January 20, 2012

Atheist Artist

Posted in Unbelief at 7:35 pm by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Flailing wildly at the solid Stone,
The frenzied sculptor works alone,
Not to build or to create
But only to obliterate
The image that indicts him as a thief.

When each attempt, more futile than the last,
Stares back at him, he falls aghast
At failing utterly to dim
The Stone that speaks its life to him.
Yet he declines in willful disbelief.

Copyright © 2012 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)


The entire time a fool is denying God in his heart, he is totally dependent upon God. Whether or not we believe in our Creator, we live, move, and have our being in Him (Acts 17:28), and anything we might “create” requires us to start with His creation for the materials with which we produce our art

In other words, God is God, and that is that.

The word “declines” in the final line is a double entendre. The surface meaning is that the unbeliever declines, or says no to, faith. The other meaning is more ominous and is the result of the deicsion to decline belief in God, for those who continue in willful disbelief will deteriorate in a constant and insidious descent that can only be corrected by the intervention of the very One who is being denied. Quite a quandary, isn’t it?


Written on 13 June 2002 and revised on 26 July 2002. The only changes tonight were in punctuation

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