Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Atheist's Challenge

Atheist: Science has facts. You only have your faith. Don't tell me about Jesus. Prove that God exists. Evidence. Do you know what that is, Christian?

Me: That's fair. But first, I'd like you to scientifically prove to me that George Washington existed.

Atheist: That's easy. Open a history book, you idiot Christian.

Me: So, you're telling me that reliable historical documents are admissible as scientific evidence?

Atheist: Well, Washington had to exist as a real person. He's printed on all of the money!

Me: So, you're telling me that being printed on money makes someone scientifically proven?

Atheist: There are monuments all over that prove he existed. There are even places...cities, states, and universities that are named after him.

Me: So, you're telling me that having monuments named after you or in your honor validates your existence, scientifically?

Atheist: Look. I know what you're doing, but you don't seem to understand. History teachers teach about him all of the time. There are historians who have written books about what he did and how he led the country. People devote their whole lives to Washington's historical existence.

Me: I'm pretty sure I understand. I just wanted to make sure that when we talked about evidence and scientifically proving something, that we were using the same terms and using them the same way.

Me: Prove that God exists? Check this out and see if it makes sense to you. Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comment section.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Alone

The audio book in my truck is currently A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. It has started slowly, but I am learning from it. The book is a collection of journal entries that "Jack" (as he was known) made when his cherished bride passed away from cancer.

I don't remember the exact phrase or context that prompted this thought in me, but I thought I would share. In Genesis 2, The LORD God said, "It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a suitable helper for him."

I've always understood this to mean that God did not want him to be lonely. And that may be some of what God meant in sharing this truth with us. But I wonder too if the purpose for not having the man be alone was so that the man would not be self-absorbed. For mankind to truly reflect the image of God, he needs to love when it's difficult, sacrifice when he has the right to privilege, and give when he wants to receive.

There are many times when I tend to be selfish, but my wife is a good reminder for me to keep from worshiping myself. I notice too that when I am alone is when I also naturally turn my thoughts inward rather than outward.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Purpose

People are looking fervently for purpose and meaning. They are looking everywhere for this purpose except from where they might actually find it.

I love reading news reports and keeping track of the the things going on in the world. This news article caught my eye, but I couldn't help but notice at the end of the article, a longing for purpose in the midst of a seemingly mundane place.

It looks like a strange life-form, like seeing translucent plankton in the sea, lighting up in certain parts... and you wonder what's going on in the darker parts, what kind of life, or activity, is concealed.
We are not seeing the life of individual human beings, but the life of the species as a whole, as if the species was one organism, pulsating like a jellyfish. Maybe it represents our collective existence?

 Or take people's addiction to Facebook...I'm as guilty as everyone else. People want to be noticed or respected or valued...or find meaning in their virtual interactions on social media.

Thankfully, we do have value. But this value is not from others, which could subsequently be taken away. It's not even from ourselves.

Our value/purpose/meaning comes from the Creator. Twice, we have been given immense value. As God's image bearers we have value as his creations, and secondly we are redeemed from the slavery of sin by the exorbitant price of Heavenly Father's own Son. Our redemption comes not because we are better than anyone else...it is simply a recognition of His grace and the repentance of sin.

He loves you, and that gives you purpose and meaning in this life.