Meridian Star

Religion

March 1, 2014

Invisible realities

MERIDIAN — Have you ever stood on a railroad track and followed the rails with your eyes to the distant horizon? The two tracks appear to converge into one. But in reality, they never touch. They always remain parallel.

    Sometimes what we see appears to be one thing but it is not real. Looks can be deceiving.

    So it is with this material world. It looks substantial. But science knows that what we see is made of tiny whirling bits of energy. From our viewpoint, matter seems solid. But it isn’t. If you move in close enough with a microscope, you see tiny molecules, composed of even tinier atoms, made of even tinier bits of vibrating power.

    Our natural vision can only take us so far. After that, science can only calculate or infer. Looking down into matter at the sub-atomic level or looking up at the stars at a cosmic scale, we deduce how reality works but there is a lot we don’t know.

    This splendid world in which we live in has aspects outside of our human ability to see. There are ultraviolet and infrared spectra of light beyond the range of human vision. They exist, but we can’t see them with unaided eyes.

    Without help, some things are beyond our ability to see or know. They may be real, but they can’t be proven apart from scientific tests or mathematical models.

    Accepting this as a fact, we come to a fundamental truth about our existence. Apart from a revelation of reality that includes the unseen realm, we are left blind. We can only surmise or guess. Yet invisible realities affect us all the time.

    So when someone says to you “I don’t believe in God” or, “I don’t believe in miracles” or, “I don’t believe God answers prayer” or, “I don’t believe in life after death,” they are making a claim to an absolute certainty of knowledge. What they are actually saying is, “I have never experienced that.”

    The movie entitled “Contact,” starring Jodie Foster, is a beautifully done piece of cinema that contrasts science with faith. Both, it turns out, are a form of theology. One has a premise that claims there is no Creator, no God; that all life, and this harmonious universe, sprang into existence of itself.

    The other belief system says that creation is a demonstration that God exists and He made all that we see.

    I am in this latter camp. I think scientific atheism take too much faith. I am not willing to bet my eternal soul on the chance roll of cosmic dice. I have eyes to see and a brain that works, so I believe the Bible’s account.

    This elegant world has intricate pre-coded life. DNA’s irreducible complexity requires simultaneous inter-operability to work. It can’t exist by coincidence. It had a Designer. Plus, the spiritual dimension is real. How do I know that? I’ve experienced it!

    I have worshipped God until I’ve been enveloped by his awesome holy presence. I have seen powerful answers to prayers that are beyond human explanation. I have read stories of people who came back from death to describe heaven’s beauty. I have heard angels sing. I have felt God’s love and heard his voice. He is real to me.

    I live life based on this reality: a man named Jesus died to save me on a cross outside Jerusalem in AD 33, just like the Bible says; that He came back from the dead; is alive today; and He now offers eternal life to all those who love Him.

    What does your heart tell you? Where do you get your faith? Do you go with your silly head and deny God based on secular science? Or do you go with historic human reality, trusting your heart, your conscience, and the Bible?

    Your own experience tells that you life must have a purpose; that you are special; that eternity is real; and the fact is, only the truth of Christ Jesus can explain it all.

    Ron Wood is a pastor, writer, and a former resident of Meridian. You can reach him at wood.stone.ron@gmail.com.

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