reading, the everlasting man, by G.K. Chesterton. the book is, some believe, a direct response to H.G. Wells', outline of history. Chesterton's writing and polemic is almost hilarious! it's refreshing. he says things that make you go, "yeah, i guess he's right!" he makes you think, and anymore, that's a really great thing. we need to think!
here's some inspiration. for free. be inspired. but please, do something with this inspiration. [inspiration that doesn't inspire one to actually do something is pretty much worthless]
Chesterton is talking about "comparative religions," and he basically says: "you can't compare religions. it's not a level playing field." that's what i love about G.K. he just says what he thinks. he doesn't deny or gloss over the Truth. maybe not the greatest evangelism tool, but it's got my attention. in his look at world religions, Chesterton notices that almost all religions have an idea of a Supreme god who is in charge of the other gods. every religion has the one god who is over the other gods. he is also refuting popular theories of evolution where, he rightfully argues, everyone becomes a god.
Chesterton writes, "In short, there is a feeling that there is something higher than the gods; but because it is higher it is also further away...For them what was truly divine was very distant, so distant that they dismissed it more and more from their minds...As the Jews would not degrade it by images, so the Greeks did not degrade it even by imaginations. When the gods were more and more remembered only by pranks and profligacies, it was relatively a movement of reverence. It was an act of piety to forget God."
"it was an act of piety to forget God."
the big, supreme being, became so scary, other, holy, that it was too much to think about or talk about. this being was unreachable. so it was an act of piety to forget God.
unfortunately, we do this today. dealing with God means dealing with sin. it means we have to deal with God's holiness. in the end, we come out like Isaiah, "i am unclean and i live among a people who are unclean. i'm not worthy."
let us confess. let us turn to the God that reaches down to us even when we ignore him or believe he is far off. and, let us be sure that he will bend down and listen. thanks G.K.!