It is not surprising when someone refuses to accept the biblical view of creation. People prefer to see themselves as independent masters of their universe. Children cannot forget soon enough they were birthed from something. When given the choice between freedom and accountability, what teenager would choose the latter? We teach our kids to do their own work and to stay out of other people’s business and then throw them into a community environment as employees and wonder why they struggle. Even confusion has an origin if you look for it.
It is not surprising people do not believe in God. God is a spirit. We are predisposed to favor the physical over the spiritual. It is also difficult to filter spiritual concepts through physical senses. It is especially challenging equating spiritual attributes like faith to great power. When something physical is manufactured, it is not surprising no one sees the spiritual influence behind it.
Humans enter this world without knowledge or wisdom. Everything we have results from what has been graciously given. Psalms 4:1 records the phrase, “the God of my righteousness.” If righteousness in part equates to value, and God is the creator, then the God of my righteousness implies even our value was orchestrated. It also suggests we are accountable to whatever established that value. If we follow this logic even further, we can expect a consequence relative to how well we manage the responsibilities we were given.
Everything comes from something. Buildings have to be built, but, before they rise, material and power must be acquired to enable construction. Before materials and power are procured, buildings have to be designed lest they fall. Even before the design phase, even before the vision, there is an idea based on a need. We see a building and we assume it was designed because it stands. However, what we do not see is its inspiration, so, we credit to the first physical thing we see – man.
How can we track back to the beginning reliably and conclusively for the sake of the real story? Science makes enormous leaps back in time and paints pictures of assumptions clouded by previous theories, and, though compelling, fails to present an unbroken storyline. Creationists do offer a complete storyline but are unable to confirm their entire story with physical evidence. So both viewpoints rely on faith.
Some things are unattainable. But does that mean we should end our pursuit? The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” This suggests there is a reward which is not contingent on finding God. No one is blessed for facing his chair in God’s direction. The journey is blessed when we seek him. Our quest for the unattainable is the conduit for our reward. Our belief in something better than our minds can conceive elevates our perception of reality and opens our imagination to life’s wonderful possibilities.
It is not surprising many people put their faith in the network of men. We can connect ourselves today via the worldwide web to anyone and everyone. The wealth of human knowledge is only an internet connection and a few clicks away. Individuals know they need help. However, once a collective is formed, men turn from God. They begin to rely in what man created in spite of the overwhelming evidence proving governments, financial institutions, major corporations and institutions of higher learning are all self-serving.
The Bible states you cannot serve God and money. From the atheist’s point of view, believing in the ways of man prohibits the belief in the ways of God. It is not surprising the non-believer turns cantankerous when a Godly perspective is posed. We should expect the arrogance of man to emerge through his inclination to redefine God in order to glorify himself or invent something contrary even if it contributes to his own detriment.
If man does not believe in creation he forfeits his right to a creator. Without a guide, how will man ever find his place within this matrix which he can only hope one day to fully understand and appreciate? Without a creator there is no accountability. Without accountability there is no consequence. Without consequence there is no morality. Without morality there is no order. Without order there is no hope. The modicum of order we do enjoy suggests there may be something out of reach – something hidden from the senses holding all of this together – prodding us onward toward God in spite of our disbelief.
It is surprising when someone does believe in God or creation. It is surprising when someone does notice the spiritual underpinning behind the physical exterior. It is not surprising when a man who does not believe in the well goes thirsty. However, it is troubling when men, despite their thirst, will not take even the first step down such a well-trodden path. Without a source of value, how will men prosper? They will not, but, at least – it is not surprising.
About the author John Lindsay.