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.
9 comments on “The Difference Between Us”
So true, what you say about the pathetic dreams of the lost. This country has gone so far into idolatry that it has led to socialism. Remember the account of the seven years of good harvest in Egypt, followed by the seven years of famine? See the progression of events, when the famine came? Joseph collected all their money, all their land, their animals, and finally, he made slaves of the people when Pharaoh had gathered it all. Pure socialism. God gave them what they deserved. He has not changed.
I also remember Nasser destroying the Nile’s power to fertilize Egypt every year, but putting up the Aswan High Dam–thus instantly turning a food-exporting country into a country that had to import food or starve. Another triumph for the world’s smartest people!
Most insightful, and one of your best
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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Cor 1:18
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. I Cor 3:19
I Corinthians Chapter 1, by the way, is one of the major inspirations for my Bell Mountain books.
Anything can be made to sound silly. For instance, evolution is the belief that there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything, and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits which then turned into humans. From the goo, to the zoo, to you. That sounds pretty silly too.
They are all idiots – Obama being the chief jester.
His jokes aren’t funny, though.