Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher, lived a very long life…and all of it apart from God. As an outspoken atheist, he was quick to criticize religion of any kind. But as every life does, his would come to an end.
Fortunately for Bertrand, he had a plan in place…just in case God existed.
In his brilliant book Faith & Doubt, Pastor John Ortberg writes about a well-known encounter Bertrand Russell had with a woman at a party. The devout atheist was 90-years-old when the woman asked him a series of practical questions.
She said, “Mr. Russell, you are not only the world’s most famous atheist; you are maybe the world’s oldest atheist. You will die soon. What will you do, if, after you die, it turns out that God exists? What will you do if you come face-to-face with this God whom you’ve defied your whole life long?”
Bertrand Russell replied that he would point his finger at God and say, “You, sir, gave us insufficient evidence.”
Interesting accusation, huh?
The Bible actually says that God has given plenty of evidence for His existence! For example, in Psalm 19:1-3, King David notes:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
So, cells, giant sequoias, Jupiter, and the Andromeda Galaxy aren’t enough evidence?
Faith & Doubt by John Ortberg. Zondervan, 2008, Page 105.
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