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I'm A Realist


In a recent article I wrote that I view myself as a realist. 

A realist is one who accepts a situation as it is and is prepared to deal with it appropriately.  When it comes to a negative situation the realist does not act as if it does not exist.  I admit that my realism, something some call negativism, is inherent to who I am.  In part, this causes me to believe that a realistic approach to life is beneficial and even Biblical.             


I realize there are various interpretative views of Genesis 1 through 3, but most agree that Genesis 3 ends with all of creation being plunged into a frustrating life of decay leading to death.  Science calls this reality entropy.  In Biblical terms, neither the cross of Christ nor all the faith you think you have in Jesus will remove this negative reality.  We have no choice but to accept it and deal with it appropriately until a new reality comes our way.  Revelation 21:1 reads:     


"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea."


Paul commented on this in Romans 8:21 through 23.


"Consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God."


All of creation accepts our frustrating entropic existence as it eagerly waits for the new reality of Revelation 21:1.  Paul wasn't being pessimistic when he wrote about the frustrations of life.  He was being a Biblical realist.  He faced unpleasant situations and he dealt with them appropriately.  One thing he didn't do was use his faith in Jesus to try to make them go away.  With his trust in Jesus, with the assurance of a future glorious reality, he faithfully accomplished God's will for him in the midst of a frustrating entropic existence.     


Realistically speaking, as I age, my life is in the process of decay that will lead to my eventual death.  Although that process doesn't excite me, it doesn't overly depress me, at least not yet.  It's just life and all of the optimistic hyper-faith that I think I can muster up will not change this reality.  This realistic approach to life helps me deal with the difficulties, failures, and frustrations of an entropic existence.  Being a realist certainly does not nullify my faith, my passive, restful assurance I have in Jesus, my Lord and Saviour.


Post Script

I have expanded on what you have just read in my book entitled "Surviving The Human Condition," available on all Amazon websites.  


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