Sobering logic

30 Mar

 

Alfie

What’s it all about, Alfie? You know what I mean,” so commented with subdued irony the Michael Caine character in the 1966 British film, “Alfie”.  A very important thought, maybe this was first time that Alfie had looked beyond the present moment to something more than pleasing himself.

Most human beings, unlike other mammals, DO ask the big questions of life.  Rightly so, for these issues are not whimsical ponderings, but life-altering in their implications and answers.

I haven’t seen the movie, but reading the synopsis of it see this link, gave me a sense of the emptiness of Alfie’s (Alfred) life of womanizing.  I thought about the movie and how people either do or don’t take seriously the metaphysical and very serious matters confronting each of us.

The most important choice any human must make can be framed this way as a conditional major premise:

  • If we have lived attached to Jesus Christ in this life, then we will live together with Christ in the next life (which lasts forever)
The converse is true: 
  • If we have NOT lived attached to Christ in this life, then we will NOT live with Christ in the next life (which lasts forever)

Reality is, a decision must be made in this life.  There is no karma, no second chances once we die.  There are only two paths, one with Christ and one without.

These facts are not my opinions; they come from Jesus himself.  He is the one who declared:

  •  “I am THE way, the truth and the light.” John 14:6a

So think deeply, dear logical Joe and Jane.  As pastor and teacher Dr. R. C. Sproul counsels, ‘This moment counts forever’.

2 roads

 

2 Responses to “Sobering logic”

  1. Carville Wallberg April 4, 2016 at 12:51 am #

    ‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’ (Viktor Frankl)

    ‘There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.’ (Carl Jung)

    What you say is true and important. We also need to remember the joy that Christ brings into our lives, and into the lives of all who believe in him. What did Nietzsche say:

    ‘They would have to sing better songs for me to believe in their Savior: his disciples would have to look more redeemed!’

    The combination of logic and joy is the province and playground of the Christian. We need to live it well, and always, for it is our life. Christ is alive! Let us laugh!

    • Maria April 4, 2016 at 10:03 am #

      Carville – “The combination of logic and joy is the province and playground of the Christian.” is a keeper conclusion. Thank you!!! I agree. And God gave us logic and in Him is fullness of joy.

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