Earlier this week, I was reading some discussions on a secular website about belief in God. One thing which caught my attention was that it seemed as though the vast majority of people believe in God. In fact, after wading through countless comments, I could only find a couple of people who suggested otherwise. Interesting. Of course, for the most part, even the most isolated people groups have been found to have some belief in a supreme being. When something pops up universally, even amongst the most remote people, we ought to take notice. The evidence suggests that deep within us, we are "wired" to believe that we have been created and we have a purpose for existence and that indeed, our existence does not end with death.
As I was thinking about these things, I recalled a quote in The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. Puddleglum, a marsh-wiggle, was having a conversation with the Queen of the Underland.
The queen had been attempting to convince the children and Puddleglum that the world they had known above and been taught about "Aslan" was merely a dream, a fantasy. It wasn't real. Only the place they were in now, her kingdom, was real. She nearly succeeded in casting her spell.
Puddleglum, after realizing what was happening, burns himself by putting out the fire in which the mind-altering incense was burning. As the rich, dizzying smell of the incense was replaced by the terrible smell of burnt marsh-wiggle, Puddleglum said:
Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That's why I'm going to stand by the play world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we're leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that's a small loss if the world's as dull a place as you say.”
--C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair
Near the end of his life, the Apostle Paul wrote:
...for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2 Timothy 1:12b
Reflecting upon what God has done in my life, I can say that as well. The scoffers can scoff all they want but I cannot help but wonder what their deepest feelings would be if they heard these words said to them, "I'm very sorry but it's cancer". I can only tell you that in that moment and all the moments that have followed, I realized that to live my life following Jesus Christ has truly been a life worth living... and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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