Pluralism and relativism are most deadly when they come together in matters of faith. A few years ago, I met weekly with a group of high school students at a local restaurant. None of them were Christians, and it would be an understatement to say that the group was diverse. All together, they had pierced every pierceable body part, and had every shade of color in their hair. We had a great time every Friday afternoon talking about issues of faith, God, and the Bible. One day I asked them, “Who do you think God is?” A young man with wild hair said, “I think God is kind of like my granddad in Florida. He’s there, but I never really see him.” Another quickly chimed in, “God is an evil being who’s out to punish us and make our lives a living hell.” The third took the opposite tact: “I don’t think God exists at all,” she said. What would I hear next? “I believe God is everywhere and in everything,” said another teen. “He’s the rocks. He’s the trees. The universe is God. I am God, too.” At that point there was an uncomfortable pause. Finally, another student offered his opinion in a thoughtful tone. “You know what? You’re all right. You all see God in a way that’s true for you, and it works for you.” I expected the other students to either fall out of their seats laughing or find some way to tell this young man that his conclusion was silly. Each student said things that were totally antithetical to one another. One said that God is an evil being who wants to hurt us, another said that there is no God, and still another that he is God. But rather than respond with incredulity, everyone around the circle nodded their heads and said, “Yeah. You know what? You’re right. We’re all right. Each one of us sees the world from our own perspective, and we each have our own truth.” Pluralism offers us every imaginable set of concepts and faith systems. Relativism persuades us that all concepts and systems are equally true and equally valid—all at the same time. This insidious combination has proved to be a devastating philosophical one-two punch in the hearts and minds of our sons and daughters. Read More in “When They Turn Away: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ” –