Man, I visited another college yesterday, and what I thought was figured out is now becoming complicated and calling into question what I thought my future was going to look like. All I can do now is trust, obey, and follow the Lord wherever He leads me day by day.
Like with college, everyone faces hard decisions that feel like “If I mess them up I’ll mess everything up.” I honestly don’t know how I would survive without the God who guides and provides for me to be able to glorify Him.
The Deistic belief that there’s some entity that set the world in motion and then sat back to watch it crumble is so hopeless to me. How is there ever a right or a wrong, and how is there ever any discerning of direction?
Without the personal God that we know to be the only true god, it wouldn’t matter what college I chose, not because both options would be RIGHT but, rather, because both options would be WRONG. No divinely ordained truth, no intimate relationship with our Creator, no straight and narrow path to guide us to an eternity of glorifying our Lord. No way.
And then there’s those who don’t believe in any god at all, the cosmos and everything in it, including us, is purely physical. Where is hope then? What is the purpose and meaning of life? If the universe is a godless pit of matter and energy then we only matter in relation to events outside of self, because self passes away into nothingness. Then, logically, since science (in agreement with biblical theology, might I add) says that everything in the universe is decaying, we could be assured that people, as physical beings, would not last forever. If you follow this naturalistic belief to its logical conclusion, everything and everyone passes away into nothingness. No lasting impact. No memories of this life. So there is no purpose or meaning to anything you have done, are doing, or will ever do, to put it lightly.
When I say this I genuinely mean it, I just don’t know how people do this life without the Lord. Who is their comforter when everything and everyone only brings hurt? Where is their eternal hope when all else passes away? What is there to live for when one day there will be nothing left?
As Christians, we can answer these questions. But those without God are either resigned to their hopeless and helpless ideology, deceiving themselves into thinking some sliver of purpose can be derived from a universe destined to end in nothingness, or choosing to put all thought aside and plant themselves at the starting line of their naturalistic beliefs, never following them to the inevitable conclusion of, let’s say it together now, nothingness.
This is not meant to roast any person, but yeah it definitely roasts a false worldview. And I also hope this encourages Christians to talk to those around them who have a false belief about God that leaves them with a totally messed up lense to see the world through. Imagine their surprise when they die when, instead of disappearing into the void, they wake up in Hell. So though this hasn’t been the most cheerful post (ahem, see the previous sentence for an example), know that having the correct view of God is the most important thing you can do. And, though I talked a lot about how what we choose to believe about God affects us, the real reason it’s the most important thing is God. How it affects us is negligible when compared with giving the King of kings and Lord of lords the glory and honor that He is worthy of.
” […] Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12b-13 NIV)