I am sure anyone seeing the above caption would wonder what this writer is trying get across to the readers? How can he be asking or questioning the existence of God? I would like you to know that this writer believes in the existence of God without a shadow of doubt.
Many years ago, I was flipping through the channels on the TV, when I stumbled on an interview program. The personality being interviewed was Nobel Laureate, Nigerian writer and Social Critic, Professor Wole Soyinka.
I was naturally interested in hearing what he had to say concerning some recent political and social events in the country, so I settled down on the couch to listen. Out of the blue, came the question, "Professor Soyinka, Do you believe in God?"
The professor replied emphatically, "No, I do not. How can I believe in a God that I cannot see or feel?". The interviewer would not let him off the hook easily. "What then do you believe in?" Professor Soyinka Replied, "I believe in doing good, I believe in the protection of human rights and peaceful coexistence".
Still prodding him further, the interviewer asks the Professor, "If you do not believe there Is a God, does that mean you deny the existence of heaven or hell and if that is the case, in your own opinion, what happens when a man dies?"
"I do not believe there is a heaven; everything about life and existence starts and ends here. Once a man dies, that is the end as far as he is concerned", replied the Nobel laureate.
I shook my head in disbelief. As if he could read my mind, he said “Everyone has one thing or the other they believe in but there are some, who believe that anyone who does not believe in what they believe, would perish. These people are religious bigots. It is so absurd to be so sure of something that you cannot see, feel or touch"
In response to a question about the writings of the Bible, the professor said, "What I love in the Bible is the literary quality of the writings and the creativity of the writers themselves".
After the program ended, I thought for a little while and one scripture spoke clearly to my heart, "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." Ps 14:1.
The word fool here carries a different meaning from the everyday usage of the word. It conveys here a heart that is depraved and thoroughly wicked. I once read that, "No man will say, 'there is no God' till he is so hardened in sin, that it is become his interest that there should be none to call him to an account"
I wonder how a man could explain away the intricate arrangement of the solar system without considering the existence of the great Master Planner. How can one think of a building without a builder? How can you think of a car without an engineer and how can you think of a pot without a potter?
It is so amazing than one can be so educated and yet be ignorant of the greatest knowledge of all.
"He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?" Ps 94:10.
My prayer for the likes of the Professor is that his eyes of understanding will be opened, so that He will come to know the God of mercy here on earth while he is yet alive.
Once death comes, it will not be the end as he thinks, it will only be the beginning....
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”. (John 3:36)
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom, where he works as an IT Professional. He currently serves as a Worship Leader as well as Home Group Leader in his local church and on occasion, speaks at invited events. He is the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online Ministry and Moderator/Editor of the Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, firstname.lastname@example.org