Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A stupid analogy

"A 15 year old girl finally told her mom about her being raped several times a week by her step-father since she was 9 years old. He had threatened to kill her if she told anyone, and she fully expected to die when she told her mother. The part that stuck with me about this story is that this girl explained that every night for that 6 years she would get on her knees and tearfully pray to God to please make it stop. I really struggle to come to terms with a God that would knowingly let this go on . . . To anyone that is free from the grip of religious brainwashing, an omniscient, omnipotent, loving God that would allow this is to happen is beyond absurd." Dave B

Take the time to study recent history. God allowed six million Jews to die at the hands of Nazis. Many of these were children. Don’t you think that their parents prayed? Every day, children starve to death lying in dry dirt with flies crawling across their bony cheeks. Don’t you think their parents pray? Children die of cancer daily. Unspeakable human suffering is part of history from the beginning of time.

Two men are seated on the plane. They are Mr. No-think and Mr. Think. The plane’s engines catch fire. It rocks violently. Passengers (including children) are being seriously injured. The pilot instructs the passengers to reach under their seats, pull out a parachute and put in on immediately.

Mr. No-think says, "The pilot is a liar. He doesn’t care about any of us. If he cared about us, the children on this plane wouldn’t be being injured." Because he doesn’t think intelligently, he doesn't bother to do what the pilot told him to do.

Mr. Think thinks, "Something is terribly wrong! The fact that people are being seriously hurt convinces me that I should do what the pilot says."

He then puts on the parachute, much to the disgust of Mr. No-think, who for some reason spends his time mocking him for putting the parachute on. But Mr. Think is not perturbed. Instead he thinks about the jump that he’s going to make, and pleads with his unthinking fellow passenger to come to his senses and think.

Of course the Mr. No-thinks out there will think this is the dumbest illustration they have ever heard. And they are probably right.

My problem is that it's hard to find an illustration that adequately shows how dumb it is to reject God's gift of everlasting life and instead end up in Hell. Jesus called the person who neglects God, a "fool" (see Luke 12:20).