And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. -2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NIV)
I was too smart for God. It’s easy to have that mindset.
You didn’t have to grow up in a godless household like I did to not believe in God. You can simply listen to most people around you at work, in public, in the media, and maybe even in your own family and friends to know better than believe in God.
You could have even grown up in a Christian household, then later walked away from Jesus after being around enough nonbelievers.
Maybe life has just been too much…a seemingly endless chain of painful circumstances and grief. How could God exist and allow such things to happen if He’s omnipotent and loving?
Some common reasons nonbelievers argue why He doesn’t exist:
- If He were real, He would be kind in the way I would imagine a kind human to be.
- We can’t measure Him to prove He exists.
- There would be no suffering or evil in the world.
- He would only give us good things and circumstances and everything we want.
I was like so many around me…too smart for God. Too smart to believe in a being I could not touch.
But that’s because I could never see past my own senses…the carnal shackles that bind so many around us. Unbelievers are still sleepwalking in a bad dream, like living in the Matrix. Because that is their reality, they can’t see past it. It’s the very limit of their consciousness and sanity. So, to them, we are the ones who need a perspective adjustment!
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9 (NIV)
For me, and for many other citizens of this world, life was just too bleak and pointless. We knew there was something else we couldn’t put our finger on. So why not try the sinner’s prayer? I did in the summer of 2013, and everything changed.
It was not that I was too smart for God at all. I was in a dark cave, thinking the shadows were more than they were. But now, out in the light, Jesus charges us with awakening more sleepwalkers in His name. In our words and deeds, let us show the world how walking by faith and not by sight may never make sense to them, until they taste and see what it really means to wake up!