Monday, July 15, 2002

Edifier du jour-Psalm 14:1
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
Eileen and I have been doing the Psalm and Proverb of the day as of late, and Proverbs 14:26-27 has a good counterpoint
He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
There are any number of areas where the world will lead us astray into fatal thoughts and actions. Without the influence of the Holy Spirit, believers would lead shorter, poorer lives, let alone the ultimate death of a eternity separated from God. While we can and will argue the how and when of creation, the who is settled in the polls; the vast majority of people has a loose understanding that God created the universe. Most of those don't really know Him, but the long-shot nature of the universe coming out "just right" to produce intelligent life will convince many intelligent scientists to think that some intelligence force was behind it. However, some continue to hold dear to the denial of God. In many scientific and intellectual circles, the mocking of the idea of God is a art-form. Bashing Genesis 1 and the idea that a supposedly good God would create a flawed universe full of evil are the two points that mark the modern intellectual skeptic. However, the idea of the Big Bang and the Anthropic Principle (the "just right" idea listed above) makes a First Cause (a.k.a. a generic God) the easiest answer to swallow. Secular scientist have to work at some very funky cosmologies with infinite numbers of Big Bangs and contractions. However, Joe Citizen can just claim that God did it and let the scientists fight over the details. The second problem, what the theologians call theodicy, is why God allows sin and evil to exist. Here's my take from March. The agnostic/atheist wonders why such a loving God would allow all people to suffer some and some to be condemned to Hell. The flip side to the questions is that He does want fellowship with us, at least some of us. The number of extra-natural actions that can not be explained (a.k.a. miracles) help to point to the fact that God exists and that he does take sides. The ultimate miracle was the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, a life better documented than that of any Caesar. You can try to make infinite numbers of universes and make Jesus just a good teacher, but that is a fool's errand.

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