Most change happens slowly over time. From day to day this seems to be unnoticeable, but in comparison over a decade or a century, it can be drastic. As we grow older we look into the mirror and we don't see a change from one day to the next. But, heaven forbid, when someone pulls out the photo album we run into the next room hiding from the pictures of our past. I had a teenager recently see me in an old high school yearbook. With the laughter and the comments and I had to come to the realization that I don't look like I did 25 years ago.
Understanding that change constantly happens how can we apply this to Christianity? Life surrounding the Old Testament illustrated that the family was responsible for the training of a child in the areas of Spiritual things as well as a trade. From the times of the New Testament Church to the 21st century we have deviated from a home educational environment to a government controlled public school setup.
In the last 2000 years one of the major changes that happened was during the Industrialization period. It was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that industry began to arrive on the scene which demanded the attention of a larger workforce. Young people left their home towns and moved to metropolitan areas to fill the demands of new jobs. By doing this they broke close contact with extended families and their beliefs. It was during this time that the learning of new trades began to be taught within the workforce or public institution.
Our current educational system was greatly influenced by Charles Darwin and John Dewey. In 1859 Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was published. This became revolutionary in the school system and could be felt in almost every discipline of education. Born in the same year was and American educator and philosopher by the name of John Dewey. He was brilliant in educational methods and structure, however, his influence to the system was one of naturalism. He left no room for God or creationism. This did not happen overnight. In fact the Industrialization period practically paved the way for Dewey and Darwin to darken the view of God and creation by first weakening the influence and structure of the family.
In the twentieth century our public school system managed to practically remove any element of God and creation out of our public schools. Textbooks scream with evolution and its philosophical disciplines and teachers risk their jobs by presenting Biblical truths as its opposition within their classrooms.
Therefore, if we take a photo album that spans the course of 2000 years we will see a major shift in what influences our children and our society. I am sure that from one year to the next the change that happened could not be seen. But the fact is, we live in a world where Christianity and its foundations are being challenged by unsupported theories and people who desire no connection to a Holy and living God. Darwinism, naturalism, and any other theory that attempts to blind the individual of the truths of the foundations of this universe is only a ploy by the father of lies. His objective is to deceive and destroy without allowing for the reconciliation between man and a Holy God.
So, did all of this happen naturally? No. It was a plot of Satan himself, the father of lies. Even today he will use people to twist the truth and steer others off course. Therefore, we need to be awake and prepared for those who will try to deceive.
2 Peter 2:19 says of those teaching a false gospel: While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.