Archive for July, 2007

There is a God

Friday, July 13th, 2007

One truth that I have proven to myself is that there is a God. As I have said before you can’t really prove anything to anyone else, but each of us can only prove something to ourselves. And this is one thing that I am certain of - there is a God. Of course that doesn’t make me very unique because about 92% of the world’s population believes in a God or a supernatural in some sort of way. It just seems to be a conclusion that is easy to come to if you can look around at all. It seems that built within us is this suspicion if not a growing certainty that there is something else besides what we can see.

Only about about 8% of the world population doesn’t believe in God and I bet if you talked to them, in a moment of insight many, even of them, would admit that they weren’t absolutely certain about their non belief in a God. It really takes a lot of effort and narrow concentration to not believe in a God.

The real question that needs to be asked is not if God exists but “What is God like?”. That’s where the really interesting search and research in this life happens. I like this inviting text from the Bible, “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah29:13) I have found this seeking process to be a very stimulating and rewarding effort.

USA and the Reformation

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Having spent the last couple of weeks in Europe following the footsteps of Christians who found themselves in their conscience in opposition to political powers, I am more and more impressed with the need to appreciate and fight for the freedoms that they struggled for.

Many have tried to make a case that our nation was founded upon the “Christian Religion”.  The truth is that the USA was founded more specifically on Protestant principles and most specifically on the protestant principal of freedom of conscience in respect to worship.  This was clearly understood by the framers of our nation. Listen to the words of our second president John Adams:

“I love and revere the memories of Huss, Wickliff, Luther, Calvin, Zwinglius, Melancton and all the other reformers; how muchsoever I may differ from them all in many theological metaphysics & philosophical points.  As you justly observe, without their great exertions & severe sufferings the United States of America had never existed.”  (John Adams, 1821; quoted in The Founders on Religion: A book of Quotations page 15)

I’m afraid that the more our nation moves away from this core principal and towards a socialist form of society, the more likely we are going to lose our individual freedoms and return to the medieval form of society against which the Protestant reformers struggled with their lives.