When you look at the harsh reality of living in life today there is evidence and a lack of evidence for God. It is difficult for the believers to understand the skeptic however the skeptic holds a view that uses logic and intellect and certain sections of the data at hand. There is so much evidence with information coming to light everyday and discoveries being made everywhwere that nobody can grasp the total picture.
One of the conundrums today is that people want to make “sure” decisions. They need evidence and facts on the table. In truth no decision is completely without risks and that is where the God choice becomes muddled.
“The skeptic swore, “There is no God! No God!—I can do anything I want! I’m more animal than human; so-called human intelligence escapes me. I flunked ‘wisdom.’ I see no evidence of a holy God. Has anyone ever seen Anyone climb into Heaven and take charge? Grab the winds and control them? Gather the rains in his bucket? Stake out the ends of the earth? Just tell me his name, tell me the names of his sons. Come on now—tell me!” (Proverbs 30.1-4)
Notice the argument's focus. The “evidence” portion resonates as I watch the news reports of England struggling through the night with flood warnings in 127 different locations. However this doesn't offset the confusion caused by the skeptic suggesting that he is merely an animal and can do anything he wants. We are part of a human family. We participate in this family. The role comes with right, obligations, responsibilities, opportunities, and accountability. Just saying that we are free doesn't mean that our role in the family disappeared!
The question for the skeptic and for us lies in looking at everything around us. Will we see the beauty and wonder as easily as we see the destruction? Will we look at the opportunities as well as the failures? Will we see the grace and mercy that abounds or just cry out for justice that we do not want for ourselves. Will we?