Monday, January 19, 2009

But what if there is?

Here in the UK a bunch of atheists have scraped together £140,000 to have this slogan plastered on the side of buses,
"THERE'S PROBABLY NO GOD. NOW STOP WORRYING AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE"
What spectacular timing. Oh, I see, we're in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis, unemployment is rising and no one knows quite what to do about it. But don't worry, God probably doesn't exist. We'll have to get through this one all on our own. Very reassuring!

But what if there is a God? What if that God has revealed himself to us in the world that he has made? According to the atheists behind the slogan, the universe is the product of random and impersonal forces. There is no grand meaning or significance to life on our little planet. But what if the heavens declare God's glory and the earth if full of his goodness? What if God has made us for a purpose, that we might know him and experience the reality of his presence in our lives? Yes, we mess things up, and often live as if God did not exist. But what if God loves human beings like us? What if he sent his Son, Jesus Christ into our world to bring us back to him?

Knowing this God as Father means that we don't have to worry. He knows our needs and has promised to provide for all who trust in him. Believing in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ doesn't suck all the enjoyment and pleasure out of life. Not at all. It is God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. In his presence is fullness of joy and at his right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

I can think of a much better slogan,

"THERE IS A GOD OF UNIMAGINABLE GRACE AND LOVE. YOU CAN BECOME HIS CHILD BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. NOW STOP WORRING AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE!"

2 comments:

willohroots said...

So many people calling themselves Christian to are in the "Well there probably is a God.." I am not sure that is faith?

Exiled Preacher said...

Believing on the balance of probability that there is a God is not the same thing as saving faith in the God of the gospel. There is no "probably" in Hebrews 11:6!