Sunday, February 6, 2011
An Undiscovered Faith
Send a plane over an abandoned Transamazonica Highway and the last thing you would expect to see is an indigenous people group. And yet that is exactly what is being reported through these fascinating article and photos released by greenUPGRADER. No contact was made with the tribe on the day of its discovery and it is unclear whether plans of contact are underway. For some, integrating the tribe into the modern day world is a thrilling concept while others staunchly believe that it would destroy them.
While this indigenous tribe lives in ignorance of the world around them, it does not mean that they are ignorant of the presence of an omnipotent God. There are two types of revelation that the scripture informs us of - Special Revelation and General Revelation. One aspect of General Revelation is that nature demands the acknowledgment of a creator. The Psalmist writes that "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." (Psalm 19:1, NIV)
It is possible that at night as the sun rises that the members of this tribe look at the horizon and marvel at the majesty of a creator who could make "fire" burn away the night. They do not follow the teachings of any organized religious body. It is a raw faith that they carry, taught simply by God's creation and without names or religion. It is my hope that someday, this General Revelation that is evidenced through nature will turn into the Special Revelation brought on the tongue of a missionary and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.