Doesn’t make it so.
May 21st, 2019
It’s interesting to note, that while we are such a technology-driven culture, we still acknowledge the presumption of things that are outside of our current awareness.
Science fiction – We have numerous productions that portray advanced science, where we travel through space at speeds that eclipse lights ability to propagate. It is theoretically impossible, based on physics today to accomplish this, yet a good number of scripts detail a common practice of jumping to lightspeed or even multiple times the speed of light with warp-speed.
Astro physics suggests that there is a possibly of folding time on itself, poking a hole through the fold and suddenly wormholes become common in literature. Gates and portals that transport matter and beings safely through vast distances nearly instantaneously.
Based on fact? Hardly.
The macabre – Other productions about magic, dark arts; the macabre is employed to conjure up thought of hyper-natural events and abilities outside of our understanding and present these things are common for those who are engaged in them.
Everywhere we turn today, even though we live in a world that functions with technology beyond the imagination, we still thrive on expanding those possibilities even further yet because we anticipate something greater than that which we can prove in a laboratory.
Craving for the hyper-natural
We have a craving for the hyper-natural in our literature, so much so, we go as far as to accept these things not just as a fantasy of the mind but as a potential of probability. We don’t have the proof, but we believe that this could actually be accomplished, that it could be out there, and we haven’t encountered it yet, that there is something is beyond those outside our senses and sensibility we just do not understand.
And yet, when God informs us of acts and wonders beyond definition of human understanding, we seem to want to dismiss it as superstitious folly.
The irony of these phenomena, is that we are willing to wrap our minds around concepts are beyond fact as we know it and embrace things and abilities that are not anything like life as we know it, but when it comes to spiritual events and activities of a God that is bigger than our space-time, that lives outside it and created it for his pleasure with nothing more than a word; we falter, fail, and consider this impossible because we can’t prove it with our science.
And the same people who disdain those who honor and acknowledge that God, will pay substantial money to sit for hours to watch the next exploit of Luke Skywalker.
It’s an irony and a slur to progressive thinking.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
A passage as simple as this is scoffed at because it requires the investment of faith that isn’t possible to prove with human understanding. We should not and cannot depend on our own understanding if we are going to embrace the wonderful things God has in store for us. All are far beyond our comprehension.
The fact is, what we don’t know is by far greater than what we know. We don’t know just how much we don’t know.
It is intellectual bias to embrace things that require investment in trust, while simultaneously deny what is contained in God’s Word.
Even though there is documented authenticity throughout the scripture regarding the points at which text was penned by numerous authors who appear completely independent of one another, but their writings point to future events that transpired hundreds of years after their demise exactly as they were written.
Those wishing to debunk the accuracy of the Bible has suggested that those prophetic texts were actual write subsequent to the events, so the accuracy reflected is more history than musings regarding the future. These theories have been disproven time and time again.
So much so that one would have to ask, when is enough, enough? Yet the same people accept travel through a wormhole.
Do not lean on your own understanding
Eternity (yet another thing we cannot fully comprehend) is in the balance for each and every one of us, but yet we choose to rely on our own ability to reason and gather facts together to support our position.
The reality is that our position, if predicated purely on just facts, doesn’t make it so. Our position is woefully precarious when we trust only facts, we understand to be true. There is more out there than our understanding can encompass, and our comprehension can master. Unless we are willing to take that leap of faith and accept what God has said in His Word we are not only selling ourselves short but placing ourselves and everyone that looks to us in eternal jeopardy.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (CSB)
Our unwillingness to accept this truth will result in our ultimate failure. Placing ourselves above the knowledge, understanding, power, and sovereignty of the one who created us, is self-inflammation beyond reason and flies in the face of the God that created us.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
God desires, among other things we acknowledge him for who he is and what he’s done, but even more, he desires that we have a relationship with him; forever. We can’t fathom forever, but he lives in it and wants us to live in it with him.
It’s not about “Just Facts”.
Pseudo-Christians can document all the things they do to practice their faith. It’s not about that at all. We can’t work our way into the graces of God. We must accept His grace in faith, in order to establish that relationship that will last forever and result in our abiding existence in the presence of our creator.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works. You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe — and they shudder.
James 2:18-19 (CSB)
“Just Facts”, will not give us a relationship with God, faith will.
In the Grace of Jesus!