Belief and unbelief - Hope 103.2

Belief and unbelief

By David ReayWednesday 30 Sep 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Psalm 14:1

1          Only fools say in their hearts,
               “There is no God.”
            They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
               not one of them does good! (NLT)

We live in an age where atheism is regarded as a sign of intellectual depth. The believers are labelled as bigots or intellectual cripples who need a crutch. The unbelievers are seen as those who have bravely ventured into the new world of principled enlightenment.

Our text seems to suggest otherwise. One reason why atheism is so foolish is that it is so arrogant. It denounces what it sees as the arrogance of Christian truth claims and at the same time arrogantly assumes to know all there is to know about the universe. To be a thorough-going atheist is to categorically rule out the existence of God. And atheists reckon Christians are dogmatic!

Unbelief can actually be an easy and lazy option. It requires a lot more intellectual rigour and whole-of-life engagement to be a believer. Believers wrestle with the big questions of life and death, and those with any integrity at all realise they don’t have all the answers. Unbelievers have it easier as they have written God out of the action.

And of course we recall that many of the great minds of history were devout believers. They were no fools. In the end, while believers haven’t got all the answers and while they don’t always live out their beliefs, there is nothing to be ashamed of in embracing Christian belief. We have in fact chosen wisdom over foolishness.

David Reay