A number of years ago Encyclopedia Britannica published a fifty-five volume series entitled The Great Books of the Western World. This series presented the most important ideas scholars and intellectuals have considered and investigated over the course of recorded history. The longest essay was on God.
When noted philosopher, author and co-editor of the series, Mortimer Adler, was asked the reason behind this, he replied, “It is because more consequences for life follow from that one issue than from any other.”
Adler is considered one of the great philosophers of the twentieth century, and I believe his assessment of history to be correct. I do not think we realize how our beliefs about God and spiritual reality have such an import on how we live our lives.
The writer of the book of Proverbs says that your knowledge of God is where you get your understanding of life (Proverbs 1:9). It is the foundation of your thinking and completely determines the way you view the world.
Dr.Tim Keller says that your faith view of reality is the foundation in which all of your reasoning proceeds. For instance, if a person does not believe in God, it is a belief taken by faith; it is his faith view of reality. And whether we realize it or not, all of our reasoning proceeds from this belief. You will find that you screen out all that does not fit with this view of life.
Our view of God impacts how we perceive ourselves as human beings, how we determine what is moral, and what we understand to be our purpose. It helps us understand why we are on this planet and what our ultimate destiny is to be.
This is the reason I have decided to begin writing this blog. It is for us who are seeking spiritual truth, regardless of our current views. My goal is for it to be scholarly yet easy to comprehend. Most significantly, my objective is that it might be enlightening for you, the reader.
I close this second post with the words of Sir Hector Heatherington, who for twenty-five years, was the Principal (what Americans would call president) of the prestigious Glasgow University in Scotland.
He had this to say about the search for spiritual truth:
There are issues on which it is impossible to be neutral. These issues strike right down to the roots of man’s existence. And while it is right that we should examine the evidence, and make sure that we have all the evidence, it is equally right that we ourselves should be accessible to the evidence. We cannot live a full life without knowing exactly where we stand regarding these fundamental issues of life and destiny.