the donkey

December 27, 2016

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God tells us, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14: 1, 53: 1). Apart from the terrible eternal consequences of unbelief, the clear, comprehensive, and compelling nature of the evidence renders all unbelief blameworthy and foolish. I can remember one particular encounter with an unbelieving friend in a beautiful backyard garden, complete with flowers, trees, sunshine, and food on the grill. As we spoke, using the mind and reasoning God gave us, breathing the air God created, in an amazing body He formed in the womb for us, in a beautiful setting where the creative genius of God was most pointedly displayed, my friend challenged me to provide evidence for God’s existence. And so it is with all unbelievers. They breathe and see the trees bending in the wind and ask for evidence of air. Where in the universe does evidence for God not exist?

 

Unbelief is sin and reveals a heart in need of repentance and faith because it is a choice of the will contrary to the evidence. To the extent that unbelief arises from a lack of evidence, it would be reasonable and innocent. The blame for unbelief would lie with God’s inadequate provision of evidence and not the unbelieving response in the heart of the unbeliever. However, Scripture clearly teaches that the responsibility and guilt of unbelief lies with the unbeliever’s rejection of the truth from hostility toward God and dislike of the implications of His existence and demands on their life. Therefore, all arguments for the existence of God, like the evidence of God that constantly surrounds the unbeliever at all times, will be viewed in a manner that justifies unbelief. And while belief in the specifics of the Gospel of Christ requires the special revelation of Scripture, the rebel’s unwillingness to worship, give thanks, or actively pursue a right relationship with God is willful and blameworthy. Unbelievers know better, despite their objections to the contrary.

It follows, then, that how one views and interprets God and His universe are moral issues, determined by one’s nature. Believers love the display of God’s power and genius in His world and gladly accept the implications of our dependence on God in all things. Unbelievers, however, wrongly suppress the evidence of God and His truth in Scripture from hostility toward God. The desire to be one’s own authority and independent from God prevails in the heart of unbelief. The marks of God’s genius and lordship in the universe continually call this evil desire to account, reminding would-be-independent sinners of their responsibility before God and their crime of ignoring Him. Yet, “Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1: 32).

Don’t get frustrated in witnessing and having no results, there is an eternal result each time you share, you may not see it, but it is happening in their heart, and not always in ways we understand, but in the cosmic scheme of God’s plan it is happening. Be bold, be brave.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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