It is super early in the morning so I probably should not be typing any of this. I just misspelled morning three times before realizing I left out the first ‘n’. I was working on a critical study of the Gospel of Mark, chapter 16, verses 9 through 20. That particular passage was added after the original manuscript was passed around, but due to its use since it was added the passage has remained in our Bibles. I wanted to validate the truth claims made in the passage using other scriptures for support. So far, so good. I believe I will even find support for being able to ‘handle snakes’.
Alas, for that is not why I decided to blog after so long of a break from the blogging community.
Over the past four months I have stepped up in my desire to tell others about Jesus, primarily my co-workers. Don’t be surprised by this. If I truly believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven and that everyone around me who does not turn from those sins and believe in Jesus’ life, death, and subsequent resurrection (do I have to write the word subsequent?) will die a second death in their sins, then I should be kicking people’s doors in to tell them this truth as well as living a lifestyle that reflects it as well.
But the point of this blog is that I am a skeptic and a doubter of this exclusive faith system that I practice and cling to (for future knowledge, I purposely chose the word ‘cling’ as it most adequately reflects my emotional and psychological attachment to my Christian faith). And as I talk with my co-workers to find out what they believe about the world we find ourselves in, I am discovering more and more that other belief systems are inadequate to explain man’s purpose and meaning for the lives we have been given.
Christianity handles the big three items concerning the existence of man:inherent sin (we are all in rebellion, active and passive, against God Almighty), absolute morality (what applies to me applies to everyone in all situations, places, both past, present, future), and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ (the truth claims of Jesus have to be addressed, and those of other exclusive world views as well – think Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, Atheism).
The biggest concept that I am seeing, which is easily proven false, is that truth is relative or that morality is not absolute. This is the premise behind the concept of tolerance in United States culture. I am not here to defend absolute morality so I will put a link in for those interested.
For me, it comes down to the following questions:
1. If there is absolute truth, where did that standard come from?
2. If the answer to question 1 is a God figure, then are we required to respond to this God figure or has this God figure communicated with us to tell us what to do with this standard?
3. If the answer to question 2 is ‘yes’, then how do we know, or can we validate our answer?
4. If the answer can be validated, then we should act in accordance with that truth to the greatest extent possible.
Maybe I am missing something. Again, it is early and my head is a little foggy from only getting 4 and a half hours sleep with the baby waking up somewhere in the middle of those 4 hours.
All other claims at truth fail to explain man’s existence, at least from what I have studied so far. If you have had a different experience, or drawn different conclusions, and desire to enlighten a searching soul then please hit me up. I want the truth, even if it means rejecting my current belief system.
Thanks for reading.
Keith, a.k.a. Daddy Moose