Something deep within the human intellect says that absolutes must exist. Man cannot live without them and maintain his sanity, nor the other elements of his distinctive humanity. Reason demands absolutes, because absolutes integrate everything. Without them nothing makes sense.
So thinking man looks at himself and his world and says, “Everything should make sense; it should be meaningful. All the elements are there.” All that remains is to find the absolutes, and chaos is turned into cosmos. There must be a core, a fundamental reality, an underlying set of facts and unchanging principles!
But where to look? Philosophy, ethics, or religion broadly defined? Modern man has done that but has heard discord instead of harmony.
Western man devotes himself to technology. In the physical sciences things are governed by laws–workable, predictable, harmonious. But “know-how” is no substitute for “know why.” Man must know why, and no amount of knowing how will bring the answer.
Groping to find their way out of the dilemma, many Westerners are experimenting with parapsychology, the occult and metaphysical Eastern religions. Rejecting plastic materialism, they hope to find immutable universals in the preternatural, or within their own minds and emotions. But for those who reject the reality and finality of the God who has revealed Himself authoritatively and personally in the Bible, few things are more vague than the metaphysical, or more changeable than human emotions. Cut loose from their anchorage in the Christian revelation, they drift into the dark, dangerous waters of the supernatural they neither understand nor escape by themselves.
Then we have the epicurean and/or hedonist. This is the person who accepts the premises of materialism and proceeds to escape from his reasonable humanity into pleasure seeking. He believes that he is a meaningless animal and tries to live like one. His is the bumper-sticker philosophy “if it feels good, do it”; The Bible describes this as the “eat, drink, and be merry” philosophy–the philosophy of the fool. ( Luke 12:16-21.)
We turn from these delusions to something that meets the demands of both reality and reason while satisfying the yearnings of the human soul–biblical principles.
Continues at “IT ALL ADDS UP TO LOVE… MORAL LAW”
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