“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
He can move the mountains
My God is Mighty to save
He is Mighty to save
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
And fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
And now I surrender
There are reminders everywhere that our world is not our own. It is seemingly self-contained, with storms and weather arising from different natural causes. Weather patterns stay on a consistent basis that goes through four seasons. Each climate and biome on the planet has everything necessary for it to continue living.
We hardly understand this place we live in. This place we call ‘Earth’. What is it exactly? Where did it come from? People ask these questions all the time. I have always been a fan of history. As such, the most reliable answer is the one with the most evidence to back it up. Usually, the opinion with the most backing also tends to be one that has been in existence for quite some time. In other words, it has stood the ‘test of time’.
A lot of things have stood the test of time. One thing my more philosophical friends are apt to point out reveals some very dangerous and negative traditions and beliefs “stood the test of time”.
That is true.
It is also true, that many of our oldest beliefs are later proven to be beneficial. Allow me to explain. We have a tendency to call old traditions, “primal”, “trivial”, or simply “old fashioned”. Why is it then, that many of those traditions, such as eating a certain way, or cooking food differently, or even using oils religiously, were later shown to have medical and phycological benefits?
Generally, I will opt for a belief or opinion that has had time to show its true colors. If someone tells me that doing this or that will end up with this or that effect, I look for instances when the effect actually came to pass.
This method is generally good for getting to the truth about policy, philosophy, education, and religion. Look what the results of something are, and then compare them to the original claim. If one differs, there is a problem.
Last year, I read John Stott’s Basic Christianity for a Bible class. One of his points about Christianity, particularly Jesus Christ, which states something odd.
He noted that the biggest reason for believing Christianity was this: the apostles were changed. Further, the change in whoever believed and followed Christ became palpable to others. This means that the change was not superficial. It was not a failed attempt at change and the apostles fell into their old ways.
All of the apostles took on missions and continued preaching. In fact, most, if not all, died for what they believed. Would a mere fan die for the sake of something that fascinated them for a short while? Would an avid persecutor turn his entire life around to join those he persecuted and spend years in prison for anything less than a supernatural miracle?
More than anything, the people most closely touched by Christ are the most powerful evidence ever presented. The fact that many of the apostles and Christ are referred to in many different religions further proves the point.
Jesus was something more.
The song I placed at the beginning of this post is unique, it talks about the Creator of the Universe. There is so much we do not know. Even the most advanced science doesn’t understand the ‘simplest’ amoeba on the planet. When we dig deep down past the trees and roots into the earth, we still do not understand why gravity works.
Earth is incredible. Why shouldn’t it be? It was a gift. A gift created for man. We are curious, so we have complexity in our world to discover the secrets and still we do not understand. Is that not worthy of praise?
If not, I do not know what it.
But the fact remains, something about the way we live, about our bodies, our lives, our relationships, that causes us to contemplate the question: Who are we? Where did we come from? Are we important? Do we have purpose?
Philosophy fascinates me, though it seems to circle back on itself more than once. These questions come from something. We all have a longing to belong, to be loved, to have a purpose and importance.
We are seeking something that we are given access to through grace. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Be blessed today.