Need the potter explain to the clay how it came to be a jar? Of course not, even if the potter did endeavor to do so, it would be for not, because the clay as the creation does not have the capacity to understand. Furthermore, a creator need not explain himself to what he or creates — the very insolence and arrogance of a creation to demand justification from his creator. What man — whether believer, agnostic, atheist, or any other creed — needs to come to grips with is that the very idea of seeking to understand God does not make any sense. It is not in order for a creation to understand the every thought of the creator. If the creation had to the capacity to do so, it then would have engendered itself without the help of any outside force. This brings us to our key text coming out of I Corinthians 1:18-20, 25-31 (KJV). Behold, the word of the Lord reads:
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
At this point in the scriptures, Paul is addressing the church of Corinth, and he is doing two things: 1.) preparing the body of believers concerning the views of non-believers and 2.) reminding man in general of his place relative to that of God. In modern words, Paul is telling the church, “Yeah, people are going to think our faith is bogus. It is full of paradoxes and hinged on the most confounding one: life in death. But, you just remember this. Who is man to question the means, modes, and methods of God?” Paul then proceeds to spell it out: “The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
Our faith can be hard for some people to wrap their minds around, which is understandable. After all, our Lord and Savior is always doing things outside of our cranial realm of reason and asking us to believe it against the better judgement of our human nature. Sometimes even we as believers can find ourselves giving God a puzzled look. However, God is not to be understood. God is to be revered. Some call this blind faith and mock us for engaging in what they believe to be fruitless piety. Yet if our mockers were astute, they would realize that “blind faith” is not only redundant, but how it is meant to be.
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