Life has been very busy for the last month or two and, as you may have noticed, there have not been many posts here. The quotes section has gained several entries but those do not show up in the RSS feed or email notices.
Activity (especially lots of it) has a tendency to cause tunnel vision. We ignore everything except what has to be done. If that continues for too long, a sense of frustration often develops and I wonder if this isn’t what God was attempting to prevent when he commanded a rest on the Sabbath.
Yesterday required a small pause in the midst of everything. It is hard to ignore a friend who has died in an accident. Life here will go on. It must. But there are times when this life does not provide the answers that we want. We need something more.
Have you ever considered that? And why do we need more?
For those who have heard Christian truth proclaimed rightly, the answer is simple. We are sinners. Our sin has corrupted a perfect world, which is why bad things happen—to the good and the bad. The corruption requires a judgment that is unnatural in the way that we were designed. Only our total elimination would begin to pay for the effects of sin.
Did my friend die because of his sin? Yes and no. He has done wrong (and would freely admit it) but the rules of justice are not as easy to satisfy as many of us want them to be. Effects go too far for that.
God has worked out a scheme to repair our wrongs and, while it does not immediately make this world perfect, it does promise another one after this world that is not marred by sin.
It is hard to see through the effects of sin here, but I believe that there will be more sense on the other side. What isn’t answered here will be known there. With that knowledge, I can accept what must be in this world.