Living Stones Series: First Published in All Around Old Bridge Publication – November 2022
By Pastor Lloyd Pulley
In Tuscany sits “The Leaning Tower of Pisa,” a grand bell tower with a nearly four-degree lean. Unable to support its foundation, the soft ground underneath gives this famous tower its tilt—because something is only as stable as the foundation upon which it is built!
The most important foundation to be concerned about in life relates to the matter of origins: Do we have a Creator, or did we evolve from something which ultimately would have to come from nothing? (Being seeded by aliens only pushes evolution further back). If our lives are the result of an explosion somewhere in space, we have no purpose – but if we are created, then we have meaning.
Some argue against creation because we see both order and beauty, in addition to chaos and flaws. But visiting a bombed-out cathedral, no one would conclude the architect was an idiot. The apparent design was the result of intelligence, but it would be clear something happened to bring it to ruin. The Bible explains that what was amazingly beautiful went horribly wrong. What was perfect was affected by sin and rebellion against God. And it is that very sin within us that causes many to deny the existence of a loving Creator, instead choosing to follow the lonely path of self-worship and meaninglessness. Yet people cannot live without meaning, purpose, or hope, so it would seem obvious we were created!
Those abandoning the Bible’s answers for life have a considerable challenge deriving meaning for words like justice, right, wrong, and intrinsic worth. But since there is a Creator in heaven who “knit me together in my mother’s womb” and “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” by Him, we realize we have been created for a specific purpose. Then we can live our lives with meaning and value the lives around us. Thus, we will protect the unborn, speak out for the oppressed, love the unlovely, and genuinely care for the souls of all. Our lives will be abundant and satisfying. Truth is based upon the authority of the Bible, and we will live a life worth living by its precepts!
Have you settled this question in your mind? It matters what foundation you build your life upon!
Saturday, November 12th, and Sunday, November 13th, Calvary Old Bridge is excited to host Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, the Ark Encounter, and the Creation Museum, for all weekend services with a message entitled, “Divided Nation: Culture in Chaos and a Conflicted Church.” Discover your origins and intrinsic worth.