I have noticed that whenever a person gives up his belief in the Word of God because it requires that he should believe a good deal, his unbelief requires him to believe a great deal more. If there be any difficulties in the faith of Christ, they are not one-tenth as great as the absurdities in any system of unbelief which seeks to take its place.
I would rather live my life as though
there is a God and die to find out that
there isn’t, than to live my life as though
there is no God and die to find out there is. –Dag Hammarskjold Former Secretary-General of the UN
God exists whether or not men may choose to believe in Him. The reason why many people do not believe in God is not so much that it is intellectually impossible to believe in God, but because belief in God forces that thoughtful person to face the fact that he is accountable to such a God.
One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.
A little boy got his hand stuck in a vase. It was no ordinary vase. It was a family heirloom and was very valuable. But little boys do not understand such things and this boy’s hand was in it. Try as she could, his mother could not free the imprisoned hand. When the father came home the little fellow was still walking around with a vase on his hand. The father made an attempt to pry the jar loose, the neighbours came to help, but no one could get the hand out of the vase.
Finally they realized that the only thing left to do was to smash the precious heirloom. When they did, they noticed that the little fellow’s hand was clenched into a fist, and in the middle of his fist was a penny. He had spied the penny on the bottom of the vase, had taken hold of it, and would not let it go.
Many an unbeliever is similarly stuck in unbelief. He resists believing in God. However, the issue is not that the opening of faith is too small. The real problem lies elsewhere. The person is holding on to something. It may be the pleasures of sin, or the profits of illicit gain—but he doesn’t want to let it go.
This individual protests loudly against faith in God. He recommends breaking the vase of belief.
But it’s a smokescreen. It doesn’t address the real issue. Answers may help, but the root problem is not intellectual—it’s moral.