That Golden Calf? … It’s Nothing!
by Tom Graffagnino
“To stand on the rim of the abyss, to despair utterly of ever crossing over, this is the indispensable antechamber of faith.” –John Stott
“Nobody times Nothing equals everything.”–[Naturalism’s Pledge of Allegiance] John MacArthur
We are all philosophers to one degree or another. The fact that we exist and think thrusts us into the philosophical arena whether we appreciate it or like it or not. The essential, bottom-line philosophical question with which we all must grapple, is really quite simple:
Did Mind create matter? Or did matter create mind?
Or, as G.K. Chesterton once put it….
Which is more likely true:
In the beginning, God…..(?) or,
Did Nothing turn itself into Everything?
I am reminded of the story of the modern scientist who proclaimed that… (at long last!)… Science had advanced to the stage whereby a human life …a human being… could actually be created in the laboratory from the earth’s elements. This scientific advancement, he said, disproved once and for all those silly myths found in the earliest chapters of the Book of Genesis. And to illustrate his point, the proud scientist challenged God to a “duel” of creation.
God accepted the challenge and went first. Deity reached down, grabbed a handful of clay, fashioned it into the likeness of a man and then breathed the spirit of life into it. The man thus became a living, breathing creature made in the image of God.
Undaunted, the scientist proudly stepped forward to show that Human Reason (through Scientific Humanism) was now able to duplicate this amazing feat, thereby proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the notion of “God” was simply an unnecessary contrivance and/or a foolish myth. And so, the scientist reached down, as his predecessor had done, and picked up a handful of clay to begin his work. At which point, God placed his hand on the scientist’s shoulder and said—-
"Whoa! Stop right there, young fella! … Get your own dirt!"
There are many within the post-modern community of Science who having inexorably followed the path of unbending Materialism, Determinism and mindless Reductionism to its natural end, have deposited humanity at the rim of a philosophical abyss…
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