Theology, Cartoons and Simple Truth

            Linus and Lucy are staring out a window. Outside is a heavy downpour. Lucy asks the question, “Boy, look at it rain… what if it floods the whole world?”

Linus answers, “It will never do that… In the ninth chapter of Genesis God promised Noah that would never happen again, and the sign of the promise is the rainbow.”

Lucy responds looking relived. “You’ve taken a great load off my mind.”

In the final frame Linus sums it up, “Sound theology has a way of doing that!”

            Charles Schulz had a knack for giving profound statements to his characters in Peanuts. Though this particular cartoon is not as funny as it is perceptive, it is amusing that a small boy (Linus) says it the way he does. That is why I always liked Linus. Such a statement is a very simple truth and it goes a long way. There is security in sound theology. The important word here is sound. Sound theology has only one source: God alone. If you are going to study God you are going to have to read what He says about Himself. There is no better comfort than a word from God. One can rest on His assurances because they will stand. He is in control and He is good.

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

            When man goes to his own devising he will complicate his life and those around him. For one reason or another man feels free to tamper with the simple truths. For one reason or another people believe men rather than God. For one reason or another people ignore Scripture and worry themselves to death rather than pick up a Bible and read the promises of God. There is found truth, comfort, peace of mind and sound theology. The simple statements are profound and eternal.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:

“The LORD is my helper;
 I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”

John 14:18 “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

Happiness is knowing God is in control.

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