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Iain Gibb
Iain Gibb

‘The earth is full of God’s unfailing love (Psalm 33 v.5)

The above quotation from Psalm 33 summarises one world view - that there is a God who cares for us.

James W Sire opens his book on world views, ‘The Universe Next Door’, by illustrating a totally different outlook, which I do not share.

Here it is:

A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist.”

“However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.”

Many things happen that I find hard to understand, and I often ask, “Why?”

However, there is in this world great love, compassion and care, and, yes, a sense of obligation.

Sometimes it is seen within families or small communities, but it is also demonstrated, especially when disasters happen, on a global scale.

This desire to stand alongside those who are less fortunate than we are is shared by Christians, by people of other faiths and by people who do not adhere to any faith at all.

As a Christian, I believe this is because we have been made in the image and likeness of a loving and compassionate God.

Even at the worst of times, we are not alone.

When Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hung by the Nazis, the camp doctor was in attendance, but had no idea whom he was watching.

He recounted afterwards: “He said a short prayer and then climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed. I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”

Bonhoeffer never doubted God’s unfailing love, and his sacrifice has been an inspiration ever since.

Iain Gibb,

Olivet Evangelical Church, Falkirk