Plantinga recognized that not only did religious belief not conflict with serious philosophical work, but that it could make crucial contributions to addressing perennial problems in philosophy,
I love the Internet, I love technology. You can actually calculate your value at a website called Human For Sale. Human For Sale calculates one’s worth based on an assessment quiz; income level, your education, physical attributes, your appearance, you weight, your athleticism. Plotting these factors in their calculator and, all of a sudden, a number spits out. My value came in at $3.06 million; and my wife quickly hit the sell button. She was pounding that button, “Sell him, Lord.” No, I’m joking. She didn’t do that. It’s the look she gave me, but that’s not what happened.
This is a great a prayer of great contrast; a Pharisee and the tax collector, someone who is marginalized in society as opposed to the religiously righteous. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself, ‘God, I thank you that you have not made me like other people, swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all I get.” In this prayer of the Pharisee, in this dichotomy of a prayer, in another portion of Scripture, it even says the Pharisees would pray, “Thank you God for not making me a woman.” In fact, it went on to say that the women should pray, “Thank you God for making me just as you have seen fit,” that there was a hard line in Jewish understanding of men and women; that women were second-class citizens. The Pharisees, the religious leaders, would even say, “Thank God I’m not like that lower-class citizen.” Cultural context exposing the great dichotomy Jesus is describing.
If something has glory and honor, if it has a sense of dignity and worth, it should be sought after. If you had something of great prize and it was lost, holding a sense of dignity and worth or value, you would search after it. I can remember losing my wedding ring a few times. It doesn’t happen often because I don’t take it off. Wedding rings, obviously they’re a symbol of God’s love, a symbol of the love that a wife has for a husband or a husband has for a wife. Laurie and my wedding rings, I think are particularly special because we designed the jewelry we wear. I remember going through the process and fine tuning the mold that would become my wife’s ring, the placement of the diamonds. One step after another, the jeweler forged the metal, it became hard and set to form. The ring was polished and a very rare beauty came to life as the diamonds were set. A valuable piece of jewelry was forged that day. Not because of the cost os diamonds, not because of the precious metals, but because of all the work that went into constructing it. Value I place in that item goes beyond the physical elements. There’s a long song love story behind the rings that Laurie and I wear on our hands. Our rings are so great in value that, if lost, we would feverously search for them.
We need to re-hone, re-intensify faith. A re-intensified faith accomplishes something great at the table of communion. When we come to the table of communion in full faith that the promise of God will be realized in our life, it’s a moment of covenant contract. We take on God.s covenant. Taking in the blood, taking in the body as a reminder of what He has done for us.