Can one who has lost his faith in God still find comfort in Life and Death? This question has been asked of me several times by well meaning Christian friends and while I fully understand their concern… I can’t help but smile, as I attempt to assure them that, not only do I have Comfort …but I also have Joy in knowing that I am no longer the miserable failure that the Catechism teachers tried to convince me of when I was young. Perhaps some of you remember this from Lord’s Day 3
|Q.||From where, then, did man’s depraved nature come?|
|A.||From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise, for there our nature became so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.|
|Q.||But are we so corrupt that we are totally unable to do any good and inclined to all evil?|
|A.||Yes, unless we are regenerated by the Spirit of God.|
Given that most Bible scholars now agree that the writers of the Genesis creation narrative borrowed themes from Mesopotamian mythology, what does that say about Original sin? How can one find Comfort in believing that he is totally unable to do any good on his own?
My Comfort in Life and Death comes from knowing that I am Alive… and that the Life within me is the Eternal Energy that is responsible for all of Creation. My Joy comes from knowing that I am by nature Good and that the Love I have for others is My Love. I am responsible for all that I have done and will do, and take pride in knowing that I have fought a good fight… and when I finish the race, will take my place in the Winner’s circle with others who have done likewise, for our Journeys will not have been in vain and our contributions to Life will not go unnoticed… but will instead be the foundations of future generations of Life, as It evolves throughout Eternity.
Wayne Dale Matthysse