WHICH GOD IS DEAD?

alternate textSomeone wrote a letter that was published on News24 this past week under the heading:  “God is dead – or is (S)He?”  It was one of those letters that get published so that the public may respond by sending in their comments (which are then also published on the internet).  Almost 600 people responded to this letter in just more than 3 days – by far the greatest response to any story published on that particular website over the past month.  I was intrigued by the letter and even more fascinated by the comments sent in by all kinds of people – some of whom took the chance to jump on the “God-is-dead” or “Bible-is-a-fairy-tale” bandwagon and others who tried to defend their belief in a Creator or Supreme Being of some sorts.  Some of the comments were very good, some were stirring and upsetting, some revealed just how little people understood of the message of Scriptures and some of the comments were so witty that from time to time I found myself having a good laugh.  And the way everyone was tossing about the word “God” made me think:  Which “god” are they talking about? It may be the “god” of their own imagination or the “god” that their teachers have painted before their eyes, or the “god” that they have gradually rejected because of some negative experience, but it certainly is not the Elohim that I have come to know!  This “god” (who, according to all these letters, may or may not exist) is for the most part not the same One who revealed Himself as “Yahweh”, the supreme One, the Creator of heaven and earth, the One who is most worthy of our praise and respect and loyalty.  Nevertheless, here are some of the comments that caught my eye:

It might be that God is a figment of our desperate imagination, but the claim that God is dead, is merely another statement of our ignorance. How do we know?

If God exists why doesn’t he show himself?

Funny how people defying GOD call on Him in their darkest hour!

God is not the problem, its His fan club I can’t stand.

GOD is great, and when you find him some day, you will understand. Its like a lost child in a busy mall, that finally finds his DAD.

I’d rather live my life believing that there is a God than die and find out.

I’ve got a nice insurance policy for you guys who believe “just for in case”. That doesn’t sound like true faith if you believe just for in case there is a God. You either do or you don’t.

A fool says in his heart ” there is no God”.

God is alive! I know it! I spoke to Him this morning!

There is not a single shred of evidence to either prove or disprove god. Until such time as there is, I choose to make up my own mind.

Funny to read all the comments from the happy clappy christian bunch.  You guys entertain me.

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.

Just because you believe something is the truth doesn’t make it the truth.

Religion – It has given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.

If you believed that God does not exist, why comment on the issue?

Christians have to constantly reinforce the fairy tale, why do you think they go to church every sunday?

Religion is just based on fear of the unknown.

For thousands of years puny little man has been discovering little bits and pieces of what God has made a long time ago. The more man understands, the more he thinks he knows everything, to the point where he says “I now know everything, I can explain everything, so this means there is no God, because everything has an explanation”. Sad isn’t it?

We cannot begin to explain Him or His actions, but the proof is definitely there for people with open minds.

Doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in Him, He still believes in you!

“For by him all thins (a spelling mistake – the intended word was “things”) were created” – then who created the fats? Lol.

The overwhelming feeling, having read through a discussion like this, is one of frustration, pity and even anger.  What arrogance, for human beings to exchange feeble reasons why they think there may or may not be an Almighty One, when in fact they are the creatures an He is the Creator!  What ignorance, when sinful men and women think that they can trust in their own abilities and achievements to come to a full understanding of how the world came into existence and what will happen in the ages to come!  Do they not know or perceive that his greatness is unsearchable (Tehillim 145:3) and that his ways are untraceable (Rom 11:33)?  “Would you find out Elohim by searching, or search out the end of the Almighty?  It is higher than the heavens – what would you do? Deeper than the grave – what would you know?” (Job 11:7-8).  His thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways – they are so much more and so much higher, as the heaven is higher than the earth (YeshaYahu 55:8-9).

Among all the comments that were posted in response to this letter about the existence of the Almighty, there was one comment, in particular, that stood out for me.  It was just these few words, a quote from Psalm (Tehillim) 46:10:  “Be still, and know that I am (Elohim); I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth!”  When I saw this comment, among all the other comments in which people tried to come up with rational and human arguments for, or against the existence of a Mighty One, it struck me that all these comments (for or against) were empty words, compared to the genuine convictions of belief found in Scriptures.  When it comes to Yahweh, it is simply not convincing to have someone trying to pile on the facts or trying to prove someone else wrong.  What is convincing, however, is listening to the words of someone who had found Yahweh to be faithful and truthful in trying and difficult circumstances.  Listening to the confessions of faith of those who have acquired intimate knowledge of Yahweh, by entrusting their lives to Him and taking seriously his words.

Ps 73:25-26 Whom do I have in the heavens? And I have desired no one besides You on earth.  My flesh and my heart shall waste away, But Elohim is the rock of my heart and my portion forever.

Ps 103:2,5 Bless Yahweh, O my being, and do not forget all His benefits … who satisfies your desire with the good, your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Joh 15:10 “If you guard My commands, you shall stay in My love, even as I have guarded My Father’s commands and stay in His love. These words I have spoken to you, so that My joy might be in you, and that your joy might be complete.

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