I'm at an internet cafe in Detroit on a layover for what will be a 19 hour flight to Mumbai, India. I'm thinking about postmodernism. Is it for real? are we really there yet? Is this a "postmodern age"?
Then it hits me. We've been there before and are experiencing a resurgence of an incessant questioning of truth and the knowability of absolute truth in human history. Oh yeah, this is an old problem. I revisit Bereshith, the book of beginnings:
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"2 And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.'"4 And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die!5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
There's the attitude and the spirit behind much of the attacks on the truth of God's Word today, even from some who claim to be believers. The person who first questioned God's Word, with cunning craftiness and wicked malice, did it in Gan-Eden, the garden God planted, a little more than six thousand years ago...