Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Real Needs and Felt Needs

It's common in our day for secular, non-religious people to say that they do not feel that they need God in their lives. "That is nice that it is meaningful for you, but I really don't feel that I have any need for God or religion in my life."

What do we say to this kind of attitude about God? Well, I am sure there are many things to say. But one thing might be this:

At around 8:15 AM on the morning of September 11th, 2001, those who had come to work in New York City did not feel the need to get as far away from the World Trade Center as possible. They didn't feel that need, but the need was real nevertheless.

Feeling safe and secure is no sure indicator that you really are safe and secure. Whether you feel a need for God is not really that important, because feelings are not a reliable guide to knowing what is actually true.

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