Read Psalm 14:1-3
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!
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
3 But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.
No one does good,
not a single one! (NLT)
A Quaker philosopher called Elton Trueblood once described the greatest danger to our society as the fact that we are a ‘cut flower’ civilisation. Meaning it might look good for a while, it may have its beauty and its appeal, but it will eventually wither and die because it is cut off from its roots.
He was speaking as a Christian believer who reckoned that a personal God of creativity and order is the fountain from which all human creativity and order spring. When we speak of moral values, for example, are we describing chemical reactions in our bodies to certain situations, or are we tapping into something implanted deep in the human psyche?
When we consider the wonders of the created world, are we marvelling at the product of sheer chance or the outworkings of an ordered and creative deity? Even as we come to grips with the very notion of thinking, is it just a neural process in the brain or is there some deeper intelligence above and beyond us?
Christian believers don’t have all the answers. But they do at least believe in a personal God who is ordered and creative and so provides a reasonable basis for thought and action, and a reasonable explanation for why things are as they are.
Those who are otherwise intelligent risk being fools if they blithely dismiss such a possibility. They fail to see that cut flowers, for all their colours, will fade away.