Frys Scream
Febuary 08, 2015


FRY’S  SCREAM

It seems that Stephen Fry has a thing or two he would like to say to God, whom of course he doesn’t believe exists. If there was such a being as God, Mr Fry would soon put him in his place and let him know what he thinks of him – “an utter maniac” and “totally selfish”.  A “capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain” 

Of course Mr Fry’s atheistic answer to the problem of pain and injustice and suffering in the world is that it is all down to random chance. There is ultimately absolutely no meaning to life. We human beings are nothing more than a collection of atoms which just happened by chance to merge together over billions of years.  In due time we will die, cease to exists and the atoms which formed our physical bodies will disintegrate and turn to dust.

With such meaninglessness and hopelessness at the core of Mr Fry’s belief system it is no wonder that he, like many other atheistic thinkers before him, suffers serious bouts of depression.

Mr Fry is a very intelligent man and yet his knowledge of the teaching of the Bible is, it seems, extremely limited. In his interview on RTE he said of God “how dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil.”  Clearly Mr Fry knows nothing of (or chooses to ignore or reject) the Biblical account of creation as found in the opening chapters of Genesis. There we learn that the world God created was perfect – “God saw everything that he had made and it was very good.”  There too we learn that evil came into the world as a result of human sin – Adam and Eve’s disobedience to a clear command of God. There we learn that the consequences of this sin was that the world was no longer the perfect place that God created and that from then on the consequences of sin in the world would be devastating with even the very creation itself being thrown out of kilter.  Had Humanity not sinned the world would not be the way it is today. Had humanity not sinned there would not be any suffering and pain and death. Had humanity not rejected God the awful consequences of a planet ravaged by sin, with all its attendant diseases and disorders would not have come about. According to the teaching of Christianity the root cause of all disease and destructive ‘natural forces such as hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, famines etc is sin and its effects in the world.

As with everything in life, actions have consequences and sometimes those consequences go far beyond the boundaries of ones own small circle of experience and existence. Adam and Eve knew there would be consequences if they disobeyed God. What they didn’t realize was just how catastrophic those consequence would be. 

The apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Rome says in Chapter 8v20 “The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay…”  Other passages of the Bible speak of a future time when the sin-affected creation with all its pain and suffering and death will be fully redeemed and a new creation and new order established. In this new creation there will be “no more death, neither shall there be mourning or crying nor pain…for the former things [will] have passed away.”  Rev 21v4.  

This was one of the reasons why God did something about the sin problem in the world. He sent his own son to deal with sin. He paid the penalty of sin for all who would believe on him as savior – “for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3v16  He also set in motion events which one day will culminate in the establishing of “a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness.” 2 Peter 3v13

If anything is “monstrous” and “evil” it is mankind’s rejection of God, evidenced clearly in Mr Fry and other atheists like him their denial of the existence of God. Such denials are ultimately not rooted in sound intellectual reasoning but rather in an underlying desire to be free from any moral accountability to God and often to anyone else other than oneself.

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