Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Messages in the Experiential
Atheist's often embrace death as something to be accepted as natural and normal.
But what does the above picture say to you existentially? In other words, how does the image of death make you feel?
Not exactly feeling warm and fuzzy? Why is such a negative visceral reaction so natural and normal?
Contrasted with the end of life, what about the natural and normal responses we experience looking at the start of life?
Is it insane to act like these feelings don't exist when we look at the end of life while hypocritically embracing them when looking at the beginning of life?
I would be the first to stand up and say that a life lived only by feelings is a life lived in folly and will be cut off prematurely. But should these feelings totally be ignored?
Could it be that the feelings we experience looking at these things are signposts? If so, how can we reconcile the sign of a newborn's birth telling us to celebrate a life that inevitably ends in death?
It is enough to make one insane. Insanity is the height of brokenness. But perhaps instead of letting this dissonance break us, we can let it break the world. The world is indeed broken. By recognizing this, I can rise above the cocophany of dissonance and look for what ought to have been.
But one cannot acknowledge what should have been without presuming upon the idea of purpose. And purpose always has a purpose maker.
These Greek pillars are beautiful works of art. We couldn't also call them ruins unless we knew that their original purpose was to support a coliseum.
Don't ignore the questions of purpose. They are the most important questions of life, illuminating our understanding and pointing to a greater purpose maker.