“We have choices to make. We can’t avoid it! Various things shape the choices we make. There are fundamental choices that we make, that we need to make, that we need to understand the foundation of.” – Mr. Peter Nathan
Consider this question: How do we live the good life?
Many intelligent thinkers have considered this very basic question, and have arrived at nearly as many conclusions as there are people who have attempted to answer it. But what if this isn’t even the right question? What could be wrong with striving to know how to live a good life? Could there be a flaw in the very question itself? If so, what is it?
In thinking of life as a journey, we so often hear about choosing between two ways – “the way of give” versus “the way of get”, the path that leads to life opposing the path that leads to destruction, or the narrow, difficult road contrasting the broad, easy road. But what if the choice is between the path of Philosophy, and the Biblical path? How could those be opposing paths? From the surface, they hardly seem opposite. It’s fascinating to consider that, whether aware of it or not, we choose between one or the other in the very foundation of our beliefs, and decisions we make in our lives. Mr. Nathan described to us the meaning of these two paths, and the repercussions of choosing one or the other. He described that that “path of philosophy” derives itself from rational, human reasoning.
“We end up, as a result of Philosophy, with a closed universe – God has no place in it, because you see, you can’t measure it. The spiritual world is not subject to rational measurement, thought, evaluation…etc…That’s the world of every bit of education you have received…everything you learned at school was based on this column [the path of philosophy]”
On the other hand, the “Biblical path” forms from Divine revelation, which requires faith to accept. As Mr. Nathan described, the question that we should be answering is not, “How do human beings live a good life?” but rather, “How does God want me to live?”. So what do these two ways of life look like in a practical sense? Mr. Nathan described the two paths in terms of your life represented by a target. In the path of philosophy (closed universe), “self” lies at the center, whereas in the Biblical way, God is the center and everything else falls around it. (Check out Mr. Nathan’s chart to get a better sense of the analogy).
“The way of Philosophy is the desire to live a good life, but what does the Bible demand of us?…Rather than me seeking something, to make my life feel good…God wants us to seek Him to answer how we should live.”
It’s funny to think that sometimes when we are looking for the answer to something, we may find we are asking the wrong question. From what I learned from Mr. Nathan, the choice comes in answering, and acting upon the right question. This gives me pause to consider: When making a choice, am I asking the right question?