Cogito, ergo, sum.

There is a people group in Namibia called the Himba tribe. They have an interesting approach to birthdays, they don’t celebrate the day you were born but when you were first thought of in the mother’s mind. When a woman in this tribe wants to have a child, she will go to a quiet place and find the song of the child to come. This song will accompany the baby though every stage of its life, though adolescence, marriage, triumphs and disasters until death as it’s song is sung to them by the tribe.

The bible tells us that before we are born God thought of us (Psalm 139). As God has no beginning, so the thought of us has no beginning. If you take the theme of the Himba Tribe, we have no beginning if we exist as long someone (God) has thought of us.

To day our visiting pastor is Trevor Watson, he is a good friend of mine from childhood. In fact his family roots are from Sixmilecross. During his message today he took out a length of rope of about 10 meters. One end of it was taped off, about 6 inches long. He used it to illustrate the length of our time on earth compared to our time in eternity. The short 6 inches (or time on earth) looks very little compare to rest of the 10 meters (eternity) of rope.

The question then must be, what is the purpose of our existence? The early church fathers answered the question like this.

Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

To find joy on earth is to find eternal peace with God.

Cogito, ergo sum is a Latin philosophical proposition, meaning “I think, therefore I am”   The reality is, Deus est , ergo sum, meaning “God is, therefore I am”