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What Is A Frog?

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ... and trust in Me
John 14:1-12

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It is said that our present Age -- our modern secular Age, so called -- lacks a proper sense of reverence for the awesome mystery of life. Modern man, it is said, has lost the capacity to dwell on the wondrous mystery of a creative order grinding and groaning its way toward a fulfillment that transcends all human understanding. Today's people, it is also said, are interested in facts, and little else. Accordingly, the process of "knowing" is narrowed down to collecting data, and, reducing them to a simple statement of fact. For example, two men, strangers to each other, sat side-by-side on a big jet airliner. After takeoff, they struck up a conversation that went something like this ...

First man: "What do you do for a living?"

Second man: "I'm an astronomer. I teach astronomy on the University level. And what do you do?"

First man: "I'm a clergyman, pastor of a small Church in Indiana."

Astronomer: "Well, I used to go to Church when I was growing up, but I haven't gone in years. Why should I? You see, long ago I came to the conclusion that religion, basically, is just being good to your neighbor. That sums it all up. That's what religion is all about."

Pastor: "That's very interesting. Now I'm no expert in your field, but I think astronomy can be summed up in, "Twinkle twinkle, little star/How I wonder what you are."

Modern secularist society's way of "knowing" is to be objective. Thus, the astronomer's notion that the whole business of religion can be summed up in a single, simple statement of fact. It's saying in effect, "The way to know about anything at all -- the way to know about religion -- is to strip yourself of all your prior conceptions, all your traditions, all the time-honored longings and yearnings and hopes and aspirations that are part of your sacred heritage, all the rituals, all the miraculous events, all the inspiration, all the mystery, all traces of reverence and awe and wonder -- strip it all away, detach yourself, be objective. That's [...]

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