WHAT IF? (Part 2)

“The fool has said in his heart there is no God” (Psalms 14:1 and 53:1). Twice David in the Psalms describes the person who says their is no God as a fool and David is well placed to say it.

David, a shepherd boy from a large and poor family; from a small town in a very small country. Yet from this very unspectacular background David became an anointed minstrel and psalmist whose playing brought great relief to a depressed and possessed king; became a notable warrior on behalf of his people, who as a young man, took on and publicly defeated a giant and in the process humiliated an army; a beloved king whose popularity was undiminished to the very end. Most leaders according to modern historians and commentators end in failure.

David, a prophet of great distinction such that in the midst of a psalm predicts things concerning the Messiah and concerning the nation of Israel, the church and the end of the world. David was so anointed as prophet that he would prophesy on the battlefield no wonder Jesus is referred to as a son of David and God spoke of him as a man after His own heart. David even appeared before God as a priest and did not violate the the order of God.

Whenever David could, he would tell and keep retelling the story of his humble beginning and gave the credit to God.

The problem many have today lies in their sense of education and the increase in knowledge. Atheism began with what they themselves termed “the enlightenment”. A European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries which emphasised reason and individualism.

Today, it is very fashionable for public figures, university professors and even politicians to describe themselves as atheist and their opinions are readily sought and offered which is affecting the younger generation. What if they are wrong? Jesus in one of his many parables spoke about a rich fool who amassed a fortune in his life time but did not take time to seek God.

Now in hell, according to the parable, the rich man is conscious of his surroundings and asks for help but is told this was no longer possible. In the end he pleads for a message to be taken to his brothers on earth warning them of the dangers of hell.

I have been a Christian for most of my life, indeed from a teenager. My family were not Christians not even church goers so my becoming a Christian was not based on family but it was a call of God. But the call still required me turning to God in the form of prayer and the Bible. Scientists spend many years in laboratories looking through microscopes and carrying out experiments so for me to get to know God requires some commitment on my part.

Accepting the call was the best single decision I made then and it remains so. Every good thing I have experienced is because of my faith in Jesus Christ so I, like the angry mob at the time of His crucifixion, “find no fault with him”.

So, what If there is no God? Then I have lost nothing but gained a great deal. It has made me a better person, it has brought great peace and happiness to my life. It has made me forgive, pursued peace and helped others. The truth of the matter is God to me is more than faith in that my faith has produced infallible proofs. Thomas needed evidence that Jesus was alive after witnessing the crucifixion and got it. It takes faith to come to God and in my every day life I must have faith but my belief in God is no longer based on faith.

What if the atheist is wrong? Then that’s the million dollar question. A wise person builds upon a sure foundation and does so ahead of time. A wise farmer sows seeds in Spring in anticipation for Summer and harvest time.

A child who is brought up in care and who has never known his or her biological parents will never accept they don’t have parents. Don’t let anyone tell you that there is creation but no creator.

Take some time today or soon and talk to God but do so in the name of Jesus and give him a chance to answer you. “Wise men seek God”.

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The Lord’s servant.

Lloyd Denny