What Are the Odds?

Probabilities

The science of statistics is an area of study that focuses upon the likelihood of certain events and the frequency of certain events. It is a useful area of study, especially for such things as risk assessment or sociology. However, in terms of ratios of odds, many people are not fully appreciative of what certain odds mean.

The Fear of the Lord

A Biblical Expression

In the Bible the expression “fear of the Lord” is used quite often. For instance, in the Proverbs this fear is called “the beginning of knowledge” (1:7, NASU). In describes the particular attitude of a people, such as Abraham’s description of the people of Gerar: “there is no fear of God in this place” (Gen. 19:11). It also describes obedience and choosing to serve God, such as Job when Satan asked, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job 1:9).

Jesus' Final Concern

Impossible Agony

One can only imagine the agony, pain, and hardship endured by Jesus Christ through His scourging and His crucifixion. To hang in the presence of numerous onlookers, slowly asphyxiating as you struggle to bear you own exhausting weight. To realize that, although many onlookers are friends or family full of pity, anguish, and despair, still some onlookers are cynically present to watch an innocent man die, or to see whether He will truly “save Himself” (Mat. 27:41ff).

Living Each Day

A Fatalistic Philosophy

There is a popular philosophy that can be described with the phrase: “live each day like it is your very last.” This philosophy is somewhat fatalistic in approaching the uncertainty of everyday living, but is commonly used to emphasize a positive outlook. By approaching each day in such a way, one is expected to treasure the very best each particular day has to offer.

Life is Fleeting

Alexander the Great

In the account of the life of Alexander the Great recorded by the ancient writer Plutarch, the great exploits of this man are told. One of the first to conquer the “four corners” of the known world at still a young age, a story is told and has become tradition of Alexander’s realization of this accomplishment. It is said that, after looking from the peak of a mountain at the kingdom that was his that stretched for as far as the eye could see, he wept for “there were no more worlds to conquer.”