Foundation of Faith
Western Culture Dinner Topics
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT, ALFIE? In the 70s, there was a popular song by that title.
Nowadays there are many people wandering the streets, who think they know the answer to that question. But they are very angry all the time, so I suspect they don’t really know what it’s all about, and are therefore very frustrated. Or perhaps, deep down, they do know what it’s all about, but do not want to face the truth.
Then, there is a legion of young adults, who are so self-absorbed—so imprisoned in the pretty lock-box, AKA a “smart phone”—that any glimmer of light from Life’s big picture does not even reach their peripheral vision. So narrow is the world of this self-imposed digital prison, that its inmates don’t even know there is a window to their future.
What’s it all about? The poor things don’t even know to ask the question, let alone seek its answer.
“It’s not about you.” These words are often spoken to the spoiled, to the selfish, to the control freaks. Yes, it’s true. People like that need to get their minds off themselves. But I would suggest amending that statement:
“It’s not ONLY about you.” Because you are not alone.
First of all, it’s about God. After all, He created you and me. He has a plan for us, which is the key to our happiness, because He is our Heavenly Father, and He loves us. To Him, it is very much about you. It’s about your choices, and actions. If you are a parent or grandparent, it’s about what you do to teach your children and grandchildren to build a foundation of faith—that is, God’s plan for them. If you are a son or daughter, it’s about learning how to follow the guideposts along the road of life. Those guideposts are also known as The Ten Commandments. If you obey those, you will avoid so many “fiery swamps”, “pits of despair,” and “cliffs of insanity.” You will be well on the path to happiness. And you will never be alone. You will be more in tune with your Heavenly Father’s will; therefore you will have the Holy Spirit as your companion. And God will raise up friends who will help you.
Why are we here? This is another question answered by God’s plan.
Some people blame all our problems on Adam and Eve. Come on. Is that fair? They were only human. They made mistakes, just like we do. God knew we would make mistakes. That’s all part of His Plan. That’s why He sent His Son.
Choices have consequences. The consequence of our First Parents’ choice to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was to gain ability to know good from evil. So Heavenly Father sent them from Eden, not because He was angry, but because they needed to experience the inevitable consequence of every choice. He also sent them out of His presence, to learn how to distinguish good from evil in the great proving grounds called mortality, and to learn how to walk by faith.
So that’s why we are here—to choose right over wrong, of our own free will. God will force no man or woman to heaven. But we needn’t worry about being punished for the sins of Adam and Eve. Only our own mistakes. That is enough. But we must own those, not blame them on Eve, or anyone else. This accepting of responsibility is called repentance. That’s all we have to do—simply repent, and our beloved Savior does the rest.
Our merciful Heavenly Father did not send His first children into the wilderness without preparing them. Nor does He expect us to make our epic journey of life without help. We can set our course using the guidebook, or the Bible, which shows the path taken by our noble ancestors. We can gather our daily bread from the scriptures. And we have a built-in compass called our conscience.
These are the bricks for our foundation of faith, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone.
And that’s what it’s all about.
Your epic quest begins at birth
To find your purpose here on earth.
Along the way your heart will learn
How good from evil to discern.
Moments in time will come to define
Trials of your soul, to test and refine.
Discover things that will be treasured,
Perhaps not always in money measured—
Gems of knowledge, virtue, truth,
Eternal standards for families and youth—
To strengthen, protect, and to prepare
A way to escape the enemy’s snare.
The journey of life demands your part—
Courage, faith, and a willing heart.
You need not fall, though you may stumble,
For angels fail not to help the humble.
Your lone small flame may not seem bright,
Yet it reveals the way to greater light.
Day by day, big and little—
Answers await life’s every riddle.
Just when you think you can’t continue,
You’ll find the epic hero within you.
Honor and virtue will be your choice.
Return home triumphant, and rejoice.
Does it all seem too complicated to train your Children for the Future? Here’s How to Keep it Simple!
Everyone has to eat dinner, right?
Nothing like a fascinating dinner table conversation to teach the Biblical worldview in a comfortable setting. And it’s so much easier to explain what you stand for when it’s a way of life. Follow in His footsteps HERE. Every week you get Biblical worldview dinner topics so you can plan your teachable moments right along with your dinner menu.
Even if you do it once a week to begin with, it’s a great start. Congratulate yourself. Out of small and simple things, great things come to pass. Do not be weary in well-doing.