Let Me Be Thought a Fool Here on Earth, All the Way to Heaven

Posted: February 22, 2015 in 99-Uncategorized

Luke 10:17-24 — Today we will look at the remainder of this passage in vv. 21-24. The thing that comes to mind when reading these words is the movie, God’s Not Dead. In that movie, there is an arrogant, self-absorbed professor who requires his students to write on a piece of paper at the beginning of the movie that God is dead. His presumption is that God is a myth created by man to control one another’s behavior rather than there being an actual supreme being that was pre-existent to the creation of the universe. In the movie, a young student is willing to stand up for his Christian beliefs. We spend an entire semester with this student as he battles his professor on whether God exists or not.

The professor is an example of the today’s intellectual elite that prides itself in its humanism. They pride themselves in having evolved past the primitive belief in God. They see God as a construct made by man himself to bring order to a chaotic world and to explain things that could not be explained at the time. This intellectual elitism or more commonly known as atheism prides itself in man’s discoveries of the universe. Knowledge itself becomes their god. Man becomes god. Man determines what is moral and what is right. We should no longer believe that man is inherently evil and requires guidance of a supreme being. Man is his own judge.

Jesus thanks God here for the fact that spiritual truth is often hidden from the people who consider themselves wise like the professor in the movie. Many of life’s rewards are reserved for those who are smartest, most good looking, most wealthy, most athletic, etc. However, the kingdom of God is only available to those who are humble enough to believe that God exists, that Jesus was God in the flesh acting in His function of the Son on earth. Regardless of position or ability, we come to Jesus Christ through faith and humility. We come to Him through child-like faith. There are no other qualifications for membership in the family of Jesus Christ. Sure, as we have discussed here before, our faith is one of reason and we can prove all these different things about Jesus the man. It can get you 95% of the way there, but we must make that final leap of faith that Jesus is God.

Apologetics, the defense of the Christian faith, can allow us to believe that there is an Intelligent Designer and Creator of the universe. Apologetics can help us defend our faith and help us stengthen our reason about our faith. However, you do not have to be a believer to argue in defense of the Christian faith. To be a member of Christ’s followers, we must go beyond reason to reach the final conclusion. I must have the faith of a child to understand who Jesus is and what He represents to us. It takes faith to understand that He is more than just some prophet in a long line of prophets, more than a wise philosopher on the order of Buddha, more than a political revolutionary on the order of Ghandi. It takes faith to see Him more than a man. Jesus here praises God for the fact that it does take faith. That faith is hidden from those who have pride in themselves. It was Paul that said that Scripture is folly to those who have not be saved. It is only when we accept Christ as our personal Savior that the truth of Scripture is made clear to us. It is only when we accept Christ as our Savior that we begun to understand that which non-believers spend lifetimes debunking.

Isn’t ironic that as time marches on the things that are thought to be untrue about the Bible continue to be proven true with our own archelogical discoveries of truths previously unknown to us. With every discovery of something new about the universe it becomes more and more clear that there is a God who designed all of this. We pride ourselves in our level of knowledge in the 21st century but we do know diddly. God is only revealing to us what we are ready for at this point in time. We are not expanding knowledge. God is only revealing it to us bit by bit. We are not pushing the envelope only discovering what God has already created. There is a God my friend. Yes, Jesus Christ is existed. But it takes faith to understand that Jesus Christ is Lord and all things were created through Him. He will bring low the wise and exalt the humble. No one will know the Father except through the one and only Son. All it takes is faith that you and I are sinners and that Jesus is God in the flesh who lived that only perfect life and is the only right and perfect sacrifice for sin that reconciles us to God.

But it is all folly to the wise. We all are wired to believe that there is an afterlife. So, are you willing to believe in man who thinks all roads lead to heaven and that Jesus is not the only way to heaven, are you willing to believe that if you just do more good and than evil that you will get there? Are you willing to believe in co-exist stickers? Are you willing to bet your eternity on man-made constructs? Are you willing to bet that Jesus is just one of many ways to heaven? Are you willing to call Him a lunatic or liar when you believe other than that He is the only way to the Father? Are you willing to bet your eternity on it and call it enlightened reason? If all what you believe is true, then let me be a fool. Let me be thought a fool here and be exalted in the hereafter when I meet my judgment. Let me be foolish here and justified in heaven. Let me be a fool here and be exalted in the choirs of eternity that praise God. Let me be a fool and considered unwise here. Let me be a Christ follower here and join Him in eternity. What’s your choice?

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