In our last post we looked at the ‘impersonal’ answer to the metaphysical question of ‘being and existence’; to why something is there rather than nothing being there. The first answer we gave was evolution and its impersonal beginning. We must remember that any philosophical or religious system that falls into this ‘impersonal’ beginning ends up with the same set of problems. Can you think of any of the world’s major religions that start with an impersonal beginning? I can think of several: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Starting from the ‘impersonal’ these three major world religions are in the same boat as evolution. In fact, when one looks deeply, in most cases, they use some form of evolutionary–the force be with you– beginning. They have no real answers for where ‘personality’ comes from, nor the form and order and complexity of the universe. A great question for the impersonal-ist is “How can the impersonal produce the personal, or how does personality come from that which is impersonal?” Their typical reply: ‘Ah, umm, uhh, well….’
The problem remains the same with whichever impersonal beginning you want to start with, to wit, no true answers in regard to being and existence with its complexity, or as Schaeffer likes to coin it, no true answers to the personality or “mannishness of man”. Beginning with the impersonal, there is no meaning or significance to the diversity of any of the particulars (you, me, the leaf, the dog, the sun, the cat, the moon, the raindrop, the dustmite).
There is another rational answer however. This answer begins not with the impersonal, but with the ‘personal‘. A personal beginning to all that exists. In other words, that which is personal began everything else, the very opposite of beginning with the impersonal. And it is in this case, that man does have ‘meaning’ and ‘significance’. How?
What we’re speaking to here is the answer of a personal-infinite God who fills the philosophical need of existence and being. An altogether grand Other that is both personal and infinite on the high order of trinity and has brought into existence all that exists. For now we have an answer to ‘personality’, and to why man has meaning and significance. We have an answer to the form and order and complexity of the universe. And it is the Judeo-Christian God of the Old and New Testaments, not just any ‘god’ that fits this answer perfectly. The answer to the metaphysical question we started with, ‘something there rather than nothing being there’, is that “yes, that ‘something there’ is the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible, He is ‘there’, and has created all else”.
Because He is personal, He gives personality to man. Because He is infinite and omnipotent, He can create all else. Because He is trinity, there is personal unity and diversity. There is no other answer. No other explanation or philosophical/religious system of thought answers the existence of the universe in its vast complexity and of man-as-man, as completely and fully as the Judeo-Christian system of thought. It’s a titanic answer, one we never need be ashamed of.
With the apostle Paul, we are ‘not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God…'(Rom. 1:16).
As always, I remain,
Dear ol’ Dad
Vaya con Dios mis hijas