I once went fishing in far northern Saskatchewan on Wollaston Lake. Wollaston Lake is not in the middle of no where . . . it is north of there. While fishing on this immense lake (the lake is the size of New Jersey), you hardly ever see another person unless they are in the boat with you. You can hardly imagine a recreational lake in Oklahoma that is not surrounded by homes and boat docks. However, up near the Arctic Circle, life is different and more desolate.
While fishing on these waters you see a lot of things on the shore line that look very natural . . . beaver dams, boulders, and bushes. No matter where we went around Wollaston Lake we saw some combination of these things.
However, after long hours on the Lake, we came to a particular bay that looked quite different. Up on the side of the hill guarding the bay’s entrance sat a beautiful log cabin. The cabin was not luxurious, but it was fantastic . . . exactly the kind of cabin you would want to retreat to in the Canadian wild.
Over the course of our fishing trip I floated past this cabin 4 or 5 times. In all my journeys past “cabin bay” I never saw a single person outside the cabin . . . yet I have no doubt that someone built it. The complexity and organization of its construction prevented me from believing the cabin was just the product of “if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around . . . ”
I was thinking about this experience this week as I am preparing for Sunday’s sermon at Wildwood Community Church. A common question asked by many is, “Is there really a God?” A related question is, “how can I prove that God really exists?” Is religion just a blind leap into the dark?
Just as it is not a blind leap to think that someone built the cabin on Wollaston Lake, so it is not a blind leap to think that Someone (God) created the world in which we live. Each boulder, beaver, and bush so naturally placed around Wollaston point to a supernatural origin. In light of the evidence, belief in God is not a blind leap into the dark, it is a step of faith into the light.
Don’t believe me? Join us this Sunday at Wildwood in either our 9:30 or 10:50 worship services as we will explore this question deeper. I will be preaching this message in tandem with my friend Dr. Mike Strauss. Mike is a Physicist at the University of Oklahoma who crashes atoms into each other in Cern, Switzerland in his spare time. I will set the stage and direct us towards some relevant Scripture then have Mike share a good bit about the Scientific Evidence for God. You won’t want to miss this!
Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at Wildwood Community Church – wildwoodchurch.org.
Here is a summary of questions we will be addressing in our “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Christianity” sermon series: