Tuesday, June 03, 2008

What Do You Believe?

It's funny how often the question of what you believe comes up. In a culture where church attendance is falling off like a cliff edge in the Alps, we still are bombarded with the question of what we believe. Yesterday we went to the latest of the Indiana Jones movies. (It was good, but I'm also glad we paid a discounted price.) Like other installments of the series the viewer is challenged to take on different beliefs. I was particularly struck when at the climax of the movie the "bad guy" asks Indiana, "Don't you believe?" He responds with, "I do believe, that's why I'm backing away." For me it then begged the question, "What do you believe?"

So, what do you believe? It seems that lots of people believe, but what do they believe in? What do you believe in?

It was also interesting, and maybe only to this pastor, that one of the main conclusions drawn at the end of the show was that true treasure was really knowledge. It reminded me of Proverbs 1:7, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and discipline." It made me want to jump to the conclusion that faith really is the true treasure. If the treasure is knowledge and the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord and fear of the Lord really is faith, then it must be concluded that faith (meaning faith in God) really is the true treasure.... Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but I've got to tell you that this preacher is willing to make that leap... at least for today.

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