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DRIVING VERY FAST


In his book "Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life", Pastor Charles Swindoll tells a story about the 19th Century agnostic Thomas Huxley. Some of you might recognize the name Thomas Huxley as a man who promoted Darwinism and Humanism in his attacks on Christianity in Europe in the mid 1800’s. Huxley was in Dublin, Ireland and was rushing to catch a train. He climbed aboard one of Dublin’s famous horse drawn taxis and said to the driver, "Hurry, I’m almost late ... drive fast." The driver did exactly what he was told. Off they went at a furious pace. Huxley sat back in his seat and closed his eyes assured that at this quick pace they would surely get to the train station on time.


But after a few minutes passed, Thomas Huxley sensed something was very wrong. Huxley opened his eyes, glanced out the window and realized that they were going in the opposite direction of the train station. Then he began to wonder, "Did I tell the driver where I wanted to go?" Thinking that perhaps he had not given the driver complete directions, Huxley called out to him, "Do you know where you are going?" To which the driver replied, "No, your honor, I do not. But I am driving very fast!"


This humorous story illustrates the sad plight of the majority of people in today’s society. They are "driving very fast," but they do not know where they are going.


(From a sermon by Allen Calkins, The Significance of the Gospel, 11/24/2009)

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