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Foundations . . . Not Shaken

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When the western world . . . awoke on the morning of August 6 [1945], and turned to the morning papers for the latest news on the war, they were astonished, actually stunned, . . . to read that a bomb had been created and used for the first time the day before, containing power equivalent to 40,000,000 pounds of TNT. When we read of smoke clouds almost instantly rising up 60,000 feet above [Hiroshima] and sheets of flames shooting up four or five miles into the sky, when we read of a light so bright that sunlight itself was eclipsed, and were informed that the explosion of this one bomb killed 136,000 human beings and wounded 118,000 more, and then were told that the energy released by this bomb was only one-tenth of one per cent of the actual energy it contained, everyone knew that man had at last found a weapon so frightfully powerful as to be capable of destroying the population of a whole nation in an hour or two. . . . What man had been looking for and dreaming about for years had at last come true; he had penetrated the mysteries of the structure of the universe, and in doing so, had presented to modern man a weapon by which the whole human race could easily commit suicide. . . .

There never has been a time when the thoughts of men have been so convulsed as now. There never has been a time when those things which we considered abidingly permanent we realize can suddenly be destroyed. Now we know that it is possible for the energy of the simplest things about us, as water or air, to be used for the total destruction of our earth.

In such a time of absolute confessed insecurity on the part of all world leaders, we should remember the words in the Epistle to the Hebrews, where it actually speaks of the trembling of the earth and the heaven and “the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain.”

What are the things not shaken: the fact of God, the fact of the incarnation of Christ, the fact that sins can be washed away in the blood of the Lamb of God, the fact of peace that passeth all understanding which we have, being justified by faith, the fact of the human soul, the realities of right and wrong, the certainty of judgment to come, the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. These cannot be shaken. If one has them, then one possesses the things that remain. If one does not, then the dawn of such an age as the atomic age means the very dissolution of the foundations of life. “Wherefore,” says the same writer, “receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God, with reverence (or godly fear) and awe: for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:27–29).

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