1 Corinthians 3: 18-23 Reflection:
One of the things that I always notice is the smug pride of those who are now proclaiming atheism. An atheist must be full of pride because pride says that I have no need of God and I put myself first. What else does an atheist have if not faith in himself?
Look at all the wise men at present and ask; if they are so wise why is there all this fighting in the world, so much savagery and murder, killing and mayhem. A world without God is a jungle: civilisation is gone away and is lost in the ‘wisdom’ of men.
We always think in the manner of tit-for-tat. When a bomb goes off, we let one off on them; and so it goes on. But that is not God’s way.
Paul tells us that once we become committed to Christ then all things are ours, not in the sense that we own them but in the sense that we see what their true worth really is. And we also see that they are essentially worthless in comparison with the Kingdom of God.
Following Jesus means a new relationship with the world and all that is in it: we are no longer caught up in the tit-for-tat but move on to seeing things in God’s light. We often fall back to the old ways, but we are constantly making progress; we see the smugness of the atheists for what it really is and we learn that a bomb, no matter who explodes it, will solve nothing.
The evil one never learns: even what looked like his greatest victory, the killing of Jesus, became the act of redemption for all mankind.