Belief in God
Posted: Saturday, July 18
1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34
Verse of the day:
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”… (Psalm 14:1)
There’s lots of reasons why it’s foolish to believe there is no God; to state with certainty a fact that you simply cannot know. It’s equally foolish to live as if God were absent. To believe that God exists, but refuse to listen to God’s voice and simply live the way we want to live.
Atheists consider themselves utterly rational, sensible people who follow the evidence wherever it leads. In reality, atheism is no more objective than faith. There are motives to believing that there is no God; to believe that you answer to no one on how you live your life.
We tend to think of foolishness lightheartedly; that there’s no collateral damage from what we choose to believe. I think of one individual who had one powerful encounter with God after another and experienced a complete transformation of their life. Addictions broken, emotional healing, new relationships and the very evident favor of God in school and work. But sitting in a philosophy class for a semester made him renounce everything that he had experienced. He discovered that God didn’t exist, and shortly after that stopped attending church, even though I let him know that we would always be a friend to them and that they were always welcome here. His life has gone down a very dark path to the point that he has considered suicide on multiple occasions. When I spoke to him recently, he admitted that everything in his life was much better when he believed in God, but he just can’t bring himself to believe again. I pray for this individual often.
When we walk away from God, we experience the pain and carnage of this foolishness. Belief in God is not just rational; it works.