While existentialists have been pondering the answer to life’s Ultimate Question for generations, I don’t think they’ve ever understood the (right) question in the first place. To question the existence of God and the accountability of man is the sure path to never finding true bliss and meaning and puts them on a circuitous treadmill of, well, never arriving.
The Bible doesn’t spend a whole lot of time trying to prove the existence of God. It’s intrinsically and automatically assumed. From the outset…He is. First book, first chapter, very first phrase of the very first verse…
In short, the only written record in mankind’s possession that can boast to contain only truth from heaven, and has remained unilaterally unchallenged and supernaturally preserved, assumes we are here by Intelligent Design, and so asks, “What will you do, then, with such information?”
Those who challenge such a claim reveal only one thing about themselves: they don’t want any such God to tell them what to do.
Aldous Huxley, grandson of Thomas Huxley who was Darwin’s colleague, stated in his article, “Confessions of a Professed Atheist“:
One’s matrix of understanding must begin with “In the beginning God…” before meaning and fulfillment can even be hinted at. If there’s any other subject that replaces God in that sentence (i.e., chance, evolution, myself) life becomes an unsolvable riddle and cruel mystery.
For the ones with eyes to see, however, our quest is not finished. It’s not enough to acknowledge we are here by the agenda of Another. There is now, for us, a comma, followed by a “therefore” and brought to a clearly defined response.
“He is God, therefore I…”
In Bible times there were these poignant questions asked by God (or on behalf of God) to some of the more familiar people of both testaments. Questions that changed their course dramatically:
- Where are you, Adam?
- Who is on the Lord’s side?
- What is the meaning of the bleating of these sheep, Saul?
- Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth, Job?
- Whom shall I send? Who will go for us? (A two-fer for Isaiah!)
- Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?
Looking back on my own life, the most life-changing question I was ever asked, I was asked in front of 2,000 people. In my mid-teens, I’d just knelt at a church altar, laying my life down for God…for only God knew what. I was still puzzled by what it all meant as my feet slogged back to a pew in the rear of the cavernous auditorium.
What did I sign up for, Lord?
Can You confirm something? Anything?
My youth pastor must’ve known something I didn’t, for he asked for some testimonies by show of hands:
(Hands held aloft)
Who confessed sin and rededicated your lives back to God tonight?
(Many hands everywhere)
Who came to dedicate your life to a specific mission for God?
(A dozen or so hands, maybe?)
Did I? I didn’t know. Nothing so much…specific…as generally offered…
But still, my hand went up slowly.
I must’ve caught his eye way back there in the back with hundreds and hundreds of people between myself and Pastor John. Yeah, right.
“I see you back there, Scott,” he smiled from the podium.
You have GOT to be kidding me. He. Saw. Me. And singled me out. My heart was swallowed up by my stomach.
“Did you come to this altar tonight to surrender for preaching ministry?” he asked, somewhat slyly.
And there it was.
Clear as crystal.
In a micro-second, I then knew why I was on the earth. I was fourteen years young and I already had the answer to my own why.
“Yes sir,” I responded, my voice cracking from the back.
And here was my humblest yes – not to Pastor John, but to God Himself. And 2,000 witnesses.
“I thought so,” he said into the microphone, his amplified voice cracking too.
So I ask you, in closing. Why are YOU here? What big answer is YOUR life to give?
Thanks for reading today, beloved. Sorry I’ve not posted all week, but, you know, life…but anyway, in tomorrow’s post I want to follow up this piece with another that offers some of Christ’s most important questions for His followers – taken directly from the Gospels. I think you’ll find them to be just as pertinent for us now as they were then.