We All Live in a Binary World!
By Steve Clifford


When I look out my window I see a world full of beauty and life. From the smallest grain of sand to the vastness of the galaxies, there seems to be an extraordinary order and discipline to everything. Have you ever wondered how it all happened and why we are here? I have, and my view of the world has changed dramatically as I have started to find answers to these and other questions about the mysteries of life.

I used to believe that life as we know it evolved from eternally-existing "intelligent matter". I concluded that we are simply a higher life form that accidentally climbed out of the "primordial soup" on a blind path of eternal progression. My thinking was primarily influenced by my religious upbringing in Utah. Over the years I have gone through different stages of rationalization about the world and my existence in it, mainly to justify my immoral behavior and to avoid the disturbing thought of perhaps someday having to provide an accounting of my life to a Superior Being. I was quite happy with my selfish life-style and attempted to crush out of my life any disturbing consciousness of the existence of God.

So what changed? Rather than relying on my emotions, I used my intellect and reason to prove to myself that there must exist a Being who is the Prime Mover, the First Efficient Cause, the Necessarily Existent, the Source of All Perfection and the Supreme Intelligence. This Being is called God. Once I was convinced of the existence of God I knew I had an obligation to try to find out what He wanted from me. I felt it was my responsibility to do everything I could to follow His will. My reading and research ultimately lead me to the Roman Catholic Church (your mileage may vary). For a more detailed description of my conversion story, point your browser to http://www.transporter.com/apologia/mormcath.htm

What does all this have to do with a binary world? There is an ancient writing called the "Didache" (the Teaching) which scholars believe was composed sometime in the latter half of the first century. The Didache is broken into two parts. The first (chapters 1-6) is a version of the treatise on the "Two Ways" and the second is concerned with the worship and discipline of an early Christian community. According to the Didache, "There are two Ways: a Way of Life and a Way of Death, and the difference between these two Ways is great. The Way of Life is this: Thou shalt love first the Lord thy Creator, and secondly thy neighbour as thyself; and thou shalt do nothing to any man that thou wouldst not wish to be done to thyself." It goes on to say, "The Way of Death is this. To begin with, it is evil, and in every way fraught with damnation. In it are murders, adulteries, lusts, fornications, thefts, idolatries, witchcraft, sorceries, robberies, perjuries, hypocrisies, duplicities, deceit, pride, malice, self-will, avarice, foul language, jealousy, insolence, arrogance, and boastfulness."

When I read the Didache I immediately recognized which path I had been on for many years. I decided to leave the Way of Death and get on the Way of Life. It has not only changed my personal life in a dramatic way but it has had a tremendous impact on my family and friends as well. My tainted view of despair and sorrow has been replaced with a new view from a clean window to the world full of faith, hope, and love. In this binary world, each of us has the God-given intellect and freewill to choose which path we will follow. I decided to follow the Way of Life and I invite each of you to do the same!

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