Monday, October 12, 2009

part 5 (why I believe in Jesus)

Now in the past few posts I explained subjectively why I believe in Jesus. What I will do now is explain why I think it makes sense. In order to get to why I believe in Jesus, we must first start with why I believe in a God. And I will start there with a brief, radical paraphrase of the ideas I find in Simply Christian, by NT Wright. Please read that book if you want a more indepth approach (plus he is way smarter than I)

When I look at humanity, there are a few things that stand out that do not seem to fit into the idea of biological evolutionary theory. Not to say whether evolution is wrong or right, nor refuting the idea that we also evolve socially, as that would help us to evolve biologically.

These curious things in us humans, form the basis of why I believe there is something that is more than natural going on. In no particular order:

Our appreciation of beauty. In some species we can see natural benefits to appreciating atleast colors, and such. But in human experience there is an intense love of beauty that goes far beyond anything that can be considered biologically beneficial. We can stand in awe of a sunset, or a full moon, a majestic beach, or a twisted tree fighting for survival amidst a stark landscape. We can walk for hours just staring at paintings, sit for hours listening to music or oooh and awwww over photographs. There is something about our appreciation for beauty, that I believe suggests there is something behind our humanity that is not only inteligent, but creative, and beautiful

Our desire for intimate relationship. This is not the idea of being a pack (though we have those traits), nor is it the idea of a mating relationship (though we have those traits too) but in humans we have an incredible desire to know, and be known. To become part of others, and for them to be part of us. To experience life and feel like we are not alone. We crave an answer to our loneliness, and I believe this comes from ourselve being created by the community of God. Designed for perfect relationship by the perfect relationship.

Our concept of justice. There is no logical, natural reason to believe in fair. Yet every child knows that this is, and this isn't fair. Why do we have a concept of justice? This just gets in the way of our biological imperitive doesn't it? The natural idea is, what is... is, and it is just because it is. But no matter how inteligent the philosopher or scientist, they know, deep down that some things are not fair, they are not right, and something in them cries out for justice. Where does that come from? I suggest from God, our just creator.

And our desire for spirituality. There is something in us that desires to worship, that desires to believe, to make a leap of faith. Almost every single human tribe is drawn to some form of worship, whether it is the sun, the trees, the seasons, or any variety of gods. There is something in us that desires to be more than our earthly existence. We desire more, a connection with the greater than ourselves. There is in humanity a desire for eternity, for enlightenment, for more that what is natural. And many that do not believe in God, reach out for this spirituality. They reach out for it by clinging to political, or economic ideologies, they cling to the spirituality of consumerism, of the cult of experiences or even of science itself. We are by our very nature, spiritual beings, why is that? Because we have been made that way by the spirit of creation.

My belief in the idea of a God, is confirmed by these ideas. We cannot yearn for justice, if there isn't a judge, we would not yearn for beauty if there wasn't a creator, we would not yearn for eternity if there wasn't an eternal, and we long for relationship, because we are made to be in relationship.



Scott said...

Could you please define "beauty" or "justice"?

Until you do, you are just talking nonsense.

And why does being left in awe or not having an explanation for something require a creator?

The Rev said...

Scott, beauty and justice are two things our society and economy are built on. What is beautiful, and what is just is part of the frame work of our social governance. So though you may disagree with me, please do not be so disrespectful as to call it nonsense.

As for my definitions, I thought I made it pretty clear, we as individuals have some innate sense that somethings are just not right. And a sense that somethings are beautiful. Defining the words can get very complex, but I think you are being willfully argumentative if you need to go into a long thesis on what these two words mean. I believe we use them in everyday life, and a general definition is workable in this case.

In addition, I made it very clear in part one, that this is a long, and slow process. That the individual parts do not make a complete argument, nor can the objective parts be completely realized without the preceding subjective parts.


ChUrChFrEaK said...

Hey I am impressed! You're not like all Christians determined on shoving beliefs down my throat...You use reason and that's a good way to make points. As you can probably tell, I came here from the video of atheist church you were in...RAmen!