Some believe we are here as just a matter of happenstance. They think (“think” is probably not the best word to describe their philosophy) that matter itself somehow simply exists, has crashed into itself to create worlds and stars and that by some minute chance life evolved with no Great Design, no omnipotent being creating it, no theological explanation for it. They believe that “it,” life, just simply is. There’s no real thinking necessary for that. Like breathing. It just happens.
I suppose life would be easier that way. I mean it would present the idea that life expects nothing from us. We would be free to do as we please with little concern for what others consider good or bad. We could be as hedonistic as we choose, or as giving as we choose. The only repercussion being how we view ourselves.
The rest of us believe that there is a grand design in life, a Creator, an Omnipotent being or presence that put us here. The obvious contention behind that is that He, She, or They put us here for a reason, and therefore we must be expected to act or behave in a certain way.
Hundreds and probably thousands of generations before us came to similar conclusions. The difference between “hundreds” and “thousands” of generations, by the way, is injected here as a demarcation between Creationism and evolution. Creationists believe that only about 6,000 years have passed since the very first man. If you assume 4 generations for every 100 years then only about 240 generations have passed since Adam. Evolutionists believe man first showed up about 200,000 years ago. I’d do the generational math on that but do you know what? I couldn’t care less how long man has been on earth. It has nothing to do with what I suspect God expects of me.
I could not possibly know the method by which God created us. And excepting what I find within my own heart, which I believe is the Holy Spirit, I have no other knowledge of God at all. Anyone who has confidence that he does know God’s mechanisms are just swinging on their own playgrounds and I have no authority to tell them how high they may or may not swing. That is solely their business. If you believe in Creationism then power to you brother. If you believe in evolution then swing as high as you like. My own belief is simply that we as God’s children should not cause strife amongst ourselves over something so insignificant to the real reason God put us here. “How” He put us here as no bearing on our eternal lives. Earthly knowledge is useless to us. The true question is “why” are we here. Knowing “how” we are here is little more than an interesting curiosity. And arguing about such silly things between ourselves and causing hurtful emotions is what I think God precisely does NOT want.
And that goes to the core of why I am writing this today. I don’t know why God put us here. But I firmly suspect that He expects something from us. And those things are found in our hearts. Arguing about any other thing is simply inconsequential and can only take away form the love He expects us to share with one another. Including those people who don’t believe in Him, or may know Him by another name.
Almost every religion on Earth defines those things, (the things God expects of us) practically identically. The ten commandments were written on stone, and then upon our hearts by the Holy Spirit. What language does the heart speak? You can read the ten commandments in English, or listen to your heart. Do you need to read “Thou shalt not kill” on a stone or on paper in order to know that? Or is it something intrinsic to your heart and mind? If you pick up a weapon to do harm to another, what goes through your mind first? Something you once saw on paper, or the thing that you heart says to you in that very moment?
I am Christian, and so believe that Christ died for ALL men to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit within their hearts. Not just Christians. I believe God is within all men the same as I, even if they themselves don’t believe it or don’t believe that Christ is the son of God. My knowledge of “how” the Holy spirit came to me is as insignificant as “how” man came to be created. That knowledge will not get me, or any one, into Heaven’s gates. Only FOLLOWING the Holy Spirit’s advice will do that.
And that is precisely what God expects of us, in my opinion. To love one another. And every one of His commandments and laws are geared only for that purpose. As is any thing or feeling you get from your own heart.
In my opinion telling people of other faiths that they can not be saved unless they adopt your faith is simply wrong. The Spirit in their hearts is the exact same as yours. Their understanding of it, the names they apply to it orhow they received it has no significance on what is expected from God by either they, or you. That remains true whether they know that Christ is the reason the Spirit is there or not. Knowledge will not open Heaven’s doors for you. In fact knowledge is only a burden, not an apocalypse.
John 10:16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
Please trust that they are listening to His voice, with or without entering your fold.