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Think On These Things, Issue #001
May 01, 2014
Think On These Things
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What Is Your Life?
The meaning and definition of life remains a mystery in the scientific community. Scientists who seek not only to understand life, but to create life from nothing have tried and failed to reach their goals. Part of the problem is that science is trying to understand what science does not have the ability to understand. Human life is not anything that can be measured or understood on a biological, empirical level, for life has one critical element which science cannot measure – the spirit.
The attempt to attach a general definition to the meaning of life has resulted in discovering four characteristics that all life shares. First of all, all life can sense and respond to stimuli. Secondly, all life can process and utilize materials for energy. Thirdly, all living organism have the ability to store information in the form of DNA. And finally, all life can reproduce.
Much of the problem with the scientific approach is that it is usually based on a false premise. The search for the meaning and definition of life is rooted in the assumption that all life came from a chemical reaction of proteins in some primordial soup billions of years ago. Then over the process of evolution, life developed into several varieties. However, when pursuing answers based on such a faulty premise the truth will never be forthcoming.
The meaning and origin of life is not so difficult to understand when the Creator of life has already revealed the answer. In Genesis one the inspired writer shows that it is God who is the origin of life. Furthermore the text shows that man is of all creatures unique and cannot be grouped together with other forms of life such as plants and animals. Unlike every other form of life that God had made, man was created in the image of God as God breathed into man’s nostrils filling him with an eternal soul and giving him a distinct nature unknown to the animal kingdom. (Gen. 1.26; 2.7). And just as human life began with the joining of body and soul, so also does life end with the separation of body and soul (James 2.26)
Life is mysterious, complex, and elusive when one removes the possibility of God. However, when God is understood to be the source of life, then everything comes into view. If God is the source of our life, then should not submitting ourselves to God be the purpose of life (Ecc. 12.13,14).
The CarpenterAn elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.
When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."
What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.
Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely.
Fighting The Good FightThe cultural war is not a fought over matters of opinion and lifestyle but over issues of righteousness and truth verses sin and error. Christian values have been challenged by political correctness as opponents to God and faith have called “evil good and good evil” (Isa. 5.20).
At the heart of the cultural war is the battle over social liberties as some interpret liberty as liberty from moral laws and accountability. Freedom is defined by some as the freedom from restraint and the right to do whatever they want no matter the moral, spiritual, and social consequences. Yet while they preach liberty and freedom they bring themselves and others into the bondage of sin. Well did Peter write that “while they promise liberty they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.” (2 Pet. 2.18,19).
Actually, the target of the cultural war is God. Regardless of the specific issues which are argued, it all comes down to the attempt by some to remove God from society. From the attempt to remove the Ten Commandments from public displays to those who have tried to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance God has been the target of the cultural war.
In the California Supreme Court it was ruled that the constitutionality to define marriage as that which is between a man and a woman was overturned. Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more that those things the Bible explicitly calls lawlessness is now being called lawful in our society.
The solution is to continue to fight the good fight. Sadly many fight the spiritual battle by bringing a knife to a gunfight. We cannot stand up for Biblical family values and principles of righteousness by using worldly weapons, worldly arguments, and worldly wisdom. Indeed, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments, and every high things that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 5.10,11). Only then can we see victory.
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