The Bubbles in Which We Live – The Foundations Upon Which We Build


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August 5, 2015

The grandkids have gone back home to Washington. Most things in life faded to the background while they were here. Back to reality.

So now, let’s see. Where were we?

Oh yes. Unicorns. And now onward, to consider bubbles.

A friend of mine responded to my last post with this comment on my Facebook page:

Sorry, Ken, but it’s pretty rich for people who rely on faith to compare marriage equality to belief in magical fairy-tale creatures for which there is no proof. Many people (more all the time) call Christianity a ridiculous belief in things for which there’s no proof. Are they in a bubble of their own fantasy, or are you?

I have been pondering this. Scratching my head, and pondering.

Headscratcher

Yes, indeed, I live in a bubble. Who doesn’t? Each of us comes with a history of raising: education, family, early connections, tradition and whatever else fills in the story of our lives. Most probably have more than one bubble in which we live.

My primary one – the one that surpasses and encompasses all the rest – follows just below. This is the bubble into which I want all my other life bubbles to be absorbed. It’s the one which orders my worldview, I hope with increasing consistency and integrity.

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

There is also this, and this. These describe my primary bubble.

Maybe more accurately they describe the foundation upon which my life and worldview are being built.

What about you, the one reading this?

  1. Does your worldview have a foundation? Who or what is the foundation of your worldview?
  2. How have you arrived at your value system and worldview?
  3. Is your worldview cohesive? Or is it syncretistic, picked piece by piece from this source and that, as though walking through a buffet line?

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We all rely on faith in something or someone.

This is impossible for human beings to avoid. Faith informs worldview, whether actively examined or not. There is no one on earth who does not rely on faith. So, I – one of something over 7 billion “faithers” – am not unique in that regard.

If a person wants to place their faith in the transitory, fleeting fads and philosophies of man, that person is free to do so. If a person wants to put their faith in political movements and social engineers, that person is free to dive in.

If persons increasingly reject Christ, as my friend suggests, of what effect is that on reality and truth? Most through the centuries have refused belief in Him. This is hardly news. The opinions of men are not the final arbiter of really anything.

“Marriage equality” is a PC slogan, carrying lots of influence but little meaning.

As I have stated before, marriage has been around since God (not man) thought of it, and has generally been available to everyone. It’s ubiquitous and universally recognized the world around. Only in the past 15 years or so has the idea risen that marriage has been deficient in scope all these millennia, requiring major tinkering to fix. Like God somehow forgot something.

There are two kinds of humans on earth: male and female.

(And as they used to say, “vive la différence”.)

Male shows some aspects of the Imago Dei; female shows others. Notice in Genesis 1:27, when God was creating us humans, He made us in His image, and in the context of creating in His image, He created us male and female. That was not a random event. It takes both for the most complete, if imperfect, means of representing His image on this earth. That’s one of several primary reasons He ordained marriage as He did.

Here’s marriage equality for you: 1 + 1 = 1.

There’s only one way that’s possible: Male + Female = One.

The argument is with God, not me.

As for Christianity being a belief in “things”: rather, it’s a believe in Jesus as God, crucified and raised from the dead. As for it being a fairy-tale with no proof, the evidence for the reality of the Resurrection of the Messiah is strong. Here is how Josh McDowell presents the case. (The web page is ugly, but the argument is sound.)

People can surely decide Christ is a fairy tale. They cannot direct the consequences of that decision. If something is true, but the high majority of people say it isn’t true. the true thing does not thus become untrue. It just isn’t recognized for what it is.

It seems to me to be much richer to equate belief in the Son God to belief in unicorns (which is essentially atheism), as it does to compare the recent invention of same sex mirage (a term used by Doug Wilson and several others) to unicorns. In our societal journey, we seem to be outstripping the Greeks and Romans, who sexual anarchied themselves into oblivion.

Gay “marriage” is indeed every bit as much a fairy tale as are unicorns.

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This was the point of my previous post. It is impossible for it to exist, being antithetical to God’s purpose and intent for marriage. Man has no intellectual, spiritual, legal, nor any other power to change it. As I said, man is far distanced from his realm of ability and authority to attempt it. Our Supreme Court might as well change the temperature of the sun.

Mere humans cannot change Divine sacrament.

Just saying words doesn’t change reality. Coming up with slogans, terms and political movements does not move the Divine mind, at least not in the way wishful thinkers hope it will.

I stand by the premise. Gay “marriage” is a fairy tale, no more real than unicorns. That’s because we did not create marriage and we are helpless to make it something other than what it is. How have we come to the conclusion that we have been so supernaturally endowed?

I believe the answer to that question is pervasive moral confusion, mixed with arrogance and pride. May we all humble ourselves.

Photo: Steffen Ramsaier on Flickr, Wikimedia, KConnors on Morguefile, Steve Czajka on Flickr

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