Saturday, December 7, 2013

Absolutes, Science and God's Word

My wife and I attended a neighborhood Christmas party last night. There was plenty of great food and beverages but best of all were the conversations amongst neighbors sharing snippets of their lives and families.

One of my neighbors is a fellow author of children's books. He is a retired school teacher and he was conversing with my neighbor directly across the street about retirement, writing and what he enjoys doing. My neighbor across the street is in the medical profession and when not attending to health needs he and his lovely wife are forever working on their various properties and attending to various needs of the neighborhood.  My neighbor across the street is also an atheist. Science explains everything or at least tries to.

The subject turned to writing and somehow drifted to quantum physics. I am way out of element so I nod and smile. He expressed  amazement that things in the universe just don't fly apart and that there are a couple of scientific explanations dealing with matter that help explain it. My answer is that while I do not know what the scientific explanation may be, I do know what God's word says about the issue. It is found in Colossians 1:17 where Paul writes:

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  (Col. 1:15-18 ESV)
The New King James translates the same Greek texts as  by Him all things consist.
God's written word has an explanation for everything we need in life, for in it we have the full revelation of God in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Chapter 2 of the same book, Paul writes:

9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.  (Col. 2:9-10 NKJV)
Jesus said in John 14:6 He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Not "a" way but "The Way, The Truth and The Life". When he was transfigured on the mountain and Moses and Elijah were with Him, the Father spoke to Peter, James and John and said  "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him." Jesus is the fulfillment of all the law and the prophets wrote of.  
The prophet Isaiah in a traditional reading we hear during this Advent season prophesied of Jesus:

 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. ( Isaiah 7:14-15 NKJV)
Matthew writes in the New Testament quoting and explaining Isaiah: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."  (Matt. 1:23 NKJV)
We are told to hear what Jesus says for He is God in the flesh, someone we can see, and understand, and who went through every situation we as humans encounter. He knows our  pain and suffering, our life difficulties and shows us how to live through His written word which testifies about Him.
Well, what about the skeptics who claim there are no absolutes and that the Bible is just a collection of stories and words penned  by people thousands of years ago?  God's word says it is true because Jesus Himself is true. He is absolute truth. How can we know absolute truth?
One of my great musician friends and I were talking last Sunday and it is really quite simple. For those  who claim there are no absolutes, just look at a piece of sheet music. There is a time signature, a  key signature, staff or clef by which the notes are interpreted as to speed, tone and duration. The key can change so it is not an absolute. The tempo can change for it is not an absolute.
However, the value of each note on the page is an absolute. A quarter note remains a quarter note regardless of key signature,  tempo or whether it is  played in the bass clef or treble clef. The note doesn't care for it is an absolute in that piece of music. It's value remains the same every time.  That is an absolute.
God's word is also an absolute. You can bank on it for it is all about Jesus, God with us.   God's written word tells us:

 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  (Heb. 4:12-13 NKJV)
Jesus is the living word and it is He who reveals to us in the written word not only where we fail and what out real motives are, but how we can change to become more like Jesus.  It starts with repentance from doing things our way and to do things God's way. It begins with asking Jesus, the Immanuel, to forgive us of our sins and then accept by faith we are forgiven.  The Godhead then resides within us for the word says in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians:

 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  (1 Cor. 3:16 NKJV).  

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Cor. 6:19-20 NKJV)
Make this Christmas season a memorable one. Come to know the maker of the universe who holds everything together. If your life is coming apart at the seams, come to Jesus and let Him love you and help you in only the ways that He can. He knows you better than you know yourself for He made you.
May you have a blessed second week of Advent as we await the celebration of Christmas, remembering that God Himself came to us in a form to which we can relate and understand.