Embracing the Giver of all good Gifts
by Joey Zorina
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Man is not left alone in a silent, aimless or purposeless, senseless world (although fallen) in which there is no transcending voice giving counsel to him and his condition. In fact, one can assert that human existence indirectly bears an answering character to its Creator. This is one reason why man in every religion is consciously seeking the ultimate answer to the greatest philosophical questions of all time, such as: What on earth am I here for? What is the purpose of my existence? How in the world did I get here? Is there life after death? Will I continue to live after life here on earth? If so, where, how and when? In what manner or form? Is there a God –a Creator of the Universe? Or did the universe explode out of nothingness?
In the midst of all comfort and luxury that man lives in, humanity finds itself with deep inner discontent; this discontentment is the result of man`s inability to find rest in temporary things that appears as security. Where does this unsatiable hunger come from? Man`s quest for this deep spiritual hunger cannot be quenched until it comes to an abiding faith in the Way, the Truth and the Life. I believe G.K Chesterton was right in saying that despair is not the result of growing weary of suffering, but in growing weary of joy/pleasure. Vices such as drugs, alcohol or even new age spirituality is a result of a much more deeper hunger and problem.
People grow weary of life`s simple joys and pleasures resulting in a wanting for more; only to find themselves that the best gifts no longer satisfies them. In innumerable variations, as St. Augustine once said, it reveals the unrest of the human heart which does not come to rest until it hears the voice of Christ that raises the dead in two words: “Lazarus,Come forth!” Philosophers can do their best in raising skeptical question upwards, but the inner soul does not find rest until it hears Him say, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest ” (Matt.11:28).
Therefore, for Christianity, one no longer focuses on the gifts in themselves, but advances into embracing the giver of all good gifts- God the Father- through the revelation of Jesus Christ which is appropriated by faith. Although the reality of the general revelation of God does not lead to the knowledge of God in Christ, one would do much justice in affirming that this position has often been greatly misunderstood or either denied as something that is utterly evil or worldly even among people in the reformed camp. It is entirely impossible to deny that proofs for the existence of God in general have had very little influence in our day and age. The reason is, the proofs stand in the shadow of a great many “proofs” against the existence of God. That God can be proved as the prime mover of all things finds less agreement even in our Post-modern culture.
In opposition to the proofs for the existence of God, a deep agnosticism under-girds the conviction that He is not. In other words, people no longer only deny that there is a God who is transcendentally true at all times; but man in his lostness is drowning in his fallen state and is choked by his own incapability to see the world as purposeful and meaningful. This is perhaps one of the many reasons that suicide rate in Japan is tragically and alarmingly ascending.
Thus, agnosticism abandons the world to a senselessness and absurdity enabling others to perceive that the existence of man in the world is a meaningless and purposeless jest. This is a tragedy that “young and old” people of our generation are facing; that man in his fallen state has been given up to vile passions so deeply that not only life down here on earth is devalued, but it continuously reveals that man has no point of reference outside of humanity. The result is – a hopeless and blunt future that emits fear of the present making men uncomfortably numb. It appears that God has put sufficient evidences in this world to make faith in him a most reasonable thing, and has also left deficient evidences to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.
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