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A Firm Foundation

February 1, 2010

“I think, therefore I am.”  This statement of Rene Descartes is a wonderful starting point for building a philosophy.  However, it leaves us in the egocentric predicament of focusing only upon our own thoughts, feelings, and sensations.  For most people they will decide to accept as real something that is beyond themselves, or outside of themselves, if you prefer. 

I choose to accept as real, the existence of God, as revealed in the Christian Bible.  This provides the foundation upon which I build my philosophy of life.  It is a firm foundation, and allows the pieces of the puzzle of this life to come together in a way that makes sense.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  (Proverbs 9:10)

” My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”  (Proverbs 2:1-5)

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.  (Mathew 7:24-27)

The Christian faith provides a firm foundation for life.

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