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I could go on to speak of eventual skepticism that came about when it appeared man was not going to save world by knowledge. I could tell you about Immanuel Kant who turned skepticism upside down by denouncing John Locke’s “blank slate” theory of human mind. Kant said human mind was not passive but active in generating “causality.” This brought us back to metaphysical concepts that Enlightenment had worked feverishly to undermine. Kant told us that there is a world beyond natural; therefore, metaphysical concepts such as God, soul of man, and freedom really did exist. I’m thankful that Kant brought us back to Bible, in a round about way of course. Again, he had his say.
In nineteenth century, order and symmetry went out window. The age of postmodernism was dawning through writings of Friedrich Nietzsche—God is dead—and Michel Foucault. These guys were way out there. But we gave them their say.
Then came twentieth century. I believe we’ve come full circle from power ministry in Acts of Apostles to earth being center of universe during Middle Ages to power of human reasoning in Age of Reason to “God is dead” of nineteenth century to Existentialism of twentieth century to present day “uncertainties” of Quantum physics. We are back to square one. What is square one?
In beginning God created…God is Sovereign over all. Just when we think we are pretty smart, having figured out mysteries of universe, some new thing like Quantum physics comes along and destabilizes importance of man’s role in universe. Man is not as big as he thinks he is. As a matter of fact, it appears that Relativity, paradox of light—being waves and particles at same time—is kicking our philosophical rear. I think it’s easier just to admit that I, a mortal man, am in utter dependence on God of universe. I, a mere man, need God’s help to see me through this maze. And if He has provided redemptive help by sending me His Son, then I would be a fool to ignore Him. God, give me Jesus. And when you are finished with me on this earth, beam me up to where you are.
After all, only certainty I have in this uncertain life is Jesus. By Him all things exist.
Keep faith. Stay course. Jesus is coming again to straighten out our mess.
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