I think you hit on at least one of the major problems that I see is driving this prevailing philosophy of pluralism, or post modernism, @Jolene_Laughlin. Millennials, and probably one or two generations before them have not been taught how to think critically. They think with their emotions. I’ve noticed that most of the younger people I talk to, including my own kids, will say, “I feel like this is right”. They don’t say, “I think…”. To tell you the truth, I’ve seen this across all generations, my own included, (baby boomers). If it makes us feel good, it must be right.
Another thing I see that I think contributes to this is that starting when they’re very young they are taught there are no winners, or losers. Everybody gets a trophy. I think this leads to thinking there are no right or wrong beliefs. My beliefs are just as equal, or legitimate as yours. We can’t be told we’re wrong, because that makes us feel bad, and that’s hate speech. Do you see what Satan has done here? If we can’t say this is right, or this is wrong, and people can’t feel bad about themselves or that they need to change their beliefs, then there’s no need for a savior.
I find the most effective way to have a discussion in this environment is to use Jesus’ way of having a conversation. He would ask questions that force them to face their assumptions. I have to laugh at how God has prepared me for this. When I was in military service, I ended up working in military intelligence. I was mainly trained as an analyst, but I also had training in human intelligence, which is basically collecting intelligence. In doing that, I was trained in how to ask questions in ways that would get me the information that I was looking for. This training was reinforced when I went to college to become a counselor. In counseling it’s called “motivational interviewing”. This is basically a very confrontational way that hopefully will get people to maybe see a flaw in their thinking. That way they are the ones that will come to the conclusion that their beliefs do not match reality. Of course, like anything else, it’s not perfect. But, it seems at least to keep the conversation friendly.