Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis and founder of the Ark Encounter attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky, believes a simple explanation drives our ascending cultural chaos and secularization: society’s substitute of God’s word for man’s whims.
“What’s happening in our culture today is really nothing new,” Ham said on CBN’s “Faith vs. Culture.” “In fact, it’s a battle that’s been going on for 6,000 years.”
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The apologist said the battle started in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and that the dispute is “a foundational battle between God’s Word and man’s word.”
Ham said too many people fail to recognize this reality. Instead, some focus on the many issues plaguing culture. From racism to the gender wars and abortion, there’s no shortage of disputes.
“They’re looking at [these issues] and saying, ‘Why do we have all these problems?'” Ham said. “People need to be thinking foundationally and understand they’re all symptoms of the one problem, and the problem is: when you build your thinking on man’s word, not God’s Word.”
Ham said this dynamic has reshaped culture, detailing how the Judeo-Christian ethic once permeated the world so much that even non-believers shared in the moral teachings.
“Generations ago, even non-Christians had more of a Christianized worldview,” Ham said.
But he believes the assault on God’s Word — and the erosion of its relevancy in culture — changed all of that.
“When you start to attack the Word of God … look at what’s happening in the public education system that’s throwing God’s Word out, the Bible out, prayer out, creation out,” he said. “And now their foundation is man’s word, from a perspective of naturalism, which is atheism.”
Society moved from having a respect for the Bible to saying it’s now “man who determines truth”— a dynamic that Ham believes has directly ushered in the beliefs of so many that, when it comes to morals, “anything goes.”
“If you want to understand what’s happening in our culture, you take generations and tell them the Bible is not the absolute authority, man determines right or wrong,” he said. “Therefore, what happens all becomes subjective, and therefore anything goes — except the absolutes of Christianity.”
Watch the full episode of “Faith vs. Culture” for more on this topic.
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