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  • Psalm Fourteen

    The fool has convinced himself; there is no God.

    They are ignorant, they are corrupt, they are incorrigible.
    God looks down on the people of the earth to see if there are any who seek him and his wisdom,
    but none of them look any further than what they can eat or drink. They are all animals.
    They behave like animals, since they elect to attempt evil against the chosen of God.
    The chosen do not forget God, they know he is the source of goodness.
    The fools have condemned themselves, for God will protect the poor and the meek.
    Bring your Messiah out of Zion soon, Oh Lord, free the chosen from evil and corruption.
    The house of Jacob will be glad; all of Israel will rejoice.

    I know several people who claim to be atheists.

    In most cases, they are people who have suffered a tragic loss of one sort or another: the loss of a parent at an early age, an encounter with drugs or alcohol or abuse (the loss of innocence in one form or another), the loss of a capacity through accident. In my heart and soul, I know these people aren't atheists at all. They're just angry with God for what they perceive as injustice. This isn't anger. It's just denial and a failure to trust God. Eventually, God will act in their lives and they will find him again.

    However, there are a few out there of the "If I can't prove it, it doesn't exist." variety. Those are the ones I worry about. My usual answer is if they have to prove things to believe in them, how do they know love exists?

    Seriously, have you ever tried to prove love? I mean, you can show evidence of what you think is love, pictures of family, a feeling of deep concern and affection, even attending the wedding of good friends who have been together for many years. I can go on and on with examples of what we think is love, but the truth of the matter is you can never prove Love exists.

    There are quite a few intangibles out there that cannot be proven. Fidelity is my favorite. There is an old saying that goes, "you think your father is your father, but you know your mother is your mother". [No offense intended to any of the ladies out there.] Probably one of the reasons DNA analysis was so fervently sought after. But things like Honor, Trust, Hope,...are all intangibles. They can be demonstrated by the acts of men, but their existence cannot be proven.

    A scientist named Maslov once proposed a hierarchy of human needs that seems to account for most human action. He basically said human needs are like a pyramid, the base being things like survival needs (air, water, food), and the levels on top of that more sophisticated needs (shelter, safety, companionship), and only after he has the things he needs does he look for the higher goals of knowledge and understanding.

    The evidence of God is all around us, if we choose to look for it. When we don't, when we refuse to accept intangibles like love, hope, charity....we choose to be separate from God.

    And for those who don't know, that is the definition of hell.

    "I'd rather live my whole life assuming there is a God, only to find out that there isn't, than to live my whole life assuming there isn't a God, only to find out there is." - Peter Barry
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