Monday, August 22, 2005

The Taproot Principle

Energize Internally: This is the most important of the MAXIMIZERS principles, because it addresses our spirit and character--who we are at the core, and our ultimate source of power and truth. It's called the taproot principle because like the taproot for a tree, it is absolutely necessary for true life. We are only as strong and alive and full of hope as the God (or god) that we embrace.

As I mentioned in an early post on this blog, I don't know enough about Islam or the Koran to say whether Al Qaeda's actions are legitimate according to those principles, but whatever their spiritual source, it's obviously evil. A tree is known by its fruit, and terrorists such as these are clearly rotten to the core. They have sadly bought into a lie that is dragging their souls down to hell, to the great dismay of the Lord Jesus Christ, who weeps at their foolishness.

It's up to each person to determine the merits of the faith they currenly embrace or are considering embracing. I don't have all the facts regarding Christianity--for me to develop a thorough apologetic for the Bible and Christ as well as thoroughly discounting the many other faiths would be impossible. My faith is indeed based partly on the facts I'm currently aware of, but mostly on the conviction the Holy Spirit has given me. Some of you may not like that approach, but can any of you believers in other religions tell me honestly that you chose your belief system totally apart from faith, based only on facts? Did you really research all other religious beliefs?

Of course, if you have taken the time to study a religious belief system and the facts are clearly wrong, then it's untrue no matter how much you want to believe otherwise. Please note however: A fact doesn't become true only when it becomes discovered. For example, the earth didn't suddenly change from being flat only after its actual shape was discovered; it wasn't flat well before that. What I'm trying to say is that just because certain facts in the Bible have not yet been discovered, that doesn't mean they aren't true. For many years there was no known historical extra-biblical evidence for the falling of the walls of Jericho, but now there is. It was a fact when it happened, not just when we discovered it to be so.

Attempts by rulers to force Christianity upon the world have never worked, since "a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." The corruption of extremist Islam can be seen in the fact that in so many cases its leaders force non-adherents to adopt the faith or be killed. Christ uses love and joy to draw us to Him.

I pray that each of you chooses wisely.


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