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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Why the Person Who Says There Is No God Is a Fool

I used to think that God was like a bus. He came at an appointed time. You missed the bus if you weren't at the stop or you refused to get on. He may come by a few more times but you never really knew which time was the last opportunity to get on the bus. I realize that I was wrong.

God has placed within all of His creation a yearning for Him. We search for what we believe to be at the end of this yearning. We may substitute something else for it. We may try to fill it with money, pride, possessions, sensual encounters or even personal accomplishments but our hearts know that we are lying to ourselves. It is like taking the wrong jigsaw puzzle piece and trying to make it fit. We can cram it in but we know it really doesn't fit.

It is foolish to believe you have something when you know you really don't. It is foolish to pretend to others that you have something when you don't. It is foolish to deny something exists because you simply don't want to believe it. It is foolish because the heart yearns for its filling. The denial of this filling is a daily task.

I believe this is why so many atheists speak of religion more than religious people. They are constantly trying to prove that the yearning in their hearts is already full. They are more religious about their atheism than most religious folks too. They will turn to ridicule and anger in a heartbeat when you discuss their atheism because you are challenging their religion.

God is not like a bus. He is more like oxygen. We can hold our breaths and say that we don't need it but He is always there if we are ready to take a breath. Some people are amazing in how long they can hold their breaths. Yet, it is foolishness to deny yourself something that you truly need when filling this need will not only change you but all of those around you. It is like starving yourself so that you can't go to the fields to plant the seeds that will produce the food for the village. Once you have eaten, you can feed others.

I pity the person who denies God all their lives. Their foolishness will not last forever. They will realize what they have done too late. They will stand one day to say that they knew but denied what they knew. That is, indeed, foolishness.

Psalm 14:1 (ESV)
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

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