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Time for a Great Cartoon! (answers)

31 Jan

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 8.48.53 AMWe all want answers in life.  Some in our culture tell us that ultimate answers are undiscoverable, but that position must be recognized as an assumption.  Making up our own answers is no solution either.

This is precisely where Christian theology comes in.  It seeks to present answers to our deepest questions.  However, even theology can be nothing more than the sophisticated guesses of men and women with multiple initials after their names.

What is needed, of course, is some kind of revelation from the Creator as to the meaning of life.  And that is precisely what the Bible claims to be — a disclosure of truth from God about life’s meaning.

The Bible’s answers about the meaning of reality come in two forms: (1) general revelation (God communicating truth about Himself and the universe to everyone without exception through nature, human nature, and history), and (2) special revelation (God communicating truth about Himself and the universe to chosen individuals in specific time periods for His particular purposes).  Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 5.47.26 AMThe term “special revelation” is usually used in reference to the Bible, the Word of God.  Psalms 8 and 19 and Romans 1 illustrate the first kind of revelation.  Psalm 119  and 2 Timothy 3:16 help explain the second.

But what if people don’t want the answers that God’s revelation gives?  They are certainly free to go look elsewhere (although all alternatives prove to be poor substitutes).  What is not open to us is to give up on finding answers to the meaning of life.  For that individual, life becomes vain and empty (a theme dealt with extensively by the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes).

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2015 in meaning of life

 

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One response to “Time for a Great Cartoon! (answers)

  1. Adrian Renee Mills

    January 31, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Individuals who cannot explain or find answers to some of life’s most puzzling questions oftentimes quote Deuteronomy 29:29. Do you think this verse is a cop-out or is it fitting in terms of special revelation?

    “There are some things that the Lord our God has kept secret. Only he knows these things. But he told us about some things. And these teachings are for us and our descendants forever. And we must obey all the commands in that law. (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭29‬:‭29‬ ERV)

     

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