Monday, May 5, 2008

The Audacity To Argue With God

I have never been accused of being an overtly religious man, though I was raised with the basic tenets of a belief in God and His creation. I have defended His existence in the face of psuedo-science and have been called upon to provide concrete proof that He does exist at all. The proof is all around us everyday if one would only see, but to put it on paper in a mathematical calculation is impossible, to be sure.

Like any good attorney can no more prove the innocence of his client to a skeptical jury, neither can one prove either of the theories of God. He cannot be proved nor dis-proved.

There are many layers of trust that go into both ends of the theological spectrum, both from deep crimson to light purple. One side argues that only a God could have created all that we know while the other claims it all to be some great cosmic accident which we were fortunate enough to stumble upon. What atheists and agnostics fail to comprehend is the question that believers inevitably ask; where did we come from, and how did we "stumble upon anything" if there was once nothing?

Where we have gone horribly wrong has to do with the day when Men began to feel independent enough to leave God's nest and fly on their own. Certainly we have always been given that freedom from God, and we have tested the tethers for ages, but now we've gotten to the "ungrateful teenager" stage in our history. Suddenly, like rebellious youths, we not only feel that we know better than the Father, but we have made the audacious leap to denial of His existance. He's become irrelevant, at least to some.

All I can picture is some self-righteous Liberal standing nose-to-nose with God on his Judgement Day, arguing over his "bed-time" moments before being smitten for his insolence and being denied forever the cozy resting place he once took for granted. I, for one, have never bought into the smug comfort that non-believers have projected. The claim that they know they will languish in a dark hole and yet don't care. Or the claim that they are just "a-okay" with ceasing to exist, for eternity. There may be some hard-core anti-God people out there who believe that they are totally alone, but I feel nothing but pity for them.

The rest will seek His forgiveness on their dying days. Of this, I have no doubt. Will they feel remorse for the way they treated God's believers over the course of their lives? I have no idea, unless God compels them to do so, but the rest of us would never know, anyway. Nevertheless, I'd bet the ranch that they will be grateful for the first, and last, time in their lives.

Scant moments before they close their physical eyes forever, and before they see for the first time, they will know.


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