I’ve been musing about new life; but then I reflected how can someone tell if I am truly alive?
Well a doctor would instantly go durrrr! Heart beat? Respiration? Activity? Or they might supply a broader definition:
Richard Dawkins, however, in his book ‘The Selfish Gene’, states ‘The argument of this book is that we, and all other animals, are machines created by our genes’.
Really Richard? Most scientists, especially those working in the healthcare profession, counsellors and psychologists would beg to differ.
But, most importantly, what does God say about life?
John 3:16New Living Translation (NLT) “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 14:6 [NLT] Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
John 10:10 [The Message] Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
So the Son of God is very clear real life, life to the full is found in one place only -in Him. Unfortunately many in our society listen to the ‘thieves’ and ‘sheep stealers’. ‘What worries me about religion is that it teaches people to be satisfied with not understanding the world they live in.’ Richard Dawkins
I have never yet met a faith-fuelled person of any brand of religion who could be described as being satisfied with not understanding the world. They seek truth and understanding in many ways, partly by soaking up the information around them and partly by active seeking. In fact, one of the scientists who discovered the human genome declares “I believe that God did intend, in giving us intelligence, to give us the opportunity to investigate and appreciate the wonders of His creation. He is not threatened by our scientific adventures”. Frances Collins.
My own journey to discover God came through a scientific examination of the historical evidence behind the Bible and the person of Jesus. Having decided that all the evidence available pointed to a creator God and a person claiming to be the son of God who amazed all who met him, was killed by the authorities of the day and subsequently resurrected, I surrendered myself to Him. Calling Him Father is the most wonderful thing and that decision was the best thing I have ever or will ever do. It was having my own children that prompted the desire to know the truth about whether God existed.
As CS Lewis said (in Mere Christianity) of Jesus, “You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to”.
So I made my choice, invited Jesus in through the door my life, and from then on, by his undeserved grace, was adopted into His family and became a new creation with a new life.
In the powerful lyrics of Philippa Hanna, in ‘New For Old’
He blows the dust from off the surface
Traces each and every line
And with Scarred and weathered fingers
Holds it up towards the light
He knows exactly what he has to do to bring it back to life
Nothing is worthless for the one who sees the gold
New for old.
My next musing will be about my adopted family – the Church.