- Religion and Philosophy
If it is possible then is it probable?
An argument to take a new look at Jesus.
Searching for the truth about spiritual life: from the possible to the probable.
Events during the past week have set my mind thinking about the reality/non-reality of spiritual life and then from there to the Christian Faith. There are two basic groups of people in the world; those who believe in God and Jesus and those who do not. Does it perhaps goes deeper than that? Those who believe in spiritual life and those who do not? Here we enter the realm of a view point that is widely divergent, seen either from a purely human standpoint, or from a faith based viewpoint.
As I think about the reality of a spiritual world, I consider the follow; is a possibility of a spiritual world. To reject that, would take a very brave person and a huge leap of faith because there seems to be a great deal of evidence about forces which cannot easily be explained on the basis of mere physical reality. In the human heart is an inborn knowledge that there is more to life than physical existence. Here we enter the intangible world of love, hope, forgiveness, faith, belief and even spiritual life. If we can accept that possibly somewhere in the human psyche, that there is a spiritual side that looks beyond a mere animal existence of life, then we need to ask ourselves the question; “can I discover it?”
Here the question of probability comes into the picture. If there is such a world, is there someone in control of it? It seems to me that this would be a reasonable assumption to make. It is possible and in fact probable, that if someone like that did exist, they would reveal themselves to a humanity that is often struggling to find reason and direction in life.
Enter then into the search for the possible. There is no doubt in my mind that a life guided by the spiritual qualities of a higher level than is generally found in human behavior, is not only necessary but essential. As I look at the world it is in a mess. Genocide, hate, revenge, jealousy, unfaithfulness, murder and greed are just a few of the words that can be used to describe much of human behavior. Yet in the human heart there is also the search for a higher, nobler way.
Here,coming into the picture, we find a loving God who sends his Son into the world to introduce principles that go against the lower human behavior often seen and experienced. He reveals to us a far better way of life than the “animal farm” existence that we find in this world. Now it can be argued that this better way can be achieved by merely allowing the better part of our humanness to dominate,but evidence of a world in turmoil seems to refute this.
So if we as humans need a bit of help from a higher, spiritual source then, it becomes easy to credit God with crossing the divide between what is spiritual and what is physical to save us from ourselves. There is no doubt that the great principle of the Christian Faith, that is love, is noble and is urgently needed. The message that the God of heaven sent through Jesus is that to really attain this better way we need a little help. Here a rebirth places us in a far better place as we add to our lives a spiritual dimension that is both needed and necessary.
In John’s Gospel (Good News) Jesus says to Nicodemus “no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3) Jesus continues is verse 6; “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” In John 14:1 Jesus addresses the concerns we all have at times when he says; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me.” (NIV translation)
If then it is possible to believe that a spiritual world is real, then it becomes imperative to investigate the claim of this man called Jesus. He offers the promise of a better life here on earth and an infinitely better one in the eternal spiritual world. His miracles, power over death and his resurrection testified to this as we read the witness of those who were there; “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes… - this we proclaim about the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1)
So we go back to the beginning - if we admit that spiritual reality is possible, then it becomes probable that God, who is spirit, entered into this struggling world to offer a better way, as indeed he did. The only choice we have is to believe or not to believe. The right choice here can make all the difference now and in eternity. To discount Jesus because he does not fit into our understanding of our world from a purely physical point of view seems to be a careless decision, especially if it is made without due investigation and consideration.
The challenge is to pick up the Bible and read it and see if it speaks to your heart and soul. John’s Gospel would be a good place to start Then you have to answer the very personal question; what do I do with Jesus? .