Greetings from the Pastor
When is your birthday? Do you celebrate it?
Every year that passes perhaps you grow a little more curious about how you came to be. If you are a scientist your answer would be a biological explanation, but what if you want to know more than just the basic biology. Suppose your intellectual curiosity craves knowledge about the origins of the earth, the solar system, the universe, and everything that is, shall we say, out there. Where would you begin to seek the answers and what would you find? There are plenty of theories giving plausible explanations, but what if you are still not satisfied. What if your curiosity drives you to ask a different sort of question, not how but why? It is this last question that is the most intriguing. Why are you here? Are you here to celebrate another birthday or is there more to our existence?
Some people answer this question by starting with an all powerful being - God. They believe that God created everything. They also believe that God created you, and you are unique. Francis Collins, the director of the Human Genome Project who holds both a PhD and an M.D. degree expressed his belief in God. He said, "Another thing that is important to me is my faith, and that surprises people." People are surprised to find that extremely intelligent people believe in God. Why are they surprised? People like Collins are merely one of many individuals through history who know that there is more to life than what we see with our eyes.
C.S. Lewis is perhaps the best known apologist for the Christian faith. Many of his books especially Mere Christianity is a great place to start should you wish to begin your journey into faith. The most important place to start is by reading the ancient texts known as the Bible. Read, ask questions, explore the world, and eventually you will see the hand of God in all of creation. And who knows, the next time you make a wish over a birthday candle it might be a prayer of thanksgiving for faith.