Monday, June 18, 2012

Personal Fire

“In the same way, if man has been kicked up by chance out of what is only impersonal, then those things that make him man—hope of purpose and significance, love, motions of morality and rationality, beauty and verbal communication—are ultimately unfulfillable [sic] and are thus meaningless.” Francis Schaeffer

I read this recently in The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer. I must say he is my favourite philosopher, and the Lord has used him to open my eyes to many truths about Himself. This statement I read recently was written in conjunction with the argument that an impersonal universe cannot bring forth a personal being. As he expounded on this point, I realized that nothing else in our world does this. Humans, personal beings, always apply personality to otherwise impersonal objects brought about by the universe or nature. We give animals smiles, with give robots emotions, we give machines a voice. Yet no other entity on earth—no other impersonal entity—has done such things. If evidence is found that some impersonal object or entity can do that, I will concede that God and our personality is an illusion.

However, this principal has a further application has well. When my pastor spoke this Sunday about the power of the tongue, he read James 3:6, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” With this verse I also realized that God, who is personal, put personality into man he also but the power of his words, to a lesser degree, into man. God can say, “Light, be.” And it is. Just as man can curse another and cause destruction. God can say he will cause it to rain on the earth until all evil has been destroyed, just as man can speak a blessing over his fellow that sends him into abundance.

Our God put so much more in us than “hope of purpose and significance, love, motions of morality and rationality, beauty and verbal communication”. He gave us power, and in our sinfulness we often abused it to the greatest degree. Yet we have mercy through Jesus Christ that said “It is finished”, and with his words and actions brought redemption to all mankind despite our untamable tongue.

Yes, the tongue is a fire, but through he that is Living Water it can be quenched.

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