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What Is Deconstructionism?

The idea of deconstructionism is not a new phenomenon. People have wrestled with questions about faith and dissected the fundamental truths of their beliefs for years. However, the postmodernist approach to deconstructionism means wiping out the foundations of your faith to replace them with popular cultural truths. Essentially, deconstructionists think they can interpret the real meaning of Scripture using their finite, fleshly understanding. They deny the existence of absolute truth because they are filled with confusion, conflict, and doubt. Denying the existence of absolute truth makes it impossible for one to believe in God and the Bible’s inherency.

Where Did Deconstructionism Originate?

We can trace the roots of deconstructionism back to the Garden of Eden when Satan questioned what God said about eating fruit from the trees. In Genesis 2:16-17, God told Adam to enjoy fruit from any tree in the Garden except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But in Genesis 3:1, Satan twists God’s words, saying, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” Eve knew what God had said, and she corrected the serpent, but she chose to doubt that God was protecting them and ate the fruit. She knew the truth, but when something challenged the inherency of it, she stumbled.

What Is Deconstructionism?

Deconstructionism denies the existence of absolute truth while seeking to find the link between a text and its meaning and break that text down into its simplest components. It is a circular way of thinking. What one deconstructionist says about Scripture must be deconstructed to determine if it is accurate, and the never-ending cycle continues.

The first story of deconstructionism

What Does the Bible Say About Deconstructionism?

While the Bible does not explicitly mention deconstructionism, it warns against becoming wise in our own eyes. The way our culture approaches deconstructionism is not biblical. It is destructive and manipulative. These verses warn believers to build the foundations of their faith on Jesus’ resurrection, not the world’s wisdom.

  • “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness.’”–1 Corinthians 3:18-19
  • “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”–1 Corinthians 3:11
  • “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”–John 14:6
  • “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”–Romans 1:2-22

How Is Deconstructionism Impacting Our Culture Today?

Celebrities, pastors, church leaders, and believers are tearing down the foundations of their faith and abandoning their beliefs. They are swayed by popular culture, which suggests that you create a religion that works for you. Organizations dedicated to drawing others into deconstructionism attack the core principles of Christianity, causing believers to doubt the truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Some of the most persuasive messages suggest that Christianity is oppressive and preach that there are various ways to escape eternal damnation outside of putting your faith in Jesus.

The root of deconstructionist thinking is pride. Deconstructionists believe they know best and have the discernment to determine what is true. Proverbs 14:12 warns, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” The Holy Spirit and God’s Word should drive our decisions and give us confidence to build our faith in the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.

Reconstruct Your Faith on the Resurrection!

Deconstruction of religion is necessary. Jesus deconstructed the popular stereotypes and ideas of His culture. He prayed for His persecutors, loved His enemies, and treated women as equals. Jesus’ version of deconstruction destroyed relational barriers and religious boundaries. The postmodernist worldview of deconstructionism encourages people to question the inherency of their beliefs and ultimately abandon them. Biblical deconstruction means taking apart and examining our practices and beliefs to determine their truthfulness, usefulness, and impact.

  • The resurrection is central.
    In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Paul lays out the gospel and reminds believers that the resurrection is the foundation of all the building blocks of our belief. It is central to Christianity. New versions of Christianity build a faith that benefits the person based on what they want to believe. If we claim Christianity, we must acknowledge the accuracy of Jesus’ resurrection and build our faith around it.
  • The resurrection is certain.
    Continuing into verses 6-8, Paul reminds us that our faith is built on history. We rely on the historical, eye-witness accounts that men and women testified about during Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Both non-Christians and Christians testified to the truth of Jesus’ crucifixion, empty tomb, and resurrection. The certainty of the resurrection gives believers confidence in the existence of our gracious and merciful God.
  • The resurrection is critical.
    Paul laments in verses 13-19 that if there is no resurrection, we have wasted our lives living for Christ. If you try to remove the resurrection from Christianity, everything falls apart. God’s grace, mercy, and salvation are no longer accessible. Nothing that we believe matters if there is no resurrection.
  • The resurrection is comforting.
    Paul closes chapter 15 with a reminder of the glorious resurrection believers will experience. If we place our faith in the Son of God, we will rise from the dead and exchange our mortal bodies for perfect, immoral bodies. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the most comforting truth we have as believers because it guarantees we will never be alone, feel the sting of death, or experience eternal separation from God. Your faith in God will see you through any struggle and give you hope in the toughest battles. Since Jesus’ resurrection is true, we have no reason to doubt the inherency of the Bible.

The foundations of faith built on the resurrection

Takeaway

We are called to study God’s Word and experience it. As His ambassadors, we should live by the Word of God, not the word of our pastors, social media influencers, or political candidates. The enemy is continually trying to chip away at the foundations of our faith. But God is good, and His Word is true. If you’re going through deconstruction, Jesus loves you and is not upset by your questions and concerns. He doesn’t want you to be deceived. Don’t suppress your questions and struggles because the enemy wants you in isolation. Reach out to a trusted person today, seek healing and recovery, and find answers to your questions.