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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)

TITLE: A Different Worldview


Author's Note: Please read to the end.

In the end, all of life is meaningless, a swirling vortex of nothingness.
It would be an abomination to profess:
Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross offers eternal life.
He abides in those who accept His gift.
The chief purpose of man is to live to the glory of God

I tell you the truth—

man is here through chemical processes.
It is part of the great deception to pronounce
that human life, at any stage, is sacred
that we exist because of the unfathomable love of a Creator
Those who number themselves among us, marvel
that parents have a duty to raise their children in the ways of the Lord.
Christians actually believe—

The union between a man and a woman is a covenant not to be broken
Marriage is a shadow of Christ’s fidelity with the Church
He will never forsake mankind

My heart understands

I may not be perfect now, but perfection is a matter of time.
I hold to the tenet that
I am intrinsically kind. I need no forgiveness.
This does not resonate with me:

There is an unchangeable God of objective truth, justice, mercy, and grace.
My experience in the world tells me with certainty
beauty and goodness are accidents,
yet, I would never conclude that
life is like the ephemeral flower—blooming but for a day,
I am familiar with Christian thought—

The fall of man brought death and forged gaps only Christ can fill.
I don’t understand such dogma, knowing instead:
science and philosophy are the explanation
sexual promiscuity assuages
money and power and fame plug empty spaces
I will never grant:

There is an almighty Creator of heaven and earth.
reality is found—
where it begins—
at the end—

reading from the last word, back up through the entire poem, to the beginning.

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Charla Diehl 04/23/09
In the end the only worldview that matters is the biblical one--I agree.
Loren T. Lowery04/23/09
In a word: astounding. I feel as I've joined Alice behind the looking glass. What is first becomes last by looking back; and what is last, in this backward, upside down world, becomes the first over everything.
Beth LaBuff 04/23/09
Wow! The first time through I was reminded of Ecclesiastes. With the second (reverse) reading I was blown away. This is so powerful and the author, brilliant! Love this!
Lynda Schultz 04/24/09
This is incredible—what more can I say.
Sonya Leigh04/24/09
I am blown away by your stroke of genius and the marvelous proclamation of our Lord in this creed. What divine inspiration.
Adele O'Reilly04/25/09
Wow! That was incredible. I had to read it several times, just to take in the brilliant writing. Truly inspired.
Bryan Ridenour04/26/09
Awesome. The creative genius is mastery. How does your mind even work that way? Incredibly done!
Betty Castleberry04/27/09
Oh...my...stars. Super creative! Both thumbs way up.
Myrna Noyes04/27/09
WOW! This gets an A++ from me for creativity!! :) Excellent message and clever craftsmanship!! You are a talented writer!!
Jan Ackerson 04/28/09
Absolutely sublime craftsmanship.
Joy Faire Stewart04/28/09
I read the poem several times and with each reading, I gleamed more. Simply amazing.
Chely Roach04/28/09
Absolutely superb. Loved it!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/28/09
This is absolutely awesome. I'm always blown away by your creative genius. I must admit that one little word confounded me and had me scratching my head. In your final explanation, I think you mean the last line--not word. I wasn't getting any sense out of anything reading backwards from the last word. Then I figured out your genius. :-)
Sharon Kane04/28/09
Oh my! Very clever. You could write cyphers with talent like this!
Carolyn Crook04/28/09
Amazing...outstanding job!
Karlene Jacobsen04/29/09
Alright, so I skipped the authors note somehow, then the endnote didn't click until I read another commentor. Then WHAMMM! It hit me. What a message!

This is awesome!
Dee Yoder 04/29/09
AWESOME! You would love the Creation Museum in Cincinnati. The whole theme is: same fossils-different interpretation. The big secret in science is that "facts" can be and ARE interpreted from the observers own POV-FIRST. Blind results can still be interpreted according to a researcher's base belief.
I love this creative and powerful entry.
Beckie Stewart04/29/09
Oh my goodness. That was awesome. You are definitely a fantastic writer to have figured out how to do that. Excellent job!
Sheri Gordon04/29/09
Astounding. Amazing. I'm blown away. You are an incredibly talented writer, and I'm honored to call you my friend.
Carol Slider 04/29/09
Lisa, I don't know what to say. This is beyond brilliant, and absolutely astounding. Masterful in every sense!
LauraLee Shaw04/29/09
Wow. Zer. You hit it out of the park with this piece. Whether you place with it or not, it belongs in print in as many places as you can get it. Brilliant.
Joshua Janoski04/29/09
OH MY GOSH! This has to be one of the most creative and amazing pieces that I have ever read here on FaithWriters (and I have read a bunch). I love how reading it forward gives the evolutionist/atheist view and backwards is the Christian view. This totally blows my mind and baffles me as to how you managed to create this! You, Lisa, are a true talent and remind me to keep my day job as a computer tech, because no way could I ever compete with writing as good as this! This just begs to receive an EC! Bravo!
vincent lyons04/30/09
Very creative and without in any way taking away from God's truth. A truly wonderful read. Thank you.
Leah Nichols 04/30/09
Very very very very excellently well-crafted! I'm a big fan of apologetics. :)
Norma-Anne Hough04/30/09
Very good. Excellent writing.
Jan Ackerson 06/07/09
lisa, send me another PM please (on the site, not on the boards). I hit 'delete' too soon, and I don't have your new e-mail.