Just a few weeks ago, our medical director at Geisinger wanted to celebrate his 1 year anniversary at his current position by taking our department out for lunch. In addition, he extended the invitation to some Infectious Disease physicians as well, with whom those in our department often work pretty closely. At this lunch, one of the physicians was telling a story about how she broke her arm earlier this summer and happened to make the comment in passing that she and her brother were atheists despite growing up in a Hindu family. She then continued her story while I sat there somewhat taken aback about the fact that she had admitted she was an atheist.
I certainly am not surprised to bump into an atheist these days but to hear it from this woman’s mouth struck me pretty hard. Why? Because she is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Her knowledge base of all things medical, particularly things related to bacteria, viruses, infections etc is just plain incredible. And the thought that just kept coming to my mind was how someone could study tiny living things like bacteria for a living, not to mention their affect on super complex human beings, and come to the conclusion that there is no God. That is astounding to me!
Our reading today in 1 Corinthians 3 talks about this idea of human wisdom. Verses 18 and 19 say, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” Wow, verse 19 says that the wisdom of this world is foolishness (or folly) with God. Here is someone who is full of the world’s knowledge and wisdom, educated to the highest level of academia, yet looks at the complexity of the human body, and the bacteria and viruses that affect it, and comes away saying that there is no God-it all happened by chance in her mind. Such foolishness to God! And thanks be to God that He has opened our eyes to the truth and light of His Word so that we can see through the foolishness of this world.