Mankind is geared to believe in a creator and to believe that the creator is still involved in our lives on some level and atheists are the one’s swimming against the stream of truth. John Calvin also believed that we are made with a natural inclination to believe and it was our sin nature that blunted this predisposition towards God. I would also add willful ignorance to the list of things that can separate us from our Creator, an ignorance born of and magnified by pride. The atheists like to think they are independent thinkers and they, like the man who tore free of his bonds in Plato’s “Parable of the Cave,” are the ones to walk out of the darkness and into the light. However, in reality, they are fighting against the nature instilled in us all to turn towards our Creator. Locke’s slate is not so blank, after all, but the doubters are doing there best to wipe away the truth and rewrite man’s story with a secular god of their own making.
Our soul's natural inclination is towards God, to tear free of the earthly and temporal bonds of this life and to rejoice in the timeless presence of Him for whom it was created. Sadly, our soul and our will are often working towards different goals. While our souls desire divine union with the Everlasting, our will is often driven by desires of the moment, of the here and now. As the old hymn goes, this world is not our home; therefore, the battle that must be won is the earthly submission of the will, usually against its own desire, to God. Only once the will is placed in His hands, under His control, can the soul begin its blessed ascension.
Excepted from The Four Pillars of the Kingdom
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