October 2, 2008
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Job 38:4-5
Lewis Wolpert of University College in London says the 80 million Americans who believe aliens have visited the earth from another planet, along with the millions who believe in ghosts, and those who have extrasensory perception, are wrong.
According to ABC News, Wolpert doesn't condemn these false beliefs; he explains them.
An atheist, Wolpert theorizes humankind's original ancestors figured out certain causes have certain effects. Their conclusions gave rise to religion that assumed there was a purpose to life and an ultimate "cause at work in the universe."
According to Wolpert, the desire to understand why bad things happen to good people and similar questions created the "belief engine" in the brain. Because people want to believe there is an explanation for things, they are open to just about any explanation, even weird ones.
Hence, people believe in ghosts -- and God.
Understand, Wolpert believes religion has a good purpose. He suggests people who share a similar faith look out for each other. By doing so, they improve their chances for survival.
Given enough time, I imagine Mr. Wolpert would attempt to answer the questions the Lord asked of Job at the beginning of today's devotion.
As for me, I think there just might be another explanation for things religious and spiritual. I think the Lord created this world and made us. I believe a benevolent God gave us all we need to support our bodies and lives. I believe the Lord has shown us His presence in nature and revealed Himself in His holy Word. I believe the Lord, seeing our lost condition, sent His Son to save us. I believe that because of Jesus' life and sacrificial death all who believe are going to be saved.
I believe that because of Jesus, and not because of the survival of the fittest, my chances for eternal longevity have increased to 100 percent.
Oh, there's one other thing I believe: I also believe "the fool hath said in his heart, 'there is no God'" (Psalm 14:1).
But don't take my word for that. God said it first.
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, wisdom and knowledge are precious gifts from You. I pray for atheists who cannot see Your presence in creation or Your love as shown through the sacrifice of Your Son. Send Your Spirit so they may be turned to You and see the joy that comes through faith in Jesus. In the Savior's Name, I pray. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries