“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be…” (2 Peter 3:11)
The issue of faith–to believe or not to believe–says John Ortberg, “is never just a question of calculating the odds for the existence of God. We are not just probability calculators. We live in a burning building. It’s called a body. The clock is ticking.” (“Know Doubt,” p.32)
Ortberg doesn’t mind mixing metaphors. We live in a burning building; the clock is ticking.
Yes, and the Titanic which we call Earth is sinking (with too many people occupied with re-arranging deck chairs). The universe is winding down. The sun which supports life on earth and is the center of our solar system has an expiration date, scientists say.
The physical creation has a shelf life expiration date.
A plethora of metaphors come to mind, all directed toward establishing one giant fact: You and I should not be planning to live forever, in this body or on this earth.
These abodes are temporary.
It is true that these are all we know. I’ve never lived outside this body or anywhere but on this planet. And that’s where faith comes in. There is something else out there, something better, something higher, more solid, more lasting, awaiting the redeemed in Jesus Christ.