insanitybytes22 has written a post on a difficult subject. I don’t think it is entirely correct, but it is close, and it is very interesting.
How do I think it is wrong? I think that it is reason that brings us to Jesus Christ. Our heart keeps us close to Him and obedient to Him.
Why do I make this distinction? It is not enough to believe in God. When he explained why faith without works is dead, James put it this way.
James 2:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
If we don’t love God enough to obey Him, our belief in Him does not matter. Belief in God is not the same as faith in God.
What does not loving God look like for us? What is the problem that an Atheist must deal with? An Atheist does not want to obey God. However, not obeying is irrational, and an Atheist knows that. So they deny God’s existence. Denying God’s existence is also irrational, but disobeying our Creator is simply untenable unless you have convinced yourself He does not exist. Whereas demons know without doubt God exist, we can doubt. What the demons demonstrate is that it is possible to know God exists and still not love Him.
When we speak of science we speak cause and effect, and we use scientific methods to model the relationship between cause and effect. Believing in God is not a scientific exercise. There is logic involved, but there is no way to model God or what He does. Unlike demons, we cannot detect God directly. We can only model the behavior of — the characteristics of — what He has created. Creation points back to God.
So why should we believe in God, the God of Abraham, Issacs, and Jacob? Why should we believe in Jesus? We know He existed. We have reliable testimony of what He did. We can see the changes He has wrought, even those He had made — is making — in us.
Why should we obey God — love Him. Because His wisdom is infinite, and He loves us. The problem is that we must have the humility to lean upon His understanding instead of our own.
Check out MJThompson’s comment. He helps
insanitybytes22 to clarify an important point.
“Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid” That’s a great meme, isn’t it? It’s often attributed to the Duke, mostly because it sounds like something John Wayne would say. The problem being, he never said it. Nor did any of the characters he played. Odds are pretty good, he didn’t even believe it, although it’s too late to ask him.
Not only did John Wayne not say it, it isn’t even true. I mean, in a subjective world were truth is somewhat relative, who am I to suggest such a thing might be false? What if you just self identify as one of the smart people who really knows how to do life, unlike all the other midwits out there who are not quite as bright as you??
Heaven forbid I ever suggest that just might be pride speaking, rather then intelligence? My bad, whispering such things is…
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