18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-19
When the super intelligent try to explain away God, they go to great lengths to contort and twist and confound their own logic. All their learning doesn’t draw them to godly conclusions. They believe they can explain Him away, and anyone who doesn’t see it their way must be a simpleton.
Mankind has made great advances in technology, medicine, social sciences, and the creature comfort systems we enjoy as Westerners. But still, the concept of an all-knowing, all-caring, and omnipresent God is foreign to the masses.
One subject I meander into occasionally is that of persecution. Those who imprison, beat, torture, and ultimately kill Christians for their faith must consider Christianity a foolish choice. Often the choice is to recant or be killed. When the Believer doesn’t recant, the persecutors must ask themselves, “Why would someone give up their life like this? Why? It makes no sense.”
Back in the West it makes no sense to the intelligent because they have not risked their lives for a cause they would willingly die for.
Indeed. It doesn’t make sense.
But the Spirit of God in that Believer assured him or her that death is only the beginning of life. Yes, they will miss family and friends, but God will take care of them.
This foolishness is the power of God.