In the early days, when Christianity exercised a dominant influence over American thinking, we conceived the world to be a BATTLEGROUND. Our fathers believed in sin and the devil and hell as constituting one force; and they believed in God and righteousness and heaven as the other. Man, so our fathers held, had to choose sides; he could not be neutral. For him it must be life or death, heaven or hell, and if he chose to come out on God’s side he would expect open war with God’s enemies. The fight would be real and deadly and would last as long as life continued here…How different today. The fact remains the same, but the interpretation has changed completely. Men think of the world not as a battleground but as a PLAYGROUND. We are not in a foreign land, we are at home. We are not getting ready to live, we are already living, and the best we can do is to rid ourselves of our inhibitions and our frustrations and live this life to the full.
A. W. Tozer, 1952