“Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid…”

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.
=> https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/life-is-hard-its-harder-if-youre-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-68320

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“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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14 thoughts on ““Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid…”

  1. Thanks for this post Tom and for pointing towards IB’s on this interesting topic. I don’t have much to add to on top of what’s been said here. Only that I don’t think disobedience necessarily means disbelief in God in all cases. Some, perhaps many for sure, but not all.

  2. LOL! You guys are quite charming and I really appreciate your kind words. Not only is Tom invited to disagree with me more often, I’ll be quite delighted when He does. 🙂

    In a way that is exactly what our Lord is like, too. He invites us, “come let us reason together.” and then because you know that He is God, it is quite reason based to listen to Him. However, it is actually love that makes you set aside your own reason, and ask how to simply step into His.

    Many things in our faith require well, a leap of faith.Trust perhaps. Einstein once said, “you can believe everything is a miracle or else nothing is.” Miracles are one of those things that defy our ability to reason,they throw a wrench in the odds.

    1. @IB

      Since everything was made from nothing, everything is miraculous.

      There is beauty in everything. Even a sewage treatment plant can be fascinating and beautiful. The stench is obvious. The health hazard is too. Nevertheless, there is life even in the sludge, organisms working diligently to clean the water and destroy the pathogens. Under the guidance of its maker, nature itself constantly strives for a pristine and pure state.

  3. I like you way you do not shy away from disagreement ctom, without resulting in making another to appear as somewhat lesser. Heck, we are all lesser. 😉 Lots to be said here by way of believers who have differing points of view regarding things subject to interpretation, yet leaving untouched the fundamentals of the faith in which there can be no compromise. Seems to me the essence of fellowship.

    If I can add one thing as to ‘reason,’ it would be the idea that when the Lord says ‘Come now let us reason together……..’ we must ultimately see that it is HIS point of view which is paramount, and not ours. I’m pretty sure this is where the good lady (ib22) always and consistently comes from, that our understanding is subject to failure, so we ‘lean’ so to speak.

    So if I read that passage correctly about ‘reasoning together,’ I have to end up with the only plausible reply: Lord, YOUR reasoning is enough, and I need to bow to your reasonings, even if I do not understand how or why. I think this is also the safe route regarding science and the scriptures. God said in Genesis that there are ‘fountains’ of the great deep, and it has been recently discovered that this is in fact true. So for thousands of years, men may have had no understanding as to what is below, nevertheless, it is REASONABLE to suggest God knows what He talking about, and of course He does. Amazing how technology always agrees with scripture.

    Worth repeating: (I paraphrase) ‘come now, let us reason together,’ that is, ‘Come see things from the correct point of view, from Heavens, from MINE (GOD) where abides perfect judgment of all things, and you will then be in a better position to see that YOUR reasonings fall short.’

    And of course the context for that was sins being as scarlet, but then being whiter than snow. The contrast of that red against white snow pretty much paints a nice picture of God’s reasoning against ours.

    PS- the devil believes in God, and trembles……….. that’s a loaded topic, but tks for including it.

    1. @ColorStorm

      IB is one of best. I enjoyed her post. None of us entirely agree with anyone, but we should always value those who help us perceive what we otherwise might miss. I hope the fact I value the posts of others, IB’s in this case, comes across.

      Thank you for your own blog and comments. Had not heard about the discovery of the fountains of the great deep being discovered until you mentioned it on your blog.

  4. Thanks for the reblog Tom, much appreciated.

    Is it really reason that brings us to Jesus Christ? I remain uncertain. I think it is something more akin to dependence, desperation, or even falling in love. Of course, I can’t quite disagree with you, because we are whole people, so our emotion and our reason tend to work in tandem somewhat.

    Another thing that jumped out at me, you’re doing what many guys do and kind of equating “love” with “obedience.” Obedience is more of an action word, a tangible response to love.I can’t even really disagree with that because obedience can be an aspect of love, a part of it. Just the same, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” So even in the absence of obedience, love exists.

    I really like what John said here, “There is no need to prove it scientifically because Science deals with a material world and its precepts…” Science is wonderful,it’s not in conflict with our faith at all, but it addresses the material and the physical. Our faith is not just material and physical, it is also spiritual and emotional.

    1. @IB

      Language isn’t always adequate to convey our thoughts. I say reason brings us to God because we cannot have faith in Him if we do not know of Him. Yet it makes no difference if we know of Him if we do not love Him. So I concede you have a point.

  5. (1) Romans 1:20 King James Version (KJV)
    20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: —– and why should we obey and love God? (2) Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
    Deuteronomy 5:33 | KJV —– We can detect God directly and the believers do it every day because Jesus is always with us and never leaves us — We know Him and are known by Him …. the believers hear His voice and shall not follow another and only the fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

      1. There is no need to prove it scientifically because Science deals with a material world and its precepts — a material world that is fading away — a material world that will no longer exist someday — a material world that will no longer be of any value to the Redeemed of The Lord …. a material world that will not be of any significance to those who end up in Hell — Science belongs to the present temporary, transient world –“Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV)
        11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” — The Believer need not be overly concerned with Science as the world interprets it because there is a higher science, “The Science (If you choose to think of it in that way) of learning to know, love and serve God — and we need not prove God because He is inherently known somewhere inside of everything and everyone that has life and has been created — and trying to prove God scientifically can lead to doubtful disputations which are of no practical value to anybody — Titus Chapter 3 —– 9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. —– Romans 8:7 – Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. —– Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s (Scientific questions and disputations) and unto God that which is God’s (The soul, praise, honor, glory and worship and due diligence in attentiveness and striving for perfect obedience. —- And so what things should we think on? —- Philippians 4:8 King James Version (KJV) — 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

        1. @John

          Don’t disagree, but here are a few more thoughts.

          Science is a subset of our knowledge. It is a technique for understanding the rules where by God’s Creation operates. There isn’t anything wrong with science. Since it involves studying what God has created, the profession of science, when done for the glory of God, can be a very noble pursuit. However, God can change the rules. They don’t even apply to Him.

          Philosophy is the whole of our knowledge. Since the rules of logic are what allow us to make sense of what our senses perceive, we usually associate philosophy with logic.

          Theology is the study of God. A good theologician will tell you that theology requires the application of logic and reason. A believing theologician will tell you that theology also requires humility.

          Do we have the capacity to sense God in ways that science cannot explain? It would seem so, but that is something theologicians can consider whereas it would not be particularly useful for scientists to bother with.

          1. You are right, you are correct: Science is a gift from God for the benefit of Mankind and Medicine is a gift of God for the benefit of Mankind and —
            James 1:17 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
            17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. — Science and Medicine are obviously two of these gifts.

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