“The audacity of these Christians, to believe the universe was created for them! What a preposterous, arrogant way of thinking!” I smiled as the debate intensified between two scholars, one a Christian, the other a devout atheist. I am quite sure the atheist would be very disturbed to know he was preaching from the book of Genesis. The entire creative process detailed in Genesis was culminated with the creation of mankind. It was then that God declared His work to be complete and very good.
As the debate continued, I Corinthians 2:14 kept coming to mind: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” One example was the atheist staunch contention that science has disproved the ascension of Christ. How you might ask? Well, it is now known that oxygen levels are depleted in the atmosphere, making it impossible to breathe; therefore Jesus could not have survived His ascension. Now that is the “wisdom” of a natural man, devoid of spiritual discernment. God’s word is indeed true when it says, “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (I Corinthians 1:20)
Though the atheist’s claims are stated in a sardonic manner, he is actually stating an age old question: “What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4) Are there not times when we stand in the midst of creation marveling at God’s majesty and inquire the very same of the Lord? For some people – praise and awesome wonder draw the soul to God when life’s mysteries are considered. Yet these same searching questions can lead others to doubt, even to complete denial.
Mankind seems so small, insignificant, each but a grain of sand in a sea of humanity, lost in the vastness of the universe. How can God be mindful of every human being? God responds to those who honestly wrestle and seek for answers. He declares, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) Faith is our portion, redemption is His.
Job sought the truths of God within the wisdom of man, but was not satisfied. When he was confronted with the power and the glory of his Creator, he was left to cry, “Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me; which I did not know.” (Job 42:3) Wonderful things – such as being perfectly loved by the everlasting Heavenly Father – and returning His love for all of eternity. Upheld by His strong yet gentle arms…in a universe created for us!