Why is it so hard to believe in a Creator God?
There are so many things in this world that humans have created. Computers weren’t found in the wild. Somehow, over the course of time, we took rocks and mud and metal and fire and began creating. Each invention exceeding the last.
Computers did not simply evolve from the elements of nature. Nor did they spring up from TVs and Typewriters. They required and intelligent designer to forge their components, assemble them, and program them.
Computers are machines governed by rules, imagined and built by their creator, designed to perform a task.
How bold must we be to even imagine we are the only beings capable of such imagination and ingenuity!
Why is it such a stretch to believe that WE had an Intelligent Designer? That WE should be governed by rules? And that WE were created to carry out tasks for the service and enjoyment of He who formed us?
Why is it so hard to believe in Heaven and Hell?
So many people say they “can’t believe in a God who would allow _____.” Others have a hard time swallowing the idea of a “loving” God who could condemn some to eternal damnation.
Have we not been taught these basic principles out entire lives? And have we not moaned that life isn’t fair, even when it has nothing to do with God?
Life isn’t fair. Life is governed by rules. There are punishments and rewards in all we do.
A well-behaved child may receive a lollipop, while one who disobeys might be sent to bed without supper.
How many times did you parents ground you as a child? And how many times did your plea of “that’s not fair!” change your punishment?
If we study in school we receive good grades. We may earn accolades or scholarships. If we act up, we are given detention or suspended or we fail. We might not make it into college if it is a habit. We are given rules and expectations — follow them and you’ll be rewarded; ignore them and face the consequences.
This scenario is repeated in our jobs and careers. Hard work and diligence and adhering to the rules reap the benefits of raises and promotions. Laziness, disrespect of our boss, or disregard of the rules results in us being fired.
Outside of work, again we see it. Break the law and their are repercussions. Adhere to it and you’ll retain rights and privileges.
If we accept these principles in nearly every aspect of our daily lives, why can some choose to say these same rules and consequences are “unfair” to apply on a larger scale such as salvation and damnation? Why do some find the idea of Eternal Punishment or Reward so unsettling, when every moment of our lives we are subject to earthly reward or punishment?
Why is it so hard to believe in a Just God?
We don’t like the idea of a Being “waiting” to reprimand us, or prevent us from doing some of the things we want. We feel wise enough to make our own decisions.
It breaks a parent’s heart to admonish their child. Sometimes we reprimand them for their own safety; we tell our toddler not to touch a hot stove and our teenager not to drink and drive. In our experience, we know better. In their limited experience, it seems unfair, harsh, or even cruel. They will cry or complain or tell us they hate us.
And that’s why it still hurts us to do so. To see them upset with you for not allowing them to do what seems safe or fun or cool. But we do it anyway, for their own good, and because we love them.
If you want to house train your dog, you may have to put them outside in the cold. You may have to raise your voice at them. You may need to swat them with a rolled-up newspaper. They don’t understand at first. They have an urge to do their business, so at first they do it wherever they want.
But they have an inherent desire to please us. And we use praise and punishment to correct their habits, replacing unacceptable traits and behaviors with positive ones.
Is it really such a stretch to imagine a Father God who reprimands His children for their safety or to make them better people? To train us in acceptable habits that are pleasing to Him? Even when we don’t necessarily understand His course of action in our vastly inferior experience?
Why is it hard to accept that Jesus is the ONLY way?
Doesn’t that seem unfair? A little exclusive? But again, have we not been accustomed to this concept on earth since birth?
Only the plastic star fits in the star-shaped hole; the circle doesn’t work. Only the correct three numbers, in the exact order, will open your school locker. Your friend’s key won’t start your car, even if you both drive Honda Accords. A 3/4 socket will not fit a 6mm bolt.
Even the backbone of technology, math and computation, has one exact perfect answer for each equation with no room for error.
2 + 2 will always, always, always equal 4. If you think it’s 5, you’re simply wrong. Four is the only acceptable answer. Even 3.9999999 is incorrect, no matter how close you are.
We accept this without question in our daily lives. Only these 6 numbers win the lottery. Only this PIN will let me use my ATM card. The sun will always rise in the east.
If we answer “13″ when someone asks what 144 divided by 12 is, we don’t tell them that it’s unfair there’s only one answer. We don’t argue that we are close. We don’t explain that 13 “might be a correct answer if…” We freely agree with the fact that there is only one solution to some questions; no room for error.
In a world where we accept the fact that so many questions require an exact and perfect answer, and that anything “close” but not exact is wrong, why can’t we accept that Christ is the only perfect answer to salvation? Why don’t some believe that He is the only combination on the lock to the door of Eternal Life?
We can accept the absolute answer for the trivial like “inches in a foot” – but we get uncomfortable with the thought of the chance of error when it comes to larger matters. How much more important is your soul than your bank account PIN? Isn’t it reasonable that such a weighty issue be guarded by one, and only one, acceptable solution?
Why, do we as humans, find it so easy to accept so many things in our earthly realm, yet find the same principles absolutely preposterous when applied to a spiritual one.
Based on experience, is not the belief that a dropped rock will hit the ground the very idea behind “faith?”
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