The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Ps. 53:1)

“Who made these beautiful flowers?” the Christian asked the atheist as they walked through a meadow.

“Forget it!” the atheist said, “Don’t come again with your stupid talk about God. The flowers exist by themselves.”

The Christian did not press the issue. A few days later, the atheist visited the Christian in his home. On the wall was a beautiful picture of flowers. The atheist asked, “Who painted this?”

The Christian responded, “Don’t begin with religious rubbish! Nobody painted these flowers. They came into the painting by themselves. Nature made the carved frame. Then by itself the picture jumped up on the wall onto a nail that just happened to be there, driven by nobody. And that is all.”

The atheist took the joke badly. But you can see how foolish it is (pointed out by storyteller Richard Wurmbrand) to think that someone created a picture of flowers that have no fragrance, while believing that living flowers with beautiful perfume could have no creator.

How sad to think that people who might otherwise be brilliant could be so foolish when it comes to the existence of a God. Unfortunately, they also run the risk of declining into corruption, as the writer suggested further into the psalm.

On the other hand, one person said, “I know there’s a God. I just talked to him this morning.”

Daily put your hope and trust in the creator God.

Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife, Carol. He has served The Wesleyan Church for over fifty years and written his weekly column, Positive Perspective, for more than thirty.

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