The Oct. 6 article in the Empire about "grasping the reality of God" was so far out it reminded me of a remark by G.K. Chesterton: "The trouble when people stop believing (i.e. in the God of the Bible) is not that they thereafter believe in nothing; it is that they thereafter believe in anything."
An e-mail came recently from a pastor in Montana in which he expressed amazement that people can spend so much time searching for truth but ignore the Bible. Then he quoted from John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, "Miriam" where the poet reflected on the same mystery:
"We search the world for truth. We call the good, the pure, the beautiful, From graven stone and written scroll, From all old flower-fields of the soul; And, weary seekers of the best, We come back laden from the quest, To find that all the sages said is in the Books our mothers read."
Why do people ignore the true light and turn to what is doubtful, fanciful, even absurd? Jesus gives us the answer: "Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil." To quote Chesterton again: "It is not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting, but rather, it has been found difficult and never been tried." The obstinate nature of fallen man hates the light.
We can come to know God, not by study alone, but by Jesus revealing Him to us. This is what He said: "No one knows ... who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him." (Luke 10:22)