“My way of fleeing from God was to get stupid.”
Such were the words of Dr. J. Budziszewski (PhD, Yale University)–professor of political and ethical philosophy at the University of Texas. Dr. Budziszewski was once an avowed atheist who thought the concept of God to be irrational. He continues:
When some people flee from God they rob and kill. When others flee from God they do a lot of drugs and have a lot of sex. When I fled from God I didn’t do any of those things; my way of fleeing was to get stupid. Though it always comes as a surprise to intellectuals, there are some forms of stupidity that one must be highly intelligent and educated to commit. God keeps them in his arsenal to pull down mulish pride, and I discovered them all. That is how I ended up doing a doctoral dissertation to prove that we make up the difference between good and evil and that we aren’t responsible for what we do. I remember now that I even taught these things to students; now that’s sin.
It was also agony. You cannot imagine what a person has to do to himself–well, if you are like I was, maybe you can–what a person has to do to himself to go on believing such nonsense. St. Paul said that the knowledge of God’s law is “written on our hearts, our consciences also bearing witness.” I resisted the temptation to believe in good with as much energy as some saints resist the temptation to neglect good… Visualize a man opening up the access panels of his mind and pulling out all the components that have God’s image stamped on them. The problem is that they all have God’s image stamped on them, so the man can never stop. No matter how much he pulls out, there’s still more to pull. I was that man. Because I pulled out more and more, there was less and less that I could think about. But because there was less and less that I could think about, I thought I was becoming more and more focused. Because I believed things that filled me with dread, I thought I was smarter and braver than the people who didn’t believe them. I thought I saw an emptiness at the heart of the universe that was hidden from their foolish eyes.
Of course I was the fool.
You can read the rest of Dr. Budziszewski’s testimony here.
The bastions of liberal elitism Harvard & Yale universities did not begin with liberal views on religion and the Bible. Attorney David Gibbs of the Christian Law Association states: “Many of America’s prominent Ivy League schools have drastically changed since their founding and not for the better. Yale University expelled students who persistently denied the Bible as being God’s Holy Word. The motto adopted at Harvard in 1690 was “Truth for Christ and the Church.” “Harvard’s Rules & Precepts books from 1646 states that every student ought to earnestly consider well the main end of his life and studies is to earnestly know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.” In fact, Jonathan Edwards, Puritan pastor and author of the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” was also the president of Princeton University at one time.
Yet, Scripture clearly teaches that people by their very natures reject or suppress the Truth. Jesus Christ, quoting the prophet Isaiah, said:
“Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’”
Jesus would also say concerning the knowledge of God: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” Matthew 11:25-26
He even told His disciples, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
The “wise and learned” do not think they need God. In fact, they often feel that they are too intelligent to believe in Him or to trust in the Bible. Yet, little children are needy. They realize they need the help of someone greater than themselves to help them survive in life. They are in as sense “too dumb” to do life on their own. They need help. Yet, Dr. George Guthrie states that you might have a person with an IQ of 70 who would have more wisdom than a person with a PhD who violates God’s principles (Read the Bible for Life, p.125). The “unintelligent” might actually possess greater wisdom for living than those who profess to have great intellect.
The truth is that EVERYONE needs God. The Bible says that He is no respecter of persons, meaning that He will accept anyone from any walk of life who will be willing to humble themselves and seek Him by faith. The Bible’s instruction for the J. Budziszewski’s and for the simplest child is the same:
“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Romans 10:9-13
The question remains: “Are YOU too smart to believe?”