True Wisdom and the Foolishness of Man
True Wisdom and the Foolishness of Man
I am writing this in the midst of our fall university tour – thinking much about wisdom and foolishness. The atheists, skeptics and humanists who come to our meetings often scoff and mock at the idea of creation and an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator God. They think it is utter foolishness to trust in what they see as an outdated, ancient, middle-eastern book. Instead, they put their faith in “science” – and in the “gods” of time, chance, and natural processes. Somehow it seems more “scientific” to them to believe that “Nothing” made everything from nothing!
Of course, the noted Stephen Hawking, in his recent book, The Grand Design, ends up claiming that this “nothing” is really gravity. So “Gravity” becomes the “god” that creates everything. But this simply begs the question, since gravity is just a force that requires “something” to work upon. As John Lennox points out in his book, God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway? “What all this goes to show is that nonsense remains nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists.”
When really pressed, even the famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, admitted that perhaps life on earth came through the process of panspermia (being “seeded” here by “aliens” from space). This has become a very popular argument among university students, but it too begs the question – or pushes it further out in space. Where did these “aliens” come from, if there is no Creator God outside of space and time? Did they just “pop” into existence?
The ironic thing is that these students and professors, even while claiming to be “scientific,” are so willing to jump to all kinds of fanciful “solutions” and materialistic fairy tales for the problem of the existence of the universe and life. Of course, when we point this out to them, their usual comeback is, “Then where did God come from?” They cannot seem to grasp the idea that God is eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and outside of space and time. They continue to propose arguments which must ultimately point to eternal matter and/or energy – or the idea that everything came from nothing by nothing.
According to Romans 1, they are without excuse. God has put the knowledge of himself in every human heart, and evidence of His character and nature in the physical world. When people reject the knowledge He has given and refuse to honor Him as God or give thanks, they “...became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” (Sounds a whole lot like the idea of evolution, doesn’t it?)
True wisdom comes as we humble ourselves before God and accept what He has to say. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov. 1:7) “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (I Cor. 1:20-21)
So as we and the other AOI speakers go to churches, schools, and universities here in the States and around the world, we continue to share the truth of Creation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though it seems to be “foolishness” to some – and they mock and scoff – to others, it is the power of God unto salvation (I Cor. 1:18), and we are grateful to be able to be messengers of His truth.
By Mary Jo Nutting
(Article was also included in the November/December 2011 Think and Believe publication.)
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