Archive for April 2nd, 2010

Thank God It’s Friday

April 2, 2010

Today is a holiday at our house, perhaps it is a holiday at your house, too.  It’s getting to where in just about every month there is a holiday thrown in for good measure meaning we have a long week-end as a consequence.  But this one is different… Good Friday, a date that has its origins traced back to 33 AD and proceeds Easter Sunday in Christian society.  I know that not all the people enjoying this long week-end are associated with the Christian faith but they garnish the benefits of a long week-end just the same.  And it is to them that I dedicate this post…

There are a lot of things we take for granted in the world; sunshine, rain, the air that we breathe, all of it is soaked in as though it were our unequivocal right to do so.  So much in life occurs without our even taking notice or having influence over it, yet the occurence of it cannot be denied.

I had a conversation with the kids the other day, on one of those occasions when we are sitting around the dinner table and everyone is still talking to one another.  The subject turned to faith and the belief in God, artfully directed by yours truly.  I find that the world is continually removing the awe and splendor of God’s creation from our children and though I am not a practicer of any formal religion, I still have a reverence to the Almighty.  But more on that later…

People these days form opinions based on popular culture and the direction of their peers.  Never is this more apparent than with school children reaching their teen years.  I am not going to paint this observance with a broad brush, but based on my experience and those of us who are honest with ourselves, most people would have to agree.  There is a shift in thought patterns,  influence and behaviour as a young person reaches 13.  The body is changing while the mind is clinging to it’s adolescence and coping with a growing maturity.  Suddenly, the clouds lift and the darkness of repression is parted… we know it all!

At the dinner table my step-daughter firmly adhered to the belief that there is no God based on lack of proof.  We cannot see God, she ascertained, therefore He doesn’t exist.  We can’t explain where God comes from or what was happening before He existed so to try to believe in a Supreme Being is ridiculous and foolish.  She is rather smug in her assumption and resolute in the finality of her declaration.  Am I up for the challenge?  Our dining room has a large window that looks out on our street.  Above the houses across the street is a blue sky, a rarity for mid-March.  I look outside…

“If you saw an airplane in the sky, could you explain how it flies?”

“No.”

“But it does fly, right?”

“I guess so, yeah.”

“So, just because we can’t explain how something works, doesn’t mean it can’t exist.”

“Can you explain how it works?”

“Well, there is combustion and lift in the design of an airplane that gives it the ability to leave the Earth, right?  So, yeah, I could explain how a plane flies.  But more importantly is the fact that things do exist that we cannot comprehend.  To say that they don’t exist because we don’t understand how they work would be wrong, don’t you think?”

“Yes” comes from the tender observance of my step-son, aged 11.  You never know whose mind you may be influencing during a conversation with a group and his reaction is most gratifying. 

It gives me hope. 

“To know that God exists all we have to do is look around us.  Instead of deciding there is no God based on lack of evidence, why not try to explain there is no God despite the proof that there is?”

Some of the things that have happened in the name of religion have caused many to turn away from God.  There are some scholars that even declare that the Bible is contradictory and cannot be trusted.  Scientists continually look for ways to discredit creation by Intelligent Design by promoting one theory after another.  Some teachings, such as Darwinism (which began as Darwin’s Theory) are now spewed as fact.

Good Friday may be a religious holiday to some, an observance that precedes the Resurrection of the Christ.  To others it is a day off work and a long week-end that heralds in the springtime with the pagan fertility rites of eggs and baby rabbits.  Whatever your take on the day, try to explain the ability to fly to a teenager. 

You may find more truth than you realize.

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Peace.