A Natural Disaster

There are ultimately only two basic views of reality. The first allows for metaphysics and the second is limited to mere physics. Another helpful way of describing these contrasting categories is to call the first a supernatural worldview and the second a natural one. One person believes in the existence of God while another declares it impossible.

The Apostle Paul refers to both categories in Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Paul says that all who invest only in the physical world, only in the flesh, will receive their reward from nature. Those who invest in metaphysics, to the Spirit, will receive their reward from God. Both views represent paths with predetermined destinations. One leads to corruption while the other leads to life.

It is interesting that a purely natural worldview leads to corruption. Even the law of entropy teaches us that this is true. Nature is moving away from something (a beginning) towards an end. One does not have to look far to find scientists who recognize that the earth has both a beginning, as well as, an inevitable end. The earth is not able to indefinitely sustain life. To only invest in this world is most certainly to result in disaster.

Conversely, those who invest to the Spirit will receive life. Jesus posed this truth in the form of a question, “What does is profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” If one rejects the idea of anything immaterial, of any reality of a soul, then to lose it would be of little consequence. It is, after all, already lost – or that is to say it never existed to begin with. However, if man is more than just matter plus environment, if man has a soul, then this would be a great loss indeed.

I don’t wish here to present arguments for the reality of metaphysics based on beauty, morality, or human longing. Neither do I seek to present a theological basis for the exclusivity of Christ as revealed and vindicated by the Spirit. While I believe both are important, I simply want to emphasize the biblical notion of two paths. One is natural leading to corruption. The other is supernatural leading to life.

As Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” On another occasion Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.” Jesus made it clear that the natural road is broad and is traveled by the multitudes. The way to life is found only through Christ. Herein the spiritual road is said to be quite narrow and its passengers few.

The real question is which road are you on?

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” – CS Lewis

“We have said we must be fond of this world, even in order to change it. We now add that we must be fond of another world (real or imaginary) in order to have something to change it to.”
-GK Chesterton