Why some people can’t find God

Jurgen Schulz'12 copyMany question and deny the existence of God. Having investigated and analyzed the subject by scientific means, they have come to the conclusion that such a Being does not in fact exist. He is only a figment of our imagination, a product of superstition.

Could it be that more than intellectual prowess is required to find God? Is it possible that moral factors like honesty and sincerity and humility are also involved? Perhaps there are heart issues that block Him from our sight, that could even make us want to avoid seeing Him.

Jesus had something to say about this. He pointed out that finding God is a matter of the heart. He said that inner clutter obscures God from view, and prevents us from discovering Him. Jesus told us that only certain people would find God—those who are willing to do some house cleaning. Here are His words: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

Many people have a “No Trespassing” sign nailed to their questionable lifestyle. Nobody is to interfere with the way they are running their lives.

And it is little wonder that God is nowhere to be found.

–Jurgen O. Schulz

Suppressing the most valuable stuff

Peter-KreeftBut if you run your life by the scientific method, nothing’s left. Not only do you throw out God, you throw out persons. Science doesn’t know what a person is. If you’re a doctor and you’re operating on a patient, you have to treat that patient as a machine in order to be an efficient doctor. If you think, “That patient has a soul,” or “That patient is my grandmother,” or “That patient is someone I’m in love with,” your hands are going to shake, and you’re going to botch the operation. So you have to deliberately suppress the most valuable stuff in you in order to be an effective surgeon or an effective scientist. That brain is a computer that is not working; let me figure out why. But to take that over into life as such is devastating. But, more or less, our society has done that. And therefore there’s no purpose: “Oh, everybody needs a purpose, but it’s just a fiction. It’s something you make up. It’s not real. It’s not true. It’s just a little game you play with yourself in order to motivate yourself. You’re the donkey and you invent a carrot and you put it on a stick in front of your own head to make you move.” That’s not going to really motivate you.

–Peter Kreeft
The Church and Secularism