“There is no dog!” – The cry of the dyslexic atheist


During the past fifteen years of marriage, there’s has been one complaint lodged by my wife more than any other – “Why do we have to have so many remote controls!!” I simply don’t understand the problem. One remote handles the television, the other is used for the sound system, and the third is needed when you have to switch input signals so you can watch a movie. What could be more simple!

It always amazes me that what can seem so straightforward to one person can make absolutely no sense to someone else. However, I encounter this astounding reality on a regular basis, especially when I try to explain the Gospel message of Jesus to someone who is not ready to receive it. The apostle Paul addresses this very issue.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV)

Some people just can’t seem to make sense out of the Good News. No matter how often you say it or how well you attempt to explain it; gaining eternal salvation by believing in a Jewish Messiah is just something that, for many people, seems like a bunch of jumbled up nonsense.

However, there is an answer as to how to fix this. Several years ago, my family encountered a worrisome moment when we had reason to think that our oldest son might have a mild form of dyslexia. The short version of the story is that after seeing a few specialists and going through extensive testing, the results came back that he was fine.

As you might expect, that brief scare motivated us to spend some time learning more about this condition. One of the things I was amazed to discover is that one of the most effective aides for dyslexia was also one of the simplest. A few decades ago, doctors and therapists realized that placing a colored transparency over a page of text helped “trick” the brain into seeing words in the correct order. I have no idea of the science behind this, and I realize that I’m way oversimplifying this process, but time and again this method has been applied to great effect.

To understand what this has to do with you, take a look at that verse from 1 Corinthians one more time.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV)

Notice how this verse recognizes two distinct groups. One rejects the message of Jesus as foolishness. The other accepts the message and is experiencing the power of God. The difference between these two groups can be summed up in one word: faith.

Faith is like that colored overlay that therapists use to help those with dyslexia to see words and letters in their true order. Only after choosing to accept Christ by faith do the mysteries of God begin to make sense. In other words, you can’t figure out God, or even the things of God like His will, His Word, or His wondrous plan for your life, by using your own strength and wisdom. The first step to experiencing the unbelievable power of God is to act “foolishly” and choose faith!

If you are one of God’s redeemed, and I hope that you are, what you mustn’t forget is that faith, the lens through which we see and come to understand God, has to be continually applied. Faith is not a one time fix. I think a lot of believers find themselves struggling in a daily walk with God because they have gone back to seeing Him as the world does.

Today, choose faith. Have faith in God’s Word. Have faith when the Holy Spirits prompts you to move in a certain direction. Have faith even when things don’t seem to be working out, for God rewards the faith of His saints and pours out tremendous power and blessing to those who believe.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)

2 Responses

  1. Dick and Doris Lee, Tyler, TX

    Greg, thank you for your message of encouragement and standing firm in the faith! We are so pleased to know our granddaughter, Amanda, and her husband, Andy Masters, are now attending your church. They have been blessed and her Gram and Pops thank God everyday for the influence you and the church are having in their lives. May the Lord bless all of you in His service.

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