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Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Awesome Communicator

When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! (Matthew 6:7-8 NLT).

What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31 NLT).

For believers a key attribute of faith is that God is an awesome communicator. Not only does he read each and every email we write to him, he knows our thoughts even before we sit down to write. And for believers this is not a one-way street, but we believe that God also communicates with us through an assortment of intimations—be they promptings of the conscience to illuminating dreams and inclinations. Nonbelievers cannot conceive of such a communicator and dismiss it as folderol and rationalization. Decisive proof in this matter is no doubt a long way off. From a believer's point of view the great rationalization of atheists is that the creativity of man is delimited and explained by the human frame alone. Believers see such a point of view as extreme and reductive and an arbitrary curtailment of vision.

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