Deacon’s Corner, May 17, 2020

For me, there are two types of people – those who believe God exists and those who don’t.  Because, how can you be in the middle?  Is “kind of” believing a “yes” or a “no”?   The answer to that question determines how someone views life.  So, here is something to quietly ponder while sitting around the house waiting to go dine at your favorite restaurant again….

 

An atheist would say this: I will live my life according to these beliefs:  God does not exist.  It is foolish to think that there is a God with a cosmic plan.  That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world is a comforting thought, however, it is only wishful thinking.  People can do as they please without eternal consequences.  The idea that I am deserving of Hell because of sin is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power.  The more you have, the happier you will be.  Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose in a world with no God.  There is freedom to be who I want to be.  But “with God, everything is fine”, it is ridiculous to think I am lost and in need of saving.

 

I have to admit, this view of life is a compelling argument for someone who only wants to be accountable to themselves.  But, what about the view of a Christian?  To find out, let’s take a look at what the atheist said, and say it in reverse.  Let’s begin where the atheist’s belief in God ends.

 

As a Christian, I say thisI am lost and in need of saving.  It is ridiculous to think everything is fine.  But, with God, there is freedom to be who I want to be.  In a world with no God, our existence has no grand meaning or purpose.  “The more you have, the happier you are” is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power.  Because of sin, I am deserving of Hell.  The idea that people can do as they please without eternal consequences is only wishful thinking.  It is a comforting thought, however, that an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world.  That there is a God with a cosmic plan, it is foolish to think God does not exist.  I will live my life according to these beliefs.

 

The difference in how an atheist and I view life can be summed up in one simple word – HOPE.  Hope that even though my life has been turned upside down, God has a plan, and His plan is good.  Hope that God will see me through to the other side of the crosses I carry, and my life will be better because of it.

 

In our second reading today, St. Peter said we must “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Peter 3:15).  What will YOU say when asked?  Will it be “because the more I have, the happier I will be”?  Or, will you say “an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world”?  The choice is yours to make.  But, the consequences of that choice determine how you view your life.

Deacon John

 

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