in God’s defense

2871522290_6ebf9c0fdf_b1You think you are too intelligent to believe in God. I am not like you. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Scholar I am not, layman I am—but this stuff isn’t rocket science really.  A first-grader can believe in God with no indoctrination.  One doesn’t have to own a telescope to see God’s fingerprints out her back window as she sits with her morning coffee on a snowy December day.

But she does need to look.   

What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. Oh, look—the deep, wide sea, brimming with fish past counting, sardines and sharks and salmon. Ships plow those waters, and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them. All the creatures look expectantly to you to give them their meals on time. You come, and they gather around; you open your hand and they eat from it. If you turned your back, they’d die in a minute—Take back your Spirit and they die, revert to original mud; Send out your Spirit and they spring to life— the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.   -Psalm 104:24-30, The Message Bible

If you had an imaginary frog named Hermit and I kept talking and talking about your imaginary frog, one might get to wondering if I secretly believed in your made up frog with my carrying on and all.   And it would certainly raise questions if I continued to remain angry about your trusting in such a frog—questions such as—What do I have that’s so much better than your invisible frog?  If I am constantly attacking you for taking refuge in something that I think is a crock of crocodile droppings—doesn’t that incriminate me?  If I have no peace and only despair, is there a possibility that I might be in the dark?   

Remain an atheist, a nontheist, or an agnostic—that is your prerogative.  Not even God Almighty is stopping you from exercising your freedom—so why would I try?  If there is such a crazy thing as God—he certainly can fend for himself.  Go ahead and chalk one more up for the non-existence of God if you like. 

I mean, if God’s not rushing to his own defense he can’t possibly be real you know.   If God won’t prove his own existence he certainly can’t be expecting me to take up the task.  If God won’t come down and challenge his critics and opponents, then he must not be intimidated by them.  If God allows someone to thank slime for their existence and shun him, why should I take up his case?  He must know something I don’t.

A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere–‘Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,’ as Herbert says, ‘fine nets and stratagems.’ God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.  -C.S. Lewis

Here’s a proposition: God doesn’t need to do anything, he’s done more than enough. 

And if you have the guts to take on God, I dare you—best wishes. 

You might just lose, but it could serve to be the loss of your lifetime.

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