Is the Fabric of Reality Ripping Apart?
Over the past several years (most obviously over the last year), there has been a lot of discussion concerning truth. What is truth? Can you know the truth? Who can you trust to tell the truth? There have even been articles written by universities concerning our modern "epistemological crisis," and we have been confronted with the question - are the underpinnings of reality coming loose?
Lest we think we live in extraordinary times, this has always been the question in a fallen world. Back in the garden of Eden, the serpent began tugging at the very fabric of reality when he questioned the words of God and said, "Ye shall not surely die." Once believed, Satan's lie brought into question the authority of the Source of all existence - God himself.
Colossians 1:16 puts it this way, "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him." Since all things were created through and for Him, being the source of everything, His authority is ultimate and supreme.
The most obvious truth that fallen man has not reconciled himself with is this - the reason why we struggle to make sense out of this world is because, as a society, we have ignored the most fundamental source of authority - God. The underpinnings of reality seem to be coming loose because we have shaped an existence independent from God, and any foundation apart from Him is doomed to failure. Ask Adam and Eve.
Jesus put it this way: "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
So, the critical question for you today is this: in what authority are you putting your trust?