As my trembling hands grip today’s Wall Street Journal (the print edition for old guys) and I dare to open its pages for another terrifying excursion through its bleak, dystopian landscape of mayhem, greed, conflict and impending economic collapse, I wonder why I keep doing it.

I’m like a gawker at a car wreck who just can’t look away. It’s no different on TV, from the screamers at Fox News, to the hand wringers at PBS, gloom-and-doom pervades.

Is this the best mankind can do? Who’s running this show anyway?

Worldview 1: No One Is Running This Show and It’s a Mess That Keeps Getting Messier

The late eminent physicist Carl Sagan once said: “The Cosmos is all there is, or was, or ever will be.”

His view, now adopted by successor physicists — at least those who wish to remain employed in academia — is that if you can’t see it, kick it or measure it, it doesn’t exist. Therefore, don’t even countenance the notion of a supernatural, invisible realm inhabited by spiritual beings.

The elephant in the living room of their view is what scientists refer to as “dark energy,” and “dark matter.” Together, these make up 95% of the known universe and guess what? They can’t be seen, kicked or measured, only implied mathematically — yet scientists everywhere agree they must exist or else the universe would either fly apart or collapse into itself.

The scriptures unequivocally warn us against the folly of such a dismissive, reductionist, materialistic view.

As written in Romans 1:20-22, “For since the creation of the world His (God’s) invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, being understood by what has been made (creation), so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools …”

Worldview 2: A Superior Being IS Running This Show, But He Isn’t Through with It Yet

In one of the Apostle Paul’s most important missionary journeys, he spoke to the men of Athens, Greece, on Mars Hill declaring in Acts 17:24-28, “The God who made the world and everything that is in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made by hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might feel around for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move …”

From this we can conclude that there is indeed a God who reveals Himself to inquiring, invested hearts and minds who see the critical importance of these issues and how they relate to their own eternal prospects.

As written in Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.”

Faith goes before sight in God’s plan of revelation. We do not see in order that we may believe; we believe in order that we may see.

The stakes couldn’t be higher in this battle for our minds.

The question of who or what is running the universe is not a casual intellectual matter to be enjoyed over tea and crumpets. We’re talking life and death here, folks.

There are powerful spiritual beings on both sides of these issues who are vying for your attention and allegiance.

In Ephesians 6:12, Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places …”

And the battleground of this cosmic war is in your mind, in Romans 8:5-6, “For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are in accord with the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace …”

How About You?

Jesus promised in John 14:1-3, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me … I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be.”

Do you buy that?

D.C. Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship mentor and writer focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on Christianity’s basic “value proposition.” Click here for more information, or contact him at don@peervalue.com. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

D.C. Collier

D.C. Collier

D.C. Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship mentor and writer focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on Christianity’s basic “value proposition.” Click here for more information, or contact him at don@peervalue.com. The opinions expressed are his own.