If There Is A God

God doesn’t exist. How could a righteous God exist with all of the war, sickness, death, oppression, and poverty that exists in the world? The truth is that life is meaningless. It is senseless without any substantial rhyme or reason. No purpose.

But, wait! If this is the case, where did I get my sense of what is righteous and just in relation to what is crooked and unfair? If life was really meaningless and senseless, we shouldn’t notice because, without meaning and sense, how would we have any idea of meaning and sense is?

This brings me back to a point that I’ve made several times before. If there really isn’t a God, then why do we have atheists? If I am an atheist, why am I taking an intentionally defensive stance against something that isn’t really there to defend against?

Why do people do good things for others, but, then refuse payment for their good deeds? You may say that they did it to make themselves feel good. But, if that is so, why does it make them feel good?

The fact that we are bothered by injustice indicates that justice exists. A standard exists by which we compare what is right and what is not.

What is left, then, is to come to grips with the existence of injustice. I don’t have a magic bullet answer, but, at the same time, in my own experience I have found greater peace and meaning in my life by experiencing difficulties.

God is love and His nature is revealed in James 1:27 where the bible says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” It is likely that the pain so evident in the world now is consequentially related, through a spider web of chain reactions, to humanistic tendencies manifested in the earliest history of man on earth.

We don’t have all of the answers right now, but, He does. He is the source of the justice that flickers like a moral pilot light in us and He will prevail. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know that it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.”
-C.S. Lewis

9 thoughts on “If There Is A God

  1. So….?

    GraceMark’s response: Thanks for flagging my post. I had left some loose ends untied, but, have since edited the post. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Have you considered that maybe man brought it on his/her self all the calamity that they go through, all the pain sickness and war? You see our God is a Holy God and a jealous God and He is Judge of all. Read if you will Ezekiel or Daniel or even Acts and Romans and you will see that God is a Judge of man and sometimes the judge decides to punish a stubborn stiff neck people who refuse to listen to His Holy Words. At the same time remember Gods mercy and grace, John 3:16 says God provided a way for us all, He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. A living sacrifice. Judgment day is coming again are you ready?

    GraceMark’s response: Thanks for visiting and I do believe that there is a connection to man’s sinfulness. But, because of our finite minds, in relation to the infinite mind of God, we have very little hope of being able to connect all the dots between our selfish actions and the consequences which could ripple on for years. Our only hope is, once we’ve realized our predicament, to realize our brokenness and, as you said, accept the invitation that God has graciously provided.

  3. GraceMark: Check this out:
    How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?

    GraceMark’s Response: I will certainly add it to my reading list. I’ve got a bad habit of having 2 or 3 books at once going, so, I don’t ever seem to make a lot of progress in any of them, but, it certainly sounds like it is worth a read. Right now my main course is C.S. Lewis’s MERE CHRISTIANITY with a little bit of ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn and THE WISDOM OF TENDERNESS by Brennan Manning on the side. Thanks for visiting.

  4. That was a link back to my blog where I am shamelessly promoting a new apologetic: The Reason for God by Tim Keller. Apparently, you can’t put links in comments. So you’ll just have to google it.

  5. Isn’t Lewis amazing. Great stuff.

    GraceMark’s response: Pete – thanks for stopping by. I’m just starting to delve into Lewis’s theological writings after learning about him through frequent listening to Dick Staub’s “Kindling’s Muse” podcast. I’m very excited about what I’ve read so far, though. I am currently in the middle of MERE CHRISTIANITY.

  6. I read Lewis prodigously in my 20s (so long ago I forgot what I read), then the Narnia stories in my 30s. I got onto Brennan Manning more recently and enjoy his realness and focus on JESUS. Larry Crabb’s recent books have been very helpful, too.

    Response: Manning was extremely instrumental in my journey back to Abba. THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL and RUTHLESS TRUST propelled me back. I was later strengthened further through ABBA’S CHILD, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING FOOLISH, and seeing him speak and meeting him at a two day retreat in Savannah, GA just about one year ago. DEVOTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS is on the breakfast table every morning.

  7. Pingback: MEANDERS- “If There Is A God” « Zach’s Outlook On Life

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