Faces on Faith: The happy fool
On more than one occasion I have been told that it is foolishness to believe in Godor to believe the things written in a book that is over 2000 years old.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by those words. After all, the Apostle Paul wrote in that old book, “Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21).
Throughout the generations, many have lived, and died as “fools for Christ.”
The words of the critics have caused me to consider my foolish ways. I put it in this context: “So what if at the end of my life, when I meet death, I discover I was wrong about Godabout Christian principles about heaven? What have I foolishly lost?
According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “a man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
I must admit, I enjoy knowing and loving God!
And I love to point others to Him. I have seen this loving Creator do amazing things, and have heard His gentle voice of love.
Foolishnessimagination self-deception? The cynic would say it so.but I would not trade a moment of the joy and peace I have in knowing God.
And what of Christian principles?
Some see those principles as man-made rules, with a fabricated divine injunction to put fear in the hearts of people, restricting them from enjoying all the pleasures of life.
I have always seen every commandment of God as a boundary to protect me as His child.
I will go to my death bed with no regret for the destructive things I have avoided because of following divine principles. The amazing thing about God’s commands is that He also provides the grace of forgiveness when I falter.
Paul wrote in that same old book that forgiveness is found in, “the foolishness of the cross.”. (1 Corinthians 1:18). Perhaps I have been duped again.but it is wonderful not having to live a life of regrets, plagued with guilt and shame.
And what of the foolishness of heaven?
I will certainly be surprised when I don’t wake up after death and discover that the nay-sayers who said there is no life after this were right after all.
What of my foolish thinking that the only way to that eternal life is through a man called Jesus? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the lifeno one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
How narrow! How foolish! Universalists say in the end everyone is in.
Well, there you have it, in my foolishness I still have lost nothing.
Enough of this foolish talk! Seems to me that the matters of faith are the most important mattersand what you believe matters most!
I don’t see how I have lost anythingor can lose anything by believing in God and His Holy Word.but it does seem to reject so great a message of grace can be costlymaybe even foolish.
Dr. Daryl G. Donovan, Sanibel Community Church