Puzzle rooms have become pretty popular. Have you ever been to one? The idea is you enter the room and then are locked into it. Now you need to figure your way out and escape through a series of clues. One clue will lead to another and so on until the final clue unlocks the door and you win or your time runs out and you lose.
I have never been in one, yet but maybe in the future. I did see an example of one on a TV show called The Big Bang Show. You may know of it. It has been pretty popular over the last decade. The geniuses on the show figured it all out in about 2 minutes. They also claimed it was the most fun they ever had. I suspect it might take me a bit longer than that and frustrate me a bit.
Is life just one big puzzle room for us to figure out?
Did God provide little clues for us to think about and ponder until we come to the conclusion that He is real and exists? After attending a recent Christian apologetics conference put on by Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina, I began to wonder. You would be amazed at all the topics there are for people to explore and delve into while studying Christian apologetics.
Apologetics is defined by Wikipedia as (from Greek ἀπολογία, "speaking in defense") is the religious discipline of defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse. The early Christian writers (c. 120–220) who defended their beliefs against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called Christian apologists. Some just try to simplify this by saying it defines a Christian Worldview.
Some of the topics covered in the conference were from a scientific perspective. For example, how God has revealed himself through the small organisms like the bacterial flagellum and structures like DNA. There were topics that went in the opposite direction and looked at the beginning of the universe and the fine-tuning of the universe to allow for life to exist. Yes, these were actual scientists that had the nerve to believe that the data they are uncovering day by day points to a Creator.
Others were deeply philosophical people that approach topics like morality, reasoning, and laws of logic. They feel these concepts point to a Creator that by being created in the image of God, we had on our hearts and minds these topics embedded in us and not by some order of evolution.
People that were fascinated with history had no shortage of topics to explore. There were lectures on archeological evidences, on historical documents, Biblical proofs, and extra-biblical accounts. One of the keynotes was delivered by Gary Habermas who discussed the resurrection from a standpoint of doubt and how to overcome personal doubt.
In all, in two short days, there were over 100 sessions. Of course, you could not attend all but you had a plethora of choices in just about any area you fancied. It was hard to pick out which ones to attend.
The question is, “is life one big puzzle room?”. Have we been given enough clues to unlock the door to understanding God? Maybe you think there is no puzzle and you are just here existing. Maybe, you could start to think about why you exist at all. Start looking in the puzzle room of life and see where the clues lead you.
Author - Guy Yasika
Looking to profess my faith to anyone that will listen.