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An Issue of Accountability (published in The Tribune 8/7/10)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:15 PM by Fccea Webmaster
So -- has anyone proven the existence of God beyond the shadow of a doubt? Truthfully -- no. But then, has God's non-existence ever been undeniably established? No, again. So, holding either position is a matter of faith.

What always amazes me is that so many otherwise sensible people are willing to discount God right out of the chute -- claiming either full-blown atheism, or at least living like God does not exist.

Most who fit one of these categories would say they have good and credible intellectual reasons for denying or ignoring God. But the Bible suggests that something more insidious is at work. The Bible suggests its an issue of accountability.

It is human to deplore accountability. I read recently of a man who put his car into reverse and accidentally drove into a wall. He took it to his mechanic who replaced the dented bumper. Days later, he had the same accident all over again. I'm so embarrassed, he moaned to his wife while reaching for the phone. "Why not tell the mechanic it was me this time?" she suggested. "Maybe I will," he said, dialing. "It worked the last time."

Accountability! None of us want it. But all of us have it -- if the God of the Bible exists. And so the Bible states in Psalm 14:1,"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'. They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good." God says it is an issue of the heart, not of the head. We don't believe because we don't want to believe.

If God cannot be finally disproven, why deny Him? Because we want to do what we want to do when we want to do it -- without accountability. Jesus said much the same thing in John 3:19: "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil." People don't reject God and His Son because they can disprove His claims. They reject Him because they want to be their own boss.

Perhaps like me you find an honest atheist irresistible. Such a man was Aldous Huxley of Brave New World fame. He once wrote, "I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption . . . For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom [italics added]."

I think the key question is this: Does accountability go away because authority is denied? Well, imagine that you are pulled over for doing 100 miles an hour down highway 85 in Weld County. Now imagine this defense -- you do not believe there are any judges in Weld County, or at least none that would be interested in your petty case. Imagine that -- and good luck! Accountability does not go away because authority is denied.

So, if God cannot be absolutely disproven. And if His existence, assuming it true, imposes accountability on His creation, are not His claims worth a second look? Either way you go, it's a question of faith. Who are you trusting in?
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