This last weekend I received a comment on one of my posts from an individual who likes to infrequently throw a dart my way, to see if I will respond to his query. I have responded in the past and tried to honestly answer his questions but it has proved to be a useless endeavour. He tries to give the impression that he is looking for answers but consistently disqualifies evidence presented as non-applicable due to it’s questionable authenticity. However, if one takes the time to look over the interaction between himself and his followers, it becomes relatively clear that the primary purpose of his blog is to ridicule and demean Christians and their misguided or misplaced faith. I don’t bother responding anymore (I trash his comments) because it serves no purpose other than to detract me from other worthwhile endeavours.
What I found to be truly troublesome when reviewing some of the comments on his blog was the prevalent attitude of superiority with regard to their collective intellectual abilities and an obvious distain for those who persist in adhering to foolish religious faith. If I was to paraphrase the over riding connotation that I perceived when I read them, it would go something like this, “It’s a pity that these poor individuals are so misinformed and do not comprehend the shallowness of their misplaced faith. If they were as well informed as we are, they obviously would abandon their misguided faith in these primitive religious concepts and join our enlightened ranks”. Is it possible that I misread their intent? Yes, it’s possible but I would have a tendency to think it would be highly unlikely.
I’ve mentioned before that if you want to find perspectives that attempt to disprove those who believe in God, Christianity and the Bible, there is no shortage of material. For every statement that is made that attempts to authenticate the basic tenants of our Christian faith, there are counter statements readily available arguing against it. Interestingly enough, there are individuals who have esteemed academic credentials and a much higher intellect than I possess, presenting arguments on both sides of the particular subject being discussed. I’ve always found it interesting how two highly intelligent individuals can become very knowledgeable in a particular area of study and then articulate totally opposite perspectives.
And of course, the list of topics to argue for or against seems to be virtually endless. Everything from the creation of the universe, the origin of life, the complexity of the simple cell and DNA, the history of religion, Judaism, Christianity, the Old and New Testaments and textual criticism, to name but a very few. Not one of these topics is simplistic and all of them have very learned individuals, who can and do argue for their particular pro or con perspective.
So how is it that I and many others “see” what many others also fail to “see”?
I’m pretty sure, based on what we have been exposed to via education, our cultural environment and personal experiences, that we all have pre-suppositions or personal bias about a host of particular subjects. As to whether these pre-suppositions or personal biases that we hold are based on verifiable facts or misinformation can be and are arguably a matter of opinion, based once again, on our prevalent bias on any given subject.
But, years ago, I asked God to show Himself to me and He did. No, not visibly but through a series of events that He orchestrated. That “journey” of discovery began when I was 26 years old and continues to this very day (I am now 74). He has “proved” Himself to me many many times, in ways which could not possibly have happened had He not have been there to guide and bring me closer to Himself.
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
This morning as I was saying my prayers, I was overcome with gratitude that God had indeed revealed Himself to me. The fact that He loved us enough to send us His Son, to show us of Himself and to provide us with the means whereby we could experience His presence, love and guidance was overwhelming. The fact that the Spirit of God dwells within me, guides me and can empower me is simply amazing. The fact that Jesus, God’s only begotten Son walked in our flesh, showed us of the Father and willingly obeyed the Father’s will, even unto death on a wooden cross, so that I and others, who believe, might share in His eternal life that is offered to us through faith, is simply mind boggling.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
How does this reality happen? How does that sense of oneness with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit lift our hearts and spirits to such heights?
Philippians 2:13 :For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Faith in God, trusting in God, facilitates God making it happen. Without faith in God, you’re on your own.
1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
Deny the existence of God, reject His ways and thoughts, disregard the offering of His Son Jesus for our sins and experiencing that oneness with God just isn’t going to happen.
Simplistic? Yes it is. Levels the playing field? Almost to the state of being child like some might say.
Matthew 18:3 “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 “
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!