Thursday, November 10, 2016
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:18-20(NLT)
It is obvious, for anyone who will put aside personal pride for three seconds, that God is not only real; God is the only rational explanation for everything that exists. But that does not stop many from attempting to rationalize God out of the equation with either flawed logic, or outright, blatant dismissal.
In the flawed logic department, there is the story of a Christian apologist who gave a lecture on creation. At the end of the lecture an atheist posed an alternative view of the earth as being a giant ball, sitting on the back of a huge turtle in space. The apologist asked, well, then upon what is the turtle standing. The atheist declared, why, another turtle, underneath, of course. The Christian pursued: If that’s the case, how many turtles are standing on each other, in empty space, holding up the earth? The atheist smiled and wagged his finger, ah, you can’t trip me up; it’s turtles all the way down!
Down to what? Sooner or later you have to come to the base of any argument. Where is the start? If there is a big bang, who, or what set it off? For every effect, so says science, there is a cause. The cause, the big banger is God, Who is known. And He is known primarily by His fingerprint on His creation.
In the blatant dismissal of God department there are many who follow the primary example of the fallen one, Lucifer. There is little doubt that God exists, it’s just that they don’t like it that God exists, and they simply refuse to either think about God’s prior claim on even their very existence, or they think so much about it they work themselves into a first class fit of anger and defiance.
And therein is the rub – it makes no difference how or why a person dismisses God, we are without excuse.
The very acts of creation require a Creator and the created. jThat presupposes and preconditions the response of the created towards the Creator. In short, we are made by Him, and therefore we are made for His pleasure. Any denial of that is a denial of reality.
And so, the choices are, as ever, serve Him or reject Him, because there is no such thing as ignoring Him.
It is a wise person who makes certain that his or her “serving” God isn’t just religious ritual that is really ignoring Him.