Emma’s cat had just had kittens. The day they were born the kitties had no clue as to what to do with their selves. They did find a life connection, which reconnected them with their mother. For 12 straight hours that day they just held on and nursed for dear life. The momma kitty looked love drunk.
The next day they seemed to be able to crawl over the momma kitty with the slightest sense of “been there; done that.” That’s when I explained to Emma, “Their universe is expanding.” Still they were blind as their eyes had not yet opened. They couldn’t see outside of their heads, let alone outside of the box in which they dwelt. They didn’t know there was intelligent life (Emma and other humans) beyond their box. Their universe, however, was expanding.
When a new freshman arrives at some classes in our liberal universities, the mantra of many of the professors is, “There is no intelligent life beyond ourselves. If you believe there is, you don’t believe in science.” So many of the freshmen will dutifully hum the party line and obey the mandate to lose one’s religion to the intolerance of the atheistic brand of nomenclature. “Shut your eyes and stay inside the box. We are all there is. Don’t you know that Sigmund Freud says that this nipple is all you really want?” It takes a lot of faith to be an atheist. One must really have to work hard at it.
Not too long ago a girl who says she was 17 years of age (the Americans say she’s only 14) was caught by Iraqi police before she could carry out a suicide bombing. She was wearing a vest of explosives as police paraded her. The girl’s name was Rania. He father carried out a suicide bombing for al-Qaeda. The officer said a relative was suspected of recruiting her. Al-Qaeda teaches children to hate from the time they nurse from their own mothers. If the child tries to get out of the box, the other kittens will execute the heretic as worse than an infidel. She must keep her eyes closed. “This box is all there is!”
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”(2 Peter 3:18) There are two words in this, my life verse that beckon attention. The first is “grace.” It means “undeserved favor.” Grow in undeserved favor and blessing of Christ. The second is “knowledge.” Your universe will never expand if you refuse to open your eyes and look “outside of the box.” That doesn’t mean to embrace heresy as truth because you want to be tolerant of someone else’s perspective. It can’t all be true! But dare to look and always be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”(1 Peter 3:15)
I often pray, “Lord, I want to know the truth.” I then leave His Spirit to bring me to Himself. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”(Matthew 5:8) Try that prayer. Try this one, too: “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”(Mark 9:24)