The gospel is a foolish message delivered to blind men in a fallen world.
And yet it is the very light by which they must see in order to understand the world in which they live.
I know this claim is audacious. Yet it is not unlike Hawking’s assertion (quoted yesterday) that to discover a theory of everything would be to know the mind of God. The Christian is so deluded as to think he understands the mystery of the cosmos. Or perhaps it the physicist who is deluded to think he can develop a complete theory of the universe apart from the Creator. Herein lies the challenge presented by the Apostle Paul:
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor. 4:3-4)
This passage teaches us that there is nothing that we can do apart from the Spirit of God to convince a skeptic. This is not to say we don’t love them, seek to answer their questions, work like crazy to understand their objections, but that ultimately their eyes are blinded to the truth of the light of God’s glory. Like the story of the blind man, unless Jesus is to spit in the ground, and press the moist clay into the eyes, they will not see.
Apologetics and Christian philosophy are not enough. They are helpful and important, but they are insufficient. If we are to develop a Christian TOE (Theory of Everything) we must understand that man is not a neutral bystander reflecting without bias on evidence and logical arguments. As we will see tomorrow, some atheists have boldly admitted as much. Without a proper understanding of spiritual warefare we may find that we are fighting the wrong battle:
……………………………………………………………………… Every day this week I will post a brief article on the topic of “A Christian Theory of Everything.” These posts are taken from a sermon I preached this weekend on 2 Corinthians 4 entitled, “Creation, Incarnation, & Regeneration: An Explanation of Reality.” I will post the audio and my sermon notes next week. (Part 1)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)