In The Big Lie I tried to demonstrate that much of what we believe in and take into practice is based on a very big lie. What I did not say is that the biggest of all lies is the opposite of the Big Truth. The Big Truth is that as Francis Schaeffer argued, “God is, and He is not silent.” God is before all things, the creator of all things, and the sustainer of all things, and in Him all things have their purpose. Many seemingly wise people argue against that, believing the Big lie that God is a construct of the human mind. Such arguments and such beliefs are simply not coherent. What I mean by that is that the arguments may be good in part, even for the most part, but they are not coherent from beginning to end.
It starts with what happened in the beginning. The Bible says that God spoke the universe into existence “ex-nihilo” or out of nothing. And we have confirmation of that today from astronomers and physicists, who call the event “the big bang”. Yet many attribute no cause of the event. How can that be? Has anything, big or small, come to be without a cause? Not that we know of for sure. So, like it or not, there must have been a cause. God – the God of the Bible – is the most likely entity to have been that cause, since He is self-existent. In other words, He was, He is, and He will be, God without beginning or end.
Some have argued in the past that the universe is eternal and self existent. That seems no longer open to us. Science has proved it wrong. So if God created the universe, some argue, who created God? But the question of who created God is a secondary question – we can be certain when we look at stonehenge that what we see was designed, yet the question of who designed it remains a mystery. Nobody seriously suspects that it came about by random forces. The real question is who or what is the ultimate first cause? Who or what caused the universe to start to exist? We see in the universe incredible indicators of design – design so intricate and complex and ordered that the only really serious challenge is from those physicists who speculate that there are billions upon billions of universes, and that ours just happens to have been randomly spun or made or evolved or somehow came to be with the appearance of design. How they say these universes came into existence seems never to be addressed. They simply use the ‘multiverse’ as an explanation of why our universe, which seems to be so intricately designed, was really just the result of random forces, and that life therefore probably exists in some of the other universes that have laws of physics and mathematics and chemistry, etc., that are completely different than ours. Seriously? They find that cockamamie idea more believable than that the God of the Bible is the explanation? On what basis? Where is the scientific evidence to support the theory? Where is the testable hypothesis on which can be built scientific proof of its validity?
The real question is who or what is the best candidate for the ultimate explanation of origin? If the universe had a beginning, then it can’t be the first cause. The multiverse seems a stretch of the imagination, to say the least. And it comes often from those who invoke Occam’s Razor in other matters. Why not invoke it here?
So if you have no rational concept of the origin of the universe on which to build your worldview, it is incoherent. See? What they have been feeding you all your life is based on a monumentally big lie. And it just does not have to be that way.
There are so many ways in which the Christian worldview is coherent and cohesive. Yet God chooses to make Himself known to only a few chosen people – the ones He calls “The Elect”. Why? Shouldn’t He make himself known to all? The answer is that that is His desire. He wants all to come to Him, but love cannot be coerced. Those who seek, find! In other words, only the seeker, the person who desires with a pure heart to know God is given the gift of sight that comes from the third person of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit. Seeking and finding are not the same thing. And not all who seek find. God is sovereign. He alone knows the heart. And what we come to understand about God is that we can no more come to a complete understanding of who God is than a man blind from birth can understand the concept of sight. In both cases, we can understand in part, because others tell us it or He is “like” this or or “similar to” that. We understand in part because we were designed with the ability to understand complex thought. Yet sight absolutely must be experienced in order to truly understand it. Same with God. We cannot fully know Him in this life, because we have only the five senses and their related sense organs. What we need is another sense – an organ that enables us to see,hear, taste, smell, and touch Him – and more. All five senses together can’t do that. And even with the power of our God-given ability to think, we still can’t quite get there.
Yet we can begin a new life with Him while still in this one. The Greeks had several words for life: “psyche” is the biological life we know of. But the “zoe” kind of life is the one that starts on the day we are born again, and that never ends! It is life lived in the body for now, but life that continues on in an eternal state – a state not limited by time after the body dies. The life we live here and now is like life in the womb in a sense. We have no idea what life will be like after birth. We are not even fully aware that birth is coming. Yet there is much that needs to be done to prepare for that event. But unlike the life in the womb, we have to use the gift of free thought to decide to seek God and His Kingdom while we are still here. If we do not prepare, we will find ourselves fully able to see and hear and experience heaven, but only from afar. We will be forever locked on the outside, where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Yet only one thing is needed. Only one simple change of heart is required. All that is necessary is to come to God in prayer with a sincere desire to know Him, and to live your life in His care. Say and mean with complete conviction something like the following:
Lord, I have lived in rebellion toward You and rejected your teachings and your commands. I have made many wrong choices in my life, and I’m sorry. I want to turn a new page in my life. I want to become your disciple. I want to live according to your teachings and commands from this day forward. I want to dwell in your house and in your favor forever. Lord, today I give you my life.
When you say those words, then follow through by changing the priorities of your life from seeking whatever you have before (pleasure, wealth, power, etc.) to that of seeking the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, you will become a child of God, and your new life will begin. And when you do, you will have a new sense of direction. You will see and understand that everything you do in this life is preparation for life in your true home, Heaven, and that you don’t have much time left.
I love the way A. W. Tozer put this:
The days of the years of our lives are few, and swifter than a weaver’s shuttle. Life is a short and fevered rehearsal for a concert we cannot stay to give. Just when we appear to have attained some proficiency we are forced to lay our instruments down. There is simply not time enough to think, to become, to perform what the constitution of our natures indicates we are capable of. How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years. God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves. For those out of Christ, time is a devouring beast; before the sons of the new creation time crouches and purrs and licks their hands. The foe of the old human race becomes the friend of the new, and the stars in their courses fight for the man God delights to honor.
So stop living life incoherently. Question what you have been taught. Trust that there is something more. Trust that Jesus did live life on Earth as a man, that He did say that He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that there are amazing things that we can never fully know in this life, but that will be revealed in spectacular speldor in the next. Believe me, I have tried living life both ways. There is absolutely no comparison. The most profound paradox in life is this: that whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake will find it.