Sunday, May 20, 2012

By It I See Everything

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." - C.S. Lewis

Too often we treat the message of God with ambivalence.  There are many who reject it outright, but far too many others who consider it with an apathetic air.  They may claim outwardly that it is important, but take no further action than that.  Unfortunately that seems to be the attitude that rules the day in the culture these days... apathy.  Unless it leads to comfort and ease, it is of no consequence.  They may say, "that's nice you believe that."  And they may even throw in the vague notion of "everyone should have something like that to believe in".  But in the end, the message that is of the utmost importance to everyone alive is shrugged off.  The momentary search for comfort or excitement or whatever it is distracts attention from where the focus ought to be.

To the non-Christian what is the chief aim in life?  Is it not happiness, in whatever form it may take for each individual person?  So then, let us say there is an atheist on one side, and a Christian follower of Jesus on the other.  If both live a "happy" and "full" life, by the world's standards the best has been attained by both.  But the difference here is that the atheist is gambling on the fact that there is no God and no one to stand before when he dies to give account of himself to.  And to what gain?  It would seem a very foolish wager indeed.

It is a pity that more people do not fully see the importance of living a life as a follower of Jesus.  It is not always an easy path to take, in fact it is promised to be hard.  But hard paths to do not always rob you of happiness or joy.  In this case it is just the opposite.  And I am thankful that is the case.  The message of Christ is very much real, therefore it is of utmost importance!

"If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning." - C.S. Lewis

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