If There Is A God

God doesn’t exist. How could a righteous God exist with all of the war, sickness, death, oppression, and poverty that exists in the world? The truth is that life is meaningless. It is senseless without any substantial rhyme or reason. No purpose.

But, wait! If this is the case, where did I get my sense of what is righteous and just in relation to what is crooked and unfair? If life was really meaningless and senseless, we shouldn’t notice because, without meaning and sense, how would we have any idea of meaning and sense is?

This brings me back to a point that I’ve made several times before. If there really isn’t a God, then why do we have atheists? If I am an atheist, why am I taking an intentionally defensive stance against something that isn’t really there to defend against?

Why do people do good things for others, but, then refuse payment for their good deeds? You may say that they did it to make themselves feel good. But, if that is so, why does it make them feel good?

The fact that we are bothered by injustice indicates that justice exists. A standard exists by which we compare what is right and what is not.

What is left, then, is to come to grips with the existence of injustice. I don’t have a magic bullet answer, but, at the same time, in my own experience I have found greater peace and meaning in my life by experiencing difficulties.

God is love and His nature is revealed in James 1:27 where the bible says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” It is likely that the pain so evident in the world now is consequentially related, through a spider web of chain reactions, to humanistic tendencies manifested in the earliest history of man on earth.

We don’t have all of the answers right now, but, He does. He is the source of the justice that flickers like a moral pilot light in us and He will prevail. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know that it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.”
-C.S. Lewis

Confidence In Life

It was just prior to the time that Jesus became alive again that he suffered the most physical abuse and torture. Such suffering came after several years of living on meager means and being confronted by criticism and resistance at every turn. All of this, together with the best days that Jesus experienced as a human, must have made him shiver in cold comparison to the divine existence that he gave up in order to be able to make this sacrifice.

Yet, he persisted in the hope of his vindication and in the interest of all of us who can’t help, but, to fail in our quest toward righteous life. He knew the stakes involved and he knew then, as he does now, what the end will look like for human civilization as we know it.

Our trust in Him and our hope in His promise of what is yet to come is what we have to sustain us. It is our hope for something that we do not yet have, but, that we look for. It is the house in which my soul finds rest and it is a home that was built by infinite and divine, all-knowing love. It is love that I can’t comprehend or exhibit.

Regardless of the distractions that compete in the quest to turn my head away from the goal and hope that is before me, as long as my hand remains firmly in His as I walk, I can have confidence in life.

Walk Two

Walk Two is a new and growing e-zine that I’d like to encourage you to check out. It is a lens through which to reflect on the daily Christian walk through essays, poetry, art, and music. So, take a few minutes and stop in:

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Morning Walk

Bantering about
What is right and what is good
Rose out of bed and now walking in the sun
Contemplating propogandic logic that seems to make sense
Still trying to grasp where I fit in or if I fit in at all
Alone yet accompanied
On a meandering path
Sweat drenched
But relieved

Homecoming

I read something yesterday that I thought was pretty profound with regard to where our focus should be as Christians (from DEVOTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS by Brennan Manning):

In our society we have not only many homeless people sleeping on the streets, in shelters, or in welfare homes, but also vagabonds who are in flight, who never come home to themselves. They seek a safe place through alcohol or drugs, or security in success, competence, friends, pleasure, notoriety, knowledge, or even a little religion. They have become strangers to themselves, people who have an address but are never at home, who never hear the voice of love or experience the freedom of God’s children. To those of us in flight, who are afraid to turn around lest we run into ourselves, Jesus says: “You have a home…I am your home…claim me as your home…you will find it to be the intimate place where I have found my home…it is right where you are…in your innermost being…in your heart.

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
John 14:23

Jesus makes his home in us as individual children and that is the foundational, critical piece without which, membership in a church or identification as being associated with other Christians (the church in the biblical sense), is worth anything at all.