March 21st - Seems right
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Prov 14:12 (NKJV)
I grew up in an opinionated family. Around the dinner table we (siblings and parents) would discuss and argue everything from politics to religion. In order to temper our tendency to argue recklessly, my mother made sure that if we found out, through the documentation of the dictionary or encyclopedia, that we were wrong on the facts, we would have to say the words, "I was wrong." Just the knowledge that we would have to say those three very difficult words and acknowledge our "mistake" made us a lot more careful in our handling of the facts.
Not too long ago I was in a "discussion" with my brother and I was sure that I was arguing on the right side of the facts, I was so sure that I would have bet the farm if I was a betting man. We went online to double check the facts and I was wrong."Impossible! How could I have missed it and been so wrong?" I thought. I was so sure and yet, totally and completely wrong. It reminds me of a Proverb that is so important that it is one of the few scriptures that is stated twice. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."
In recent years a new wave of intellectuals has emerged who claim to be atheists. They write their books and articles with great conviction, claiming that they are right and that anyone and everyone who has faith in a higher power must not be very bright or enlightened. They also speak of the Church with unending hubris, putting that ancient institution at the center of the world's problems. That is their opinion, but are
they on the right side of the debate? In answer to their self-proclaimed "scientific" claims I ask them to at least consider René Descartes assertion: "Ex nihilo nihil fit", meaning "Nothing comes from nothing."
In the words of Jesus: "Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." One day, every knee will bow before Jesus and confess Him as Lord--even those who scoff at Him now. When it comes to the issue of eternal life--this is the one issue where we need to humble ourselves and make sure that we have our facts straight.
Author's Note: The world will always be filled with people who are skeptical or who in pride believe that a Being of Superior intellect is unlikely. Talk about arrogance. If we exist as rational beings, what causes the atheists believe that it is unlikely that there are other rational beings in our universe, and that one of those rational beings is vastly superior? Being fair, the existence of God is as likely as is our own. For us who have experienced salvation we don't simply believe in God--we know Him. RJD