Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | April 19, 2006

I Believe in God – Part Two

Today listening to the Dennis Praeger show I heard something that was interesting and is relevant to our current topic.  This is a talk show that airs on 1170 am weekdays from 9 to noon.  He is of a Jewish background, a very careful thinker and most of the time reaches sound conclusions.  He was addressing the assertion by the Left who believe that all religion produces irrational people and an irrational society.  His critique of this view was composed of an argument that it is actually those on the Left that have produced irrational people and an irrational society in the West.

This is the ideology that has brought us evolution, abortion, gay marriage, and recently the assertion that people are currently watching more horror movies because they are afraid of President Bush.  These are the irrational results that have been arrived at primarily by the secular Left.  The religious Left has warmly embraced the aforementioned practices and also developed the theologically irrational ideals such as a Christian faith without the virgin birth, the resurrection, an inerrant Scripture, no miracles, and even no God. 

I believe that this truly is an insightful comment and is a very accurate description of people on Left in Western society.  This is evidenced in the extreme moral confusion that embodies the ideology of the Left.  This has impacted a great deal of the institutions in our own country and has become the majority worldview in Europe.  This irrationality, however should not surprise people of faith like myself.  The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans describes how God will give the unbeliever over to the wiles of their own fallen nature.

The illustration on the cover of this month’s Modern Reformation provides a comical depiction of the atheist, whom Scripture describes as a fool (Psalm 14:1).  The caption on the cover states “Does God believe in atheists?” with a person bent over with his head in the sand. This is illustrative of many of the ideals of the Left, which views the world and humanity apart from the fall and human depravity.

We can go on about the foolishness of the atheist, the Secular Left and religious Left, however lets resume where we left off yesterday in our series on basic doctrine.  Question 27 of the Heidelberg Catechism provides a follow up to yesterday’s question regarding the providence of God.  It states the following:

Q.    What do you understand by the providence of God?

A.     Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God 1 by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, 2 and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty – 3 all things, in fact, come to us not by chance 4 but from his fatherly hand.5

Scripture references cited above:

1.      Jeremiah 23:23-24:  “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?”  declares the Lord.  “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord…Acts 17:24-28: …for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said ‘For we also are His children’…

2.      Hebrews 1:3:  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.  When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

3.      Jeremiah 5:24:  They do not say in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, who gives rain in its season, both the autumn rain and the spring rain, who keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.  Acts 14:15-17:  …In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.  John 9:3:  Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  Proverbs 22:2:  The rich and poor have a common bond, the Lord is the maker of them all.

4.      Proverbs 16:33:  The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord

5.      Matthew 10:29:  Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

As we continue our review the topic of believing in God, the catechism goes on to teach about the Providence of God.  We see this in the orderliness of the Creation and the clear signs that the Universe has been designed by an Intelligent Creator.  We will continue to explore this topic next time, however until then think of your life and ask yourself if you can honestly assign the events in your life to chance.

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