Sunday, October 23, 2016

In Your Own Town: St. Louis Amigan November 2016 Issue


Who is God? Have you ever considered that question? It is a pondering that the Christian should take part in, you know.
Many are those who question even the very existence of God. You see, when they do that they feel as if they have no need, then, to ponder who God is. That, though, is a failed philosophy, contradicted not just by even the very most basic evidence of science, but by the unalterable axioms of logic. Twist their minds however they might into the lurid pretzel bends of lunatic wonderland, the axioms of genuine logic, of true, clear, sober-minded thinking, still stand unaltered, mocking their claims of wisdom. They are fools who believe that their own personal preferences trump the realities all around them.
The fact that anything is demands that God is.
Skeptics can mock and laugh and ridicule and scorn all they like, but Truth stands while lies all around it collapse under the weight of their own inestimable vacuities.
God is, and that cannot be honestly denied.
Who, though, is God?
When we ask that question, we are not looking for a name—at least not in the modern sense in which names are regarded. No, if we do so, we do so in the ancient Hebrew sense; the sense in which Moses explained to God why he was asking God for His name, to which God, in so many words, graciously replied, “I am the self-existent one. Tell them ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” 1 In other words, we are looking for the content of His character. Given situation x, what will the content of His character cause Him to do. And yet, even in just considering such a question, we need to know who He is so that we can sensibly define the bounds of the term, “situation”.
A situation includes all that can be detected for which there are discernible connections to a particular event or happenstance. What, though, are the bounds? Are they defined by the level of our awareness? In other words, detectable and discernible by whom?
Taking myself as an example, when I am in a room with the door closed, concentrating on my work, I will most likely be blissfully unaware of what is happening on the other side of the door, much less further afield. Does that, though, eliminate all other connections of which I am totally unaware? Will Comet Deathfield fail to strike the heart of my city, destroying all inhabitants and habitations simply because I don’t know it’s coming?
Really?
How, then, do you account for the efficaciousness of stealth and surprise in conflict encounters? As any good soldier can attest, the enemy’s ignorance of your presence does not eliminate your presence, but rather, makes it much more effective. In the same way, your ignorance of the one you treat as an enemy does not eliminate His presence.
Perhaps you would do better by seeking to detect Him while praying that He is not actually an enemy at all, but the best friend you could ever hope to have.
The existence of God is required by logic as simple as the Law of Non-contradiction. It is also an axiom of logic that in order to create, one must first exist. In other words, that which does not exist cannot create. This is true because if it does not exist it is not there to do the deed, and cannot be the perpetrator of it, not because it was not there, but because it was not anywhere. This is where the Law of Non-contradiction comes into play regarding the existence of God. A thing cannot both be and not be at the same time and in the same sense.
It has been scientifically proven, and atheistically confirmed, that the universe began to exist. Therefore something, or someone, had to have pre-existed the universe in order to have caused it to begin to exist. Since the universe cannot be where it is not when it is not how it is not, it cannot be its own cause, since that would violate the Law of Non-contradiction.
If you do not exist, then you cannot be held responsible for that which does.
So if you have been holding to the philosophy that denies the existence of God while at the very same time consistently displaying a hatred or anger toward God, you had better get either a different culprit or a different philosophy because the two do not keep the same company, and you only make yourself out to be a fool when you try to force it on them. Far better be it to correct yourself and appear wise, than be corrected by others and proved a fool.
We see, whether narrowly or broadly, only a limited subset of that which is, while God sees all. He is omniscient, which means that He is all-knowing.
We see the circumstances which surround us, but we do not see all of them; we see only in part. Do you remember what I wrote earlier about my own level of awareness? That is not a new occurrence. It has ever been with me.
Many years ago, October 1977 to March 1988 I worked for a garment manufacturer, Barad & Co., at their main warehouse at 1520 Washington in St. Louis, Missouri. In the early years of that association I did not have a vehicle of my own, so I rode the bus. In order to catch the bus home I had to walk from 1520 Washington down to Locust St., east of 12th St., which, of course involved crossing a section of 12th St. now known as Tucker Blvd.
One day, on reaching 12th St., I decided to cross against the light. Thirty years ago, I was in my youth and easily nimble enough to do so and arrive safely at my goal, having done so many times before. This time, though, I stepped down from the curb and a hand grabbed me by my belt and pulled me back onto the curb. I wasn’t even aware that person was alive, much less cared enough about me to risk themselves on my most unworthy behalf.
Even in my atheism, God was protecting me from myself, and, this time, used a tall, scrawny d├ębutante named Katie to do so.
Many years before, humanity had already fallen into an irretrievable state of wickedness that only God could solve. From our own limited perspective the situation was hopeless. Should we even be aware of God, the honest person knew then, and knows now, that they do not deserve anything from God, save only death—death most eternal and most foul. We deserved nothing from Him and could expect nothing from Him—unless, of course, we knew God, and knew who God is.
It is only the one honest enough to face their own purely satanic wickedness who has any chance to really know God, and to know who God is—because they have a true knowledge of themselves to serve as a stark contrast.
Apart from God we are rude, greedy, selfish, rebellious, overbearing little dictatorial hooligans forever thumbing our noses at God and all that He stands for. We are foul, wicked, filthy, perverted and perverting, pulling up stakes that are not ours to pull, seeking every trick we can muster in our obsession to lord it over the lives of others whom we should be seeing as free, valuable individuals capable of living their lives without our self-important, self-interested, self-centered, self-focused, know-it-all interference seeking to drive the undesirables away and out of our presence,2 because, after all, “if we don’t see them they’re not really there at all!”
Such is the attitude of those who deny God.
If you desire to know God you don’t have to cross oceans or national borders or climb some high, distant mountain to achieve it. Just lift the blanket on the corner and let your heart be broken as you look, lovingly, into the eyes that you uncover. Then open your own doors and let them inside!
If you will do this, then you will be acting as God has called you to act.3
The God about whom you inquire is not just distantly theological, but deeply, deeply personal, as well. He does not only expect you to know—He expects you to do; He expects you to feel. You are not only to be delivered; you are to deliver.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you4—and stop treating them like so much useless cattle to be herded about wherever your whims may please. They are not animals! They are not vermin! They are people!
God sent His Son; we call Him Jesus. But He did not send Him to the wealthy, to the elites, to the rulers who lorded it over the downtrodden. He sent Him to those very downtrodden who, to this very day, get trampled under foot by those who have no heart to care or to feel or to do or to deliver.
If you do not identify with those downtrodden then you do not identify with God and if you do not identify with God then you will not be spending eternity with Him in His glory, but in hell with all the rest who refuse to repent of all their foul, stenched perversions and wickednesses.
Who is God? God is the one who knows all and delivers all who will see and who will come and who will deliver those who are in need in your own town.

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1Exodus 3:14
2Romans 3:10-18
3Matthew 25:31-46
4Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31