Yesterday, through Facebook, I listened to a video in which the speaker was expounding on his ideas regarding the oneness of all life and the “higher purpose of evolution” in “the fulfillment of life on this planet.” He said ” We’re not building this thing, we are participating in it, we are the idea that it is having, we are a fashionable new trend in the creative, ongoing, purposive unfolding of the Gaian mind.” Embedded in this philosophy is the concept that there is no distinction between a creator and the creation. Instead, the earth and life and rocks and grass and people are really one big organism (god) that is continually evolving as it fulfills a higher purpose. You might want to challenge yourself and listen to the entire 3 minute video by clicking here.
As I listened, I thought to myself “How do you know? You speak with such confidence about what this life is about and what the earth is (supposedly) doing.” And it made me thankful for Jesus. Few people doubt that there was actually a man named Jesus who was born just over 2000 years ago, who taught great truths, was reported to have worked many miracles, and who died a horrible death because of the radical things he proposed. His closest followers saw him being tortured, they verified his death, and they placed him him a rock-hewn tomb. They claimed that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his death, walked and talked in a supernatural body for 40 days, then ascended to the skies as they looked on.
All of these close disciples were persecuted and even martyred because of their testimonies about the life, teachings, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. It is frequently stated that no one willingly dies for what they know to be a lie. Historians who have studied deeply about Jesus and his disciples have concluded that the facts surrounding their lives and deaths are as verifiable as any other events in the ancient world.
Consider the many non-Christian philosophers who have taught and died throughout history. Not one follower of these teachers can make a serious, historically verifiable claim about their guru dying and coming back to life. And fellows like the one in the video above can use mystical, quasi-scientific language to impress listeners with their jargon, but I’ll put my faith in the teachings of the One who has proven His authority by conquering death.
Now, what will you do about Jesus? Even if you aren’t convinced He rose from the dead, you can’t just dismiss him as a good man who taught some nice things about loving your neighbor. C.S. Lewis stated this about Jesus:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
~ C.S. Lewis
With Lewis, I recommend that you fall at the feet of Jesus and call Him Lord and God. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life…all verified by an empty tomb!