SHARING: Pillars, Columns, and the Shear Wall
June 4, 2001

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Dear WPA and Others:

I was thinking today about the term "pillars of truth". While I was pondering this, and speaking with the Lord about it, I wondered aloud if it would be proper to refer to a "pillars of the way" and "pillars of life". At that time, a vision came into my mind from my past.

A decade ago, I was a financial executive, working in a real estate development company. During the construction of a tall building, I was priviledged to carefully examine each phase of the construction. Yes, there were pillars and columns, but I recall standing next to the central shear wall, as it was being constructed. I'm not sure if it is spelled shear wall or sheer wall. We were told how it is constructed of the toughest concrete, yet reinforced with steel, so that it can move with expansion, contraction and the wind. I am told that the World Trade Center in NY sways more than 2 feet, side to side, in a strong wind. This is facillitated by the shear (sheer) wall in the very core of the building. That shear wall provides the main support. It must be incredibly strong, but flexible.

Take out a column or two, and that building will not necessarily collapse, but take out that shear wall, and you collapse the building, for it carries the main load, and it holds everything together.

As I was remembering this, I thought to myself that in the context of Jesus being "the way, the truth and the life", Jesus as my life is like that shear wall, while the way and the truth are more like columns, or pillars.

This is not intended to be presented as a scriptural allegory, or as a biblical teaching, but simply, an interesting parallel from my past experience.

I am simply sharing my thoughts and my views, with respect to what I believe: That Jesus is my life, and he leads me into His way and helps me to divide His truth. These are interrelated, and He IS all three, yet of the three, we must begin with new life in Jesus Christ. You must be born again to see the kingdom of God. It all springs from that new life. In Christ, you are a new creation. All things have become new.

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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