Well known atheist, speaker, documentary producer, and author, Christopher Hitchens died last year. His last book has been published and part of the description found on Amazon reads, “Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open.”

Those who gladly claim the name “atheist” (such as Mr Hitchens) and most unbelievers who find it necessary to belittle religion, sincerely think that religious people can’t see with “both eyes open.”  We Christians (although they would include those of any religious faith) are duped into believing the unbelievable. The Bible is nonsensical to the atheist, and he or she hopes to convince religious friends that faith is a rejection of fact, science, and common sense.

That could not be further from the truth. We follow a God who has left His Story for us. Most of it was written by first hand witnesses–especially the story of God’s Son. It is true that Christians do not walk by sight alone, but our faith is the most logical of paths. Can man save himself? No. Can the perfect God find a way of salvation and eternal life with Him? Yes. Is there evidence of His existence? St Paul said in Romans concerning the non-recognition of God:

“…what may be known of God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made [every part of nature], so that men are without excuse.”

In addition to the miraculous nature that surrounds us, we have God’s word–His Story–in which He reveals Himself and His nature to us.

Mr. Hitchens believed that he faced death with both eyes open, but they were focused on the unreal, not the real.  Christians walk toward the end of their lives with both eyes truly open. What will we see? As St. Stephen said as he died under the stones thrown by his enemies, “Look, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

As our pastors prepare to help us through “The Story”, I hope that you are already digging into the story of God and His love for us.

Sue Wilson

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