Story of the Day for Wednesday May 30, 2010
Love and Truth Have Kissed
The Lord will be the stable foundation for your times, a wealthy storehouse of salvation and wisdom and knowledge.
Tim Stafford wrote an article in Christianity Today about a pastor he knew, Dr. Stephen Bilynskyj. He fills a jar with beans and asks his class to guess how many beans are in the jar. On a big pad of paper he writes down their estimates. Then, next to their estimates he asks them to name their favorite song.
After the two lists are completed, he tells them how many beans are in the jar, and the class checks the list to see whose estimate was the closest. Then Pastor Bilynskyj looks at the list of favorite songs and asks them which song is closest to being right.
The students protest that there isn’t a right answer.
Bilynskj asks them, “When you decide what to believe in terms of your faith, is that more like guessing the number of beans, or more like choosing your favorite song?”
The answer is disturbing – invariably they say that their religious faith is like choosing a favorite song. They see their faith, in other words, not as something that is actually true, but as their personal preference.
If God truly exists, we should expect to find his fingerprints. As we examine the fundamental components of life, we should see evidence of an Intelligent Designer – systems that can’t be constructed by a mindless combination of chemicals. And we do.
When we read the story of God’s working among his people, we would expect to find archeological evidence for the places and buildings spoken about. And we do.
If God doesn’t really exist, then life is meaningless, and we must have the courage to admit it. But, isn’t it odd that those who claim there is no God, and no purpose in life, have a dickens of a time practicing their belief?
AsRavi Zacharias was being driven to a lecture he was giving at Ohio State University, his host drove him past the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts, hailed as the first postmodern building. The outer scaffolding gives a sense of incompleteness. Inside, stairways go nowhere and pillars hang from the ceiling without purpose.
The host told Zacharias that the building was designed to reflect life itself – senseless and incoherent – and the “capriciousness of the rules that organize the built world.”
Ravi asked, “So his argument was that if life has no purpose and design, why should the building have any design?”
His host said, “That is correct.”
“Did he do the same thing with the foundation?”
God is not an illusion – something you believe in just to make you feel good. He is the foundation of reality. He makes the things we long for: love and a restored life, real.