influenced.
mindset it is exceptionally easy to become the master of our own destiny rather than to seek and submit to God’s plan
for our lives. In this thought pattern it becomes far too easy to live out the philosophy of the first fallen God created
being, Lucifer, when he said “I will make myself like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:14
only Jesus Christ who can save us from ourselves in this consuming internal and sociological predicament. Through His sinless
life, His death, burial and His bodily resurrection, He has provided a way for each one of us individually to experience the
truth of His eternal life and for us to live together as one body functioning to perpetuate the gospel of Jesus Christ in
our culture and society, as well as in the next generation.
Apostle Paul, through the inspiration of
the Holy Spirit must have unknowingly looked down through the corridors of time and saw our post modern sociological influences
when he wrote this passage to the Romans. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace
given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to
have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all
the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
Romans 12:2-5 If we are part of the body of Jesus Christ here on earth, we must not think
like our culture and our society, but perceive the world as Jesus did. If we truly see ourselves
in the light of our relationship with Jesus Christ, we will be able to functionally transmit the gospel in this post modern
world, as many distinct members unified in one faith based solely and completely in Jesus Christ.