Years ago, somebody sent me a video by well-known atheist Penn Jillette, in which he was thrown into what was clearly a frustrating intellectual quandary. He marveled that anyone could believe the foolish stories in the book of Genesis. He particularly marveled that intelligent people with whom he was friends embraced the silly story of Noah’s ark and the Genesis flood.
I watched a few other videos made by him, and it was evident that even though he himself was intelligent (and likable), he hated God with a passion. Penn is an atheist who is so staunch in his beliefs, he crosses out “In God We Trust” from every dollar bill that passes his way.
He even went to the trouble of making videos about the Bible. In one, he twisted a verse and claimed it said something it didn’t, and then showed his disdain by kicking the Bible and throwing other copies of the Scriptures over his shoulder. He had questions, but it was evident that he wasn’t humbly seeking answers.
And so, this popular despiser of Christianity was left marveling about why intelligent people believed the “foolish” stories in the book of Genesis.
This marveling of “despisers” is addressed in Scripture. When Paul preached the gospel in Antioch, he said, quoting the prophets,
“‘Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means believe,
Though one were to declare it to you.'” (Acts 13:41)
Notice that the Scriptures say that despisers will “by no means believe” the thing that God has done, even if it was declared to them.
The proud are often offended by the word “believe.” They believe that faith is intellectually beneath them, even though all healthy human relationships, business dealings, and political alliances between nations rest on the foundation of faith. If there is no trust, there is no relationship. If I don’t believe you, it means I think that you are a liar.
The “work” of God referred to is that He has “chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise” (1 Corinthians 1:27). He deliberately placed incidents in His Word that are an offense to the proud mind.
Who in his right mind would ever be so childish as to believe that Noah built a great ark and that all those animals came in two by two? Anyone with any intellectual dignity, with any pride of heart, would never stoop to believe such childish foolishness.
Such is the manifold wisdom of God. He has chosen foolish things to confound the wise.
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Source: Christian Post