What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:4
George Gallup, the man who gained fame as a poll‑taker, has said, “I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone. The chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.”
For a moment think with me of the intricacies of the human body. Let us start with the brain. Ten thousand thoughts (so estimates one scientist) pass in and out of your mind every day. Your brain has storage vaults that contain bits of information recorded years before. Yet the average person uses less than 10% of his brain.
Then there is the organ called the heart. Actually, it is a muscle that contracts and forces blood through miles of veins, arteries and capillaries. Your body is an amazing creation. Every seven years your body has been replaced with new cells that are constantly being created. As time goes on and you grow older, the process begins to slow down and eventually stops.
The physical is merely one aspect of your existence. What about the way that your mind works, the intricate thought processes which allow you to reason and think? Scientists have spent years in the field of behavioral psychology, yet these same men cannot understand their own wives. Then what about the emotions which color the landscape of your life–strong ones such as love, hate, and fear? Complex emotions! When you stop and think about the complexities of the body and mind, the question comes, “What is man?” Is he more than a composite of elements, chemicals and sinews holding it all together? The bottom line is that he is a unique individual, unduplicated and without repetition. You are an original, friend.
Have you ever stopped and tried to think through this business of life? Here are nearly six billion people on earth. How did they get here on this planet which hurtles through space at the rate of 18.5 miles per second? Where are we headed at the end of our physical existence? These are some of the questions that have haunted people from the beginning of time. Some have injected the element of chance into our appearance on this world, yet when the element of chance is introduced in life, man’s appearance by chance is as likely as an explosion in a print shop producing an unabridged dictionary. Are we as humans the handiwork of the Almighty or an evolutionary happenstance? It is one or the other but not both.
Suppose for a moment that you contend man evolved by chance. Then we are confronted with unanswered questions such as: “Why death? What is beyond the grave, if anything? What is the purpose of living and life itself?” There are no answers but a gloomy pessimism if our forebears descended through an evolutionary chain. But if God created man, as the Bible simply states, there is an answer to the question, “Where did I come from, why am I here, and what is beyond the grave?”
Guidelines is a commentary on life and our times in the light of life’s greatest textbook, the Bible. God tells us in His Word that mankind was created in the image of God‑‑physically, mentally, spiritually. It also tells that God’s marvelous creation was marred by the effects of sin, which caused the chaos which confronts society today. The key to purpose and meaning in life is this marvelous book, the Bible. It tells me there is a remedy to the confusion of life, the uncertainty about the future, and the failure of my human heart. And that, friend, is the Good News of the Gospel. Are you interested in learning what life is all about? Then read the Bible and discover guidelines for living. Should this be a new book to you, I’d like to suggest that you turn to the New Testament and begin reading the Gospel of John. Read it carefully and thoughtfully, and as you do, you’ll begin to view life in a different perspective.
Resource reading: John 1.
- John 1