Facts

by Rich Dixon on October 20, 2014

HAPPY MONDAY!

A three-year-old conversation prompts today’s word-of-the-week

FACTS

Monday“I’m a science guy. I rely on evidence, data, and facts.”

I’ve frequently pondered my friend’s rationale for not believing in God, because I’m a science guy, too. I want bridge designers and architects and physicists—and lots of other folks—to be science guys as well.

I know some folks believe there’s evidence for God, but it’s not the sort of evidence that’ll stand up to scientific scrutiny. It can’t, because science gathers data about the world God created and God exists beyond that world.

Just as God exists outside the realm of science, I believe there’s a level of knowing beyond facts and evidence. We call that level TRUTH.

Aside from my relationship with Jesus, my love for Becky is the singular most powerfully inspiring force in my life. I can provide no evidence, no data, to establish the existence of that love as a scientific fact. But lack of evidence doesn’t mean it’s imaginary.

That love is a baseline Truth in my life. Attempts to reduce it to facts of behavior or brain function or physiologic response couldn’t begin to capture the totality of the Truth.

We know the science that creates a sunset and the music theory behind a symphony, but none of that explains the experiences of viewing or listening or creating.

I think it’s a general principle that whenever we reduce a Truth to mere facts, or even try to express it in words, we diminish it.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

God didn’t explain The Word. He sent it to live among us.

And Jesus wasn’t full of grace and facts.

Have a great week!

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The Nature Of The Path

by Rich Dixon on October 17, 2014

“Follow Me.”

It’s the invitation of eternity. I believe Jesus wants to end our striving, seeking, and searching. I believe He wants us to accept His invitation—that’s obvious.

Last time I argued that the path is about more than Avoiding The Mud. Following the path is active—it must be something more than removing the bad stuff.

Last weekend I got a hint as I watched some close friends at a party. I realized God surrounds us with Unlimited quantities of the things we need most.

Grace, love, hope, forgiveness—they’re everywhere, and they’re gifts. You can’t buy them or strategically seek them. But if you give them away, generously and with no strings attached, they wash back over you like waves from an endless ocean.

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I wonder if the way to follow the path is to serve others by giving away these things God has given to you.

What if following the path is all about service, and following Jesus means giving away love, grace, forgiveness, hope, courage, mercy, light, justice, and the other gifts God planted in your heart?

What if choosing to give those gifts is really the way to follow the path and avoid the mud? What if you don’t have to focus on the mud at all?

Don’t mistake this model for “easy.” Simple doesn’t mean simplistic. Following this path involves hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

However, here’s a hard truth—walking in the mud ain’t all that easy, either.

“Follow Me.”

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