We ought to admit that, to the secularist, our Christian faith looks pretty silly. To talk to a God whom no one ever sees; to trust in a working-class Jew who was put to death on a cross some 2,000 years ago, and to claim that he’s the Son of God, and our salvation–yes, we admit it. We sound like pretty silly people.
But we can say this in our defense.
If our beliefs are silly, what secularists believe is uproariously, gigantically, rolling-on-the-floor-with-tears-in-your-eyes preposterous. We think God will save us. But they think they will save us!
Yes, the world’s smart people, by means of their idols, government and science, will save use. (They create these things themselves, and then they worship them.) Sinful, mortal human beings, acting on imperfect and incomplete information filtered through patched-up screens of wishful thinking, prejudice, fear, personal pique, weariness, hubris and hope, will transform this fallen world into a paradise–if only they’re given unlimited financing and unrestricted power.
Sorry–but it really does take an awful lot more faith to believe in that than it does to believe in God.