Monday, June 9, 2008

So what?

It seems to me that we live in one of two possible universes. We either live in a universe where Jesus Christ is who He says He is, or we do not. So why would that matter? If we live in a Jesus Universe, then several things are true. First of all, we are created in the image of God. (I'll have more to say about that later but for now try to grab hold of that phrase. And ponder that if it is true, then no human has to look very far to find his intrinsic worth. In a Darwinian universe, we compete, not always successfully, with cockroaches for value.)

The next thing that is true is that we are all imperfect. The Bible puts it to us like this: "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Well, that's pretty blunt, isn't it? But unless you are a sociopath, or have some other major personality disorder, you know that is true as surely as you know that you exist.

The next thing that is true is that since we have fallen short we are in a big mess. One might say a "hell" of a mess. As John says: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” So far so bad.

Now for the really good news. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Of course, this is only true IF we live in a Jesus Universe. So it seems to me that answering that question - What kind of universe do we live in? - takes on significance of shall we say, Biblical proportions.

On the other hand, we may not live in a Jesus Universe. It's logically possible. The statement that "we live in a purposeless, meaningless universe and we are the result of mindless, random processes" is not self-contradictory. So we need to examine the evidence for both types of universes and see which one makes the most sense of ALL of the data of human existence and human experience.

I suppose I should mention up front that I am not always very "user friendly" but I'm working on it. Should some sarcasm leak through try to look beyond that to the arguments. Thanks in advance for that. As Montaigne said: "All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed."

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