Letter - Christmas story shines through darknessWhat a pitiful state this world and its people would be in were unbelief and agnosticism right. But where atheism fails to see a star, God has caused the Star of Bethlehem to shine!
To the editor:
Robert G Ingersoll, the notorious agnostic of the last century, gave the funeral oration at the burial service of his brother. Here is a paragraph oft-quoted, which gives the gist of his oration: “Life is a dark barren vale between the ice-clad peaks of two cold eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We wail and cry in the dark. Faith tries to see a star and hear the rustle of a wing, but the only sound we hear is the echo of our own voice.”
What a picture of life when God is left out! Consider the descriptive adjectives and verbs he used in his portrayal of life: “dark”, “barren”, “ice-clad”, “cold”, “wail”, “cry”.
What a pitiful state this world and its people would be in were unbelief and agnosticism right. But where atheism fails to see a star, God has caused the Star of Bethlehem to shine! The Wise Men, then as now, say, “We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2)
Shining out of the dense darkness of sin and trouble, the Star of Bethlehem shines as the Light of God to enlighten every man that is born into this world. The star guided the Wise Men to the house, and there they found the Christ-child. And they laid their gifts before Him.
How the Christmas story throbs with the very realism of God!