Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wernher von Braun, in the aftermath of World War II, concluded that "science and religion are not antagonists. On the contrary, they are sisters." He even put it on a personal basis as Billy knew him very well. Dr. von Brahn said "Speaking for myself, I can only say that the grandeur of the cosmos serves only to confirm a belief in the certainty of a creator....In our search to know God, I've come to believe that the life of Jesus Christ should be the focus of our efforts and inspirations. The reality of this life and His resurrection is the hope of mankind!"
Billy has spoken in 105 countries and he was invited one day to speak with Chancellor Adanauer, who was sort of the founder of modern Germany. He asked if Billy believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He then told Billy he would write a book on the why Jesus rose and why it is important to believe that when he eventually was to leave office. In one of his plays, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn depicts a man dying. The man says to those around his bed, "The moments when it is terrible to feel regret is when one is dying." So how should we live to avoid this?
Blaise Pascal, the architect of modern civilization, a brilliant scientist and mathematician and the man believed to be the found of the Probability Theory and creator of the first model of a computer (now with a computer language named after him.), was astounded at the phenomenon we are talking about. People can achieve extraordinary heights in science, the arts and human enterprise, yet they are also filled with hypocracy, anger and self-hatred. Pascal saw us as a remarkable mix of genius and self delusion.
King David died at the age of 70 and said, "Even though I walk theough the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me." This was David's answer to the three dilemmas and it can be your answer too. When Billy was 17 growing up on a farm with all the responsibilities of the farm. Trying to keep up with studies and chores at the same time, he didn't make good grades until college. One day, he came face-to-face with Christ, who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." Jesus was a liar, He was insane or He was what He claimed to be and Billy had to make the decision of what he would believe. Billy chose to believe by faith. His heart was changed and now he is ready when he is called to go before the presence of God.