The Main Conflict Between Christianity and the Modern World
A tale of two competing religions
We’re in what many would describe as a “post-Christian” world. Everyone knows about Christianity — or at least think they know about it. They grabbed a few things they liked about it and moved on. In fact, much of what we consider essential Western values — such as equality and human rights — are derived from Christian teaching, though much of the underpinnings — that God sent His son to die for all mankind — have been abandoned.
But why has it been abandoned? Did people simply not like getting up on Sunday mornings? Do they not like being judged on their morality? Going by much of the left these days, I mean, they love judging others. I’ve seen few people dispute “love your enemy,” and most seem to like the principles of putting a special value on all human life (though they also all have their exceptions). So what is people’s main problem with Christianity?
I don’t think that’s too much of a mystery if you look at what Christian teachings people most object to. You’ll have some “woke” people objecting to forgiveness, but that’s pretty fringe. The main place you see pushback against mainstream Christian teaching all have a pretty obvious theme, and that theme is sexual morality.
How many people still consider fornication bad? It’s mainly celebrated in most of the media (or at least rarely suggested anything could be wrong about it). It’s considered bigoted the Christian teaching that engaging in homosexual acts is wrong. And while abortion seems like an issue on the importance of human life, the motivation behind abortion is that children are an obstacle to “consequence-free” sex, and thus millions of tiny lives are looked at as a small sacrifice to that goal.
So why did this split from Christianity occur? The best I can understand it, about the time of the Sexual Revolution, emerged a competing religion, one in direct conflict with Christianity. It’s a religion that places a spiritual significance on satisfying one’s sexual lusts.