There are only two religions in the world: the true religion of Christianity based on the true and inerrant Word of God and every other false religion which is based on man’s sinful and fallible word. God’s Word presents the Triune God as the Creator of all things and teaches that when man fell into sin, God promised to send a Messiah. That promise comes true in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. Through faith in Christ and His work of forgiveness, we are saved. Every other religion comes from the father of lies.
However, we need to distinguish the natural knowledge of creation, conscience and human reason from the corrupting desires and thoughts of our sinful nature. If by man’s word we mean natural knowledge, then man’s word is not sinful and fallible. It is, in fact, useful and necessary for the governance of the state. God’s Word does not condemn the right and proper use of natural knowledge. Nevertheless, in the church natural knowledge is completely insufficient to identify the one true God or to determine His will toward us. If by man’s word, we mean the corruption of the sinful nature, then man’s word is to be rejected both in the state and the church.
Due to the present weakness of modern education, most people are not able to rationally defend the truths presented by natural knowledge. The Scriptural distinction of the two kingdoms means that science doesn’t need the Bible in order to come to the right conclusions. Due to our sinful nature, even our human reason becomes unknowingly corrupted.
Handout 1: Gospel-Reset-Class-Eight-May-19-2019.pdf