The Intelligent Delusion
Perhaps the greatest idiocy of our day is the claim, by those who consider themselves to be wise, that no intelligent, educated, man believes that there is a God. ‘Educated’ men such as Richard Dawkins ridicule the truth concerning Jesus Christ as mere ‘fiction’ and ‘fairytale’.
Yet Dawkins’ problem is that his very attitude proves the very truth of that which he seeks to discredit. For God, many thousands of years before the very existence of Richard Dawkins, already spoke of such ‘wisdom’, such ‘intelligence’ and set it down in the scriptures in the following terms:
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge?”
“…The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”
“…Be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
(2 Peter 3:2-4)
“But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.”
So such mocking, such unbelief, such animosity to the truth shouldn’t surprise us. It has always been so. In the deadness of his natural, fallen, sinful, nature, man has always been blind to the truth, always resisted it, always mocked it. Today he may be more open, more brazen, in his ridicule, but the cry of his heart is the same. Mankind in its foolishness cries out “There is no God!”
Just as with others, so with us. But for the grace of God we would be the same. But for the grace of God we were the same. But for the grace of God we may remain the same….
What do you know of the grace of God?
I was no different. There was a time in my wisdom, my intelligence, when I rejected God’s truth, when I doubted it, when, in my heart, I scorned it, counting it a foolish thing. But praise God that He arrested me in my folly, that He stopped me in my tracks, that He opened my blind eyes to see, opened my deaf ears to hear, and revealed His Son both to me, and in me.
For knowledge of the truth comes not by human intellect, but by the revelation of God!
Oh what a transformation when God reveals Himself to us!
When he takes away our foolishness and shows us His wisdom!
Oh to know Him “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”! – Colossians 2:3.
If God ever opens our blind eyes to see the truth. If He ever reveals Himself to us as our Maker, our Saviour, our Redeemer, if He ever shows us our natural foolishness and His manifold wisdom, then we will ever live to praise His Name and thank Him for His wondrous grace to sinners!
And we will ever be thankful that though man is so rebellious by nature, so proud, so arrogant, so blind to wisdom and so open to foolishness, that though “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, though we have all mocked at God’s very word.
Nevertheless, despite this, God in His Wisdom, in His intelligence sent His only begotten Son into this world to save sinners, for:
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
(I Timothy 1:16)
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 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.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18-21)
By Ian Potts