God is dead, as Nietzche so famously said. In 2015, spirituality is viewed as somewhat dated, made redundant by what we know about the world and its origins, and often pushed to the sidelines by other matters deemed more important.

That’s why it’s so jarring to read what the writers of the New Testament had to say about Jesus. In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle Paul stated that “He ranks higher than anything else that has been made” (Colossians 1:15). At the start of his Gospel, John asserts that “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made” (John 1:3). According to these guys, God isn’t supposed to be something that just takes its place alongside all our other priorities; rather, He’s supposed to be the foundation around which the rest of our lives are arranged. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it, to put first things first and deal with second things later, instead of giving first place to things that actually owe themselves to something else.


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