TITLE: Question and His Search for Life 08-01-15
By Hugh Houchin
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Btw, the intro to the Critique section quotes Phillip Yancy as saying writers need a "grouch" to edit their writings. In our situation, isn't a "grouchy Believer" an oxymoron? ;)
Question sought answers to life; his thoughts riveted on the deeper aspects of the topic. Is there a root of life? Does life reach out from that root? If so, what’s the subject of its reach?
Is life like a tree branch that sprouts from life and stretches into space? What’s the purpose of the reach? A wind disturbs the outward tranquility of a branch, and it gestures to and fro. What’s stabilizes the branch while the wind blows?
Frustrated his personal search failed to satisfy his cravings for knowledge about life, Question sought advice from his close friend Comma. The nature of their friendship is not always the same, but he found Comma adept at separating divergent thoughts into easy to understand portions. Maybe, she could put his questions about life in order.
When Question asked Comma about life she paused, and suggested he consult a dictionary. He did, but the dictionaries definition of life projected ambiguity while Question sought clarity.
Undeterred, Question consulted Semicolon; the master of separating independent clauses. Semicolon suggested he go online and do a word search about life, but make sure each definition had a subject and a predicate. Even though the word search provided deeper meanings about life, they were not definitive. He found many and varied opinions that weren’t clear; the word search left Question more confused.
Question next talked to Colon, who is bold and upright and has no curves of indecision. Colon's retort: Read a book regarding life that’s written by a learned one. Within the confines of such a book, Question found sage advice. However: The projected wisdom left him empty because he didn’t agree with the views of the learned one.
Shaken and fighting doubt, Question approached Period. In Question's peer group, Period is the ultimate sign of authority and truth. At the end of a series of words that expresses a complete thought, Period's royal stamp demands that verbal flow cease. Period advised Question to cease his pursuit for the truth of life at the footstep of God's Word, the Holy Bible.
With trembling hands, Question grasped the worn collection of Scripture Period handed him.
"Just open it," Period said, "then read and absorb."
Question opened the Bible and his eyes rested on John 14:6. He read, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.' "
Wrapped in authority, the verse tore down the veil that covered Question's understanding. His journey for truth ceased within that verse. Yes, Jesus Christ is the way to life, the truth of life, and life itself, period.
Scripture is from the NASB.
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