Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Origins - Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ

One of the most important questions of humanity is: "What is my purpose?" Of all the living organisms that roam this beautiful planet, only human beings spend their energies in seeking the meaning of their existence.

Our search for purpose is intricately tied to understanding our origins. The answer to the question "Where did I come from?" deeply affects our decisions today. We walk along a constantly moving seam between the past and the future. At the very same moment, we are trying to understand the past, as well as making decisions for the future, whether immediate or long-term. My understanding of my past is inextricably intertwined with my understanding of my purpose and meaning today.

But, at some point, I must recognize the obvious fact that I have neither the capacity nor the vantage point to correctly comprehend the past. In addition, my view of the future is sadly plagued with inaccuracy. So, I have no choice but to be dependent on someone outside of myself to provide perspective and guidance.

In any type of large industry, the people who design the products are not usually the ones who actually make those products. I have often heard God referred to as the "Intelligent Designer." However, God is not only the Designer, but also the Maker of this world. He not only wrote the plans; He also put them into action.

If God is the Designer and the Maker, then He has the blueprints that I need in order to understand my place here. Only He can clarify for me the answers to my most basic questions: who am I?, what is my purpose?, and where am I going?

But, what does all this have to do with pornography?? Everything.

Pornography is a completely broken mechanism for human relationships. Healthy, fulfilling relationships involve self-sacrifice, partnership and commitment. Unhealthy, broken relationships are built on selfishness, exploitation, and indifference. Pornography is an obvious symptom of unhealthiness.

As my Designer, God has all the vital information, the original design found in His blueprints, to know how to fix my brokenness. As my Maker, He also has the strength and skill to help me change. And most importantly, He also has the desire to help, because of His vested love for His creation.

The question is: do I have the humility to come to Him with my need? Or will I continue to foolishly force my way forward without Him, pretending that I am a god, despite the obvious and constant proof to the contrary?

As Designer and Maker, God is the only One who has the design knowledge and necessary skill to fix our brokenness.

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