“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so, I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”
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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 53)
For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.
1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on God.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
you put them to shame, for God despised them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
Time for a Great Cartoon! (no snow – atheist!)
For Calvin, all it takes for him to consider becoming an atheist is for God not to give him snow (so he can miss school). I doubt anyone who has become an atheist (or a Christian, for that matter) has done so out of purely logical considerations. Disappointments can lead one either into a life of faith or unbelief.
The God of the Bible will be no one’s genie. He does not send snow when we demand it, nor answer our prayers as we would prefer. Life is filled with forks in the road which lead us either to unbelief or to confident faith. When we don’t choose the latter, we should throw a Calvin-like temper tantrum — at ourselves!
CARTOON MONDAY! Quite a gamble!
This summer I’ll be working on a book tentatively entitled Twelve Atheists Who Trusted Christ. Here’s a cartoon that illustrates the attitude of some when it comes to belief in God.
1. What do you find alarming about this cartoon?
2. What would you say to this couple if you met them after the church service?
WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?
Sorry I haven’t posted recently. Life has become very busy. Perhaps you can identify!
I hope to add regular posts to this blog, and thought I’d take this morning to share one project that I have going.
I have a book contract to write on the subject “Twelve Atheists Who Have Trusted Christ.” Christian Focus Publishers in Scotland is the publisher (they have done several of my books: “DocTalk,” “DocWalk,” “The Other Side of the Good News”). I’m quite excited about this new project. Allow me to explain it to you.
“Twelve Atheists” will deal with five N. American and five Continental atheists who have come to Christ. The book will begin with a chapter entitled: “C.S. Lewis: Mere Atheist.” I’m looking forward to researching this period in Lewis’ pre-Christian life and am very open to input from any of you who might know of some books or articles that I need to consult.
After chapters 2-11 (which will give the stories of a wide variety of former atheists), the last chapter will be entitled something like: “The Twelfth Atheist: You?” This chapter will summarize the reasons to abandon atheism and will seek to present the gospel.
Comments welcome! Have a great day!