Among my favorite Bible passages, and an ongoing inspiration to my Bell Mountain novels, is I Corinthians 1: 17-31. Let me share an excerpt from it:
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent…
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are…”
The mighty enterprise of humanism and unbelief, which exalts evil and devalues good, which advertises itself as the means to establish paradise on earth while all the time creating hell, to which virtually the entire ruling class of the Western world subscribes–this great ship of wickedness and folly has already sprung a multitude of tiny leaks which go undetected by the wise, but will nevertheless sink it as surely as the iceberg sank the Titanic.
In spite of himself, atheist pinhead H.G. Wells delivered this message in his The War of the Worlds, in which the irresistible Martian invasion was undone, brought utterly to nothing, by the puniest and least noticeable forms of life on earth–ordinary germs and microbes. As a parable or fable, Wells’ novel brilliantly restates the lesson taught in I Corinthians 1.
As does the historical fact that when God wished to save the world, He sent not armies of angels, but a single baby in a manger: who died not as an armed conqueror, but as a victim on a cross. And now lives.
Yes, it’s foolishness, all right. And it, O unbelieving world, will swallow your worldly wisdom whole.