Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Christianity is All-Encompassing

Christianity is a marvelous religion.  Five truths are worth remembering:

1)                  It’s known for its timelessness of ideas
2)                  It’s eternal concepts greet believers
3)                  God shows his all-encompassing nature
4)                  God reveals his interconnectedness with creation
5)                  Human beings have natural limitations 

Timelessness of Ideas

Throughout the millennium such notions have evolved that are traditionally and culturally bound.  From age to age these ideas have been passed down and have become a part of people’s consciousness.  Of our timelessness Paul Rand (19141996), an art director and graphic designer wrote, “The principal role of a logo is to identify, and simplicity is its means … Its effectiveness depends on distinctiveness, visibility, adaptability, memorability, universality, and timelessness.”  Although Rand was referring to graphics he was talking about Christianity throughout the ages.

Eternal Concepts

In cultures there’s a belief in an eternal existence.  From the beginning people of different faith traditions debated and expressed confidence in this reality.  Christianity stands prominently as one of these faiths where our Creator is worshiped, and adored, and the promise of an afterlife is central.  In Jesus Christ who died on the Cross at Calvary rests our eternal hope.  Henry Adams (18381918), a historian reminded us: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  Jesus was the premiere teacher, his life’s history, and teachings are recorded in the Gospels.

God’s Nature

Many religious leaders focus on the omnipresence of God.  Christ is part of the Trinity and a monotheistic God.  Albert Pike (18091891), an attorney, writer, and Freemason wrote, “One man is equivalent to all Creation.  One man is the World in miniature.”  It was sin which came into the world with Adam and Eve when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.  To this day people are affected by their defiance.  It was Jesus - the new Adam, who later became the pioneer of our salvation.

Interconnectedness of Creation

Linkages clearly show our interconnectedness to living and non-living entities.  These appear rather simple but are complex. Just imagine the existence of energy fields, the air we breathe, water we drink, and our relationship with other animals, creatures, insects, and plants.  The solar systems and galaxies are vital to life.  How great is our God who brought into existence elements, landscapes of mountains, valleys, seas, oceans, and rivers.

Human Beings with Limitations

Unlike our Creator who’s in every way infinite, humans are finite.  People who depend on their logical minds in making decisions are considered foolish.  Nikola Tesla (18561943), a Serbian American inventor and futurist wrote, “It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations.  Precisely one of the more gratifying results of the intellectual revolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects.”  Many men and women stress their minds as the primarily seats of knowledge and learning, but God looks at our hearts.  This is how it’s revealed God bases his knowledge of us.             

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