This is the second of a two-part series describing comments by an unbeliever. This entry attempts to explain why human reasoning is of no effect to explain why we believe what we believe.
The natural man cannot understand spiritual things. [1 Cor 2:14] It is that simple. Natural men, philosophers, and those supposed harbingers of knowledge have decided that unless metaphysical matters of the universe can be explained through some reasonable and well-thought out process, then they are not feasible.
How can people be so self serving that they think the mysteries of the universe are openly available for their consumption. That they ought to be able to understand and comprehend the very rationale that governs how and why the universe is the way it appears. The Bible says: “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent [Isa 29:14]. So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. ”
Proverbs 25:2 says: “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.” God has concealed and left to mystery the things He has chosen and left for the Kings [inheritors of the Kingdom] the privilege of discovering the mysteries. We live by faith and not by sight [or even understanding]. Hab 2:4 and several NT references
Even the things we know, we fail to get right. We love others but still offend or hurt them. We judge or rule but our decisions fall short. We do our best but our best is not good enough. We often don’t know what we don’t know. So when Jesus prayed “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” it was not just a request for his crucifixion, but for all of our assumptions that fail. Even in His agony, surrounded by those whom He had loved for years, there was no escaping their shortcomings in the face of the religious and political opposition.
Alas it is the foolishness of preaching that brings men from darkness into the light. Share your faith and light as you wait for God’s grace . . .