Saturday, January 28, 2017

Certitude

My General Conference theme was "A Firm Foundation." I once had a poster quoting T.S. Eliot, somewhat out of context, about "the still point of the turning world." A favorite scripture is from our Lord: "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock." And a book I found while in college was Elton Trueblood's A Place to Stand. From the chapter titled "A Center of Certitude":
For the Christian, Christ is not the end of the quest; He is the beginning. Starting with Him, we are forced by intellectual integrity to proceed a long way. If we are committed to Him, we trust Him about the being and the character of God, about the reality of prayer, about the possibility of miracle, and about the life everlasting. The deepest conviction of the Christian is that Christ was not wrong! Particularly, we are convinced that He was not wrong in His report about Himself. It is important to remember that our commitment is to one who said "All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him" (Matt. 11:27).
Elton Trueblood, A Place to Stand