1/24/12 Sam, about 23
A young man at Burger King agreed to answer some questions about his spiritual beliefs, and I soon found that he - Sam - has rejected any sort of organized religion or faith in favor of science and reason. His main reason for rejecting God, though, was that he can't understand how a loving God would allow the poverty, injustice, and cruelty he sees in the world. We talked about this a while and one point I made seemed to get him thinking - that ultimately God must have decided in His infinite wisdom that somehow giving man free will is worth all the trouble. Being the rebel that he is Sam could hardly disagree that we shouldn't have free will, but he found it hard to believe that we humans would have enough wickedness in our hearts that we would turn against each other the way we do - but he couldn't deny the evidence in the world around us. I explained how the original temptation of Adam and Eve was not just the forbidden fruit but to "be like God" (Gen 3:5) At first Sam disagreed that it would be a problem for everyone to be their own God - but as we talked he could see where that would lead - selfishness, greed, poverty, famine, war - the very things he had blamed God for in the first place. "So you see, there's only room for one God" was my conclusion. We talked quite a while, and I could see he was really thinking it all through. I'd like to say my logical explanations won Sam over to faith, but I know better. Even though I do believe in man's free will on some level, in the end God is still sovereign. Sam will only believe if God reveals the truth to him (Luke 10:21) Please pray that He does.