Posted by: Anne | March 20, 2010

constants

I saw a magazine article titled “You Be The Judge.” The writer listed a few real life situations and asked readers to decide what was right and wrong. Knowing how we all like to share our opinions, I’m sure the article will generate many responses.

However, it struck me that if we really want to know what’s right and what’s wrong, something besides our own personal interpretation is required. I mean, what if I don’t think it’s wrong for me to cheat you, lie to you, or take your stuff, but you think it is? Each of us living by our own rules can quickly turn into chaos. There has to be a standard.

I think the point is well illustrated by this story:

An evangelist had spoken on a national television program about the need for absolute values. Later the program host said to the evangelist, “I don’t understand how you religious people think you can impose your ‘absolute’ values on the rest of us.” The evangelist tried to explain the need for transcendent truths to live by, but the newsman still looked puzzled. Then the evangelist recalled that the man’s hobby was sailing.

So he asked, “Have you ever sailed at night, using the stars?”

“Sure,” the man replied. “Celestial navigation.”

The evangelist then asked whether celestial navigation could be used if the stars were not in a fixed position. What if they moved around from night to night?

The newsman was silent for a moment before replying, “I see what you mean.” If the stars are to be a guide for navigation, they have to remain constant. And if morality is to be a guide for life, it too has to remain constant.

How significant that the same God who gave us the stars also gave us the Bible.

(Celestial navigation story found here)

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