12 October 2013

Coming to our senses

We're just waking up to reality.

A generation is passing for whom many of their moderate dreams were realised, and for whom the promises of politicians were delivered. Free health service for all, free education for all, jobs for the majority, affording their own homes, welfare benefits to relieve poverty, decent pensions, people permitted to live how they wanted free from the religious and moral shackles of the Victorians.

Who needed God?

It's been a ball for 50 or 60 years. But it's all beginning to fall apart. Like all parties, such times are short-lived and are not real life. And like many parties, we wake up the morning after with a hangover, a few good memories, a load of regrets and a mess.

Stumbling our way into the 21st century, one of those regrets is the way in which the country abandoned the God and Father of Jesus Christ, and with him the morality that society once agreed was the bedrock of this 'green and pleasant land' (even if people were not card carrying Christians).

So, we've been the victim of a delusion - that we can create a fair, stable, honest, safe, caring, prosperous, creative, healthy, happy society without God and his wisdom.

It's a bit like the delusion Richard Dawkins lives under. In his book 'The God Delusion', he says

'Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe there are fairies at the bottom of it too?'

In other words, can't we enjoy this beautiful earth and universe without having to believe there is a God in it?

Yet, whilst no sane person believes in fairies, every sane person knows that a beautiful garden does not produce itself! It's produced by the skilful work of a gardener. Dawkins is deluded that this beautiful world came about by chance. It's obvious it didn't. It stands to reason, then, that if we live in a world produced by God's work, we should acknowledge him and seek to live in his world as he meant us to - for our own good and enjoyment.

It's time for us to wake up, come to our senses, return to God, say sorry for living as though he did not exist, ask him for forgiveness, and ask him for the wisdom we desperately need to live rightly.

The way back to God is very clear in the Bible. God sent his Son Jesus into the world, not to condemn us but to save us. Jesus Christ paid in full the penalty owing to God for all our wrongdoing:

'Christ died for sins once for all...to bring you to God.'

And he said,

'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'

So, come back to God through Jesus Christ, and discover the reality which is so much better than the delusion.

Simon Smallwood