[This is a draft of the “Big Picture”]
We can’t know everything,
But, as we age, we find patterns that work. Here they are…presented as 3 parts (of course):
(1) The 3 big questions (in just 9 words)
(2) The 3 stances (or distances)
(3) The 2 sources
For more use the DOOR.
(1) As you face the morning mirror ask 3 questions: [and check Post #33o]
1) What is?
2) What matters?
3) Then what should I do (today)?
(2) From what distance should I look? [and check Post #192]
1) close distance (expert)
2) middle distance
3) far view (large, more general look)
(3) What are my sources? [and read the comments below]
1) the natural world
2) the Bible
Hugh Ross and others¹ have directly or indirectly declared that Christians have 2 large, general”books” (sources) that provide information that a person should know about how to spend their days. Everyone has a “worldview” whether they can describe it or not. We live a reason and should be able to put why into words–for friends, colleagues, children, and grandchildren–whether asked or not
From the world itself, we can specialize in some area that provides success and accomplishment. And, as we are able, and have time, intelligence, and resources, we can go far. Further, we can step back and gather a larger picture of things that surround us. Or do the same standing at some “middle” distance.
When it comes to values and morality, we need a guide because the wonderful² world is silent about what we–and others–should go about doing. Absolutely silent. Why do good? Or how? That’s not as oblivious as you might think. A person with modest means and a smile can often coast for quite a while without facing himself, herself, and others nearby. The 3 questions at the beginning of this post eventually force a grown-up to face quiet contentment, if embarrassment, despair, if the only answers are disappointing cliches.
The Bible, if opened in private with the music is turned off, offers surprising information with, as Ravi Zacharias puts it, satisfying 21st century answers to the 4 categories of questions that modern university students ask year after year regarding origins, meaning, morality, and destiny–and how they can coherently fit together. And help you respond to God about what happens next and what you should do about it.
¹ Various scholars in theology, philosophy, and science say the same things in different ways. If you’re into the Bible and science–the very latest science–we recommend astrophysicist Hugh Ross’s 4th edition of The Creator and the Cosmos. You can dig as deep into this book as you are able–or are willing to–but if you stall over the heavy parts, you can skip over them and turn pages. He’s got large issues addressed in detail for the most educated, up-to-date skeptic. If you wonder about what God expects of you in the days you have left, we recommend you go to the Bible itself. If God is real and caring as Ross and other educated Christians say He is, God will not bamboozle you with a book full of errors. But remember the Bible writers and translators through the centuries had available to them only a limited vocabulary to express what they knew and were told. Quarks, etc. are latecomers to humans on Earth (and perhaps elsewhere?) We of course, invite you back to adozenseconds.com.
² Or violent, disappointing…