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Unknown Peril in Culture

In Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer tells of his harrowing experience climbing Mt. Everest. On May 10, 1996, Krakauer made it to the top. He paused only for a few minutes before heading down, his muscles exhausted, his limbs frozen, and his brain oxygen-deprived. As he descended, some clouds drifted up and enveloped him. Soon, thunder, lightning, and a snow storm threatened to disorient him, but he was close enough to base camp number 4 to get to the sheltering tents before the full force of the storm hit.

Four climbers arrived at the summit shortly before Jon and did not have time to get to the camp before darkness. The storm caused them to lose their way. Exhausted and lost, they simply lay down to wait out the night. When they awoke in the morning, they found they had lain down just one step from the 4,000 foot precipice of the South Wall. They had slept the night on the edge of a cliff in the middle of a snowstorm.

Our culture can disorient us with the winds of relativism and the darkness of unbelief. Many people are unaware that they sleep on the edge of disaster. The light of the gospel reveals our position and points the way to safety.

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