A Fine Idea . . . But
Please read Judges 10:6-14 (The link will open in a new window).
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. . . . Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. – Matthew 2:3, 7-8, 16.
In 1983, touring American editors found a time warp in Communist Russia—the streets, buildings, and public works systems were unbelievably dated. Social progress had simply stopped dead in its tracks. Hospitals had nothing but cast-iron beds in the rooms. In major food stores butchers cut meat manually, while people waited patiently in interminable lines. Narrow, poorly maintained roads constantly threatened danger, and decrepit vehicles rumbled along them. With the fall of communism, western travelers discovered even bleaker truths: 20 percent of the people lived in abject poverty, and there was little welfare to care for the unfortunate.
Many people have an idealized view of life without God, even to considering the advantages such a life might offer. The attraction is only an idea, however; it is far from reality. Without God life is barren, not decorated; it is drab and empty, not full. All that awaits those who refuse God are unsatisfied cravings, ignored needs, unassuaged pains, and unhealed wounds.