Believe in God to truly know him

By Riverine Herald

HUMAN beings are a funny lot.

We are often quick to criticise people of the past, but fail to perceive that we will be criticised by future generations.

Why does this occur?

The ethos of today is not the ethos of yesteryear; nor the ethos of the future years.

Often, also, it has to do with a lack of understanding concerning the context of any particular time.

All people live out the dominant paradigm of their day.

What people had to live with, and what bias existed in the culture of that time cannot be appreciated since we tend to live in a ‘different world’.

This is from where our blindness stems.

We are so intoxicated with our own cultural mores that we fail to see how others could think differently and act differently.

Perhaps there is a certain amount of fear involved with thinking beyond our “cocoon”.

To do that means opening ourselves up to self-criticism and that is uncomfortable.

However, wisdom cries out for more thought.

A case in point is the change that has occurred due to postmodern thinking.

The people of the past had thinking that said that absolutes do exist.

That is, certain values and beliefs are true for all times and all places.

Today, the only absolute people acknowledge is the absolute that nothing is absolute.

Indeed, that is contradictory, but this is the paradigm of postmodern thinking.

In the past, men and women were open to the reality of a Creator who has made the world and everything in it.

The Christian worldview that gave rise to western values is founded on the truth of the resurrection of Christ.

It is that belief in that truth that has transformed the western culture and its values.

My challenge to the reader is to see beyond the modern ruling paradigm of postmodern thought to the truth that Jesus has risen from the dead.

It is the truth of the resurrection that affirms to us the truth of all that Jesus did and taught.

The key message of what He taught was that there is no relationship with God apart from believing in Himself.

The ruling postmodern paradigm makes it very hard for anyone to accept that something like a resurrection is possible and also relevant to this day.

However, if true, then it must inform all areas in our lives.

Some people like to question everything and I think that can be helpful. I admit that I’m of that bent.

But questioning must consider the big picture and include ourselves in such questioning.

I love history and nostalgia and often ponder what people thought, say 200 years ago.

What frame of reference were they in?

What historical realities did they face, without social media, television or radio?

Many of these people were Christian.

They accepted that absolutes exist and that meaning and purpose were given by God.

Rarely did a person say that there was no God.

In thinking this way, they opened themselves up to truly know the God of creation.

David McAllan

Echuca Community Church