When Scottish theologian John Baillie taught at Edinburgh University, he made it a
practice to open his course on the doctrine of God with these words: "We must
remember, in discussing God, that we cannot talk about Him without His hearing every word
we say. We may be able to talk about others behind their backs, but God is everywhere,
yes, even in this classroom. Therefore, in all our discussions we must be aware of His
infinite presence, and talk about Him, as it were, before His face."
Is man one of God's blunders, or is God one of man's blunders?
H.G. Wells was never particularly religious, but after he had studied the history of
the human race and had observed human life, he came to an interesting conclusion:
"Religion is the first thing and the last thing, and until a man has found God and
been found by God, he begins at no beginning, he works to no end. He may have his
friendships, his partial loyalties, his scraps of honor. But all these things fall into
place and life falls into place only with God."
God, as some cynic has said, is always on the side which has the best football coach.
C.S. Lewis once wrote of a girl he knew who said that the word "God" reminded
her of a "vast tapioca pudding." The only problem was that she hated tapioca
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my great concern is to be on God's side,
for God is always right.
The existence of God means that we are living in a moral order, and in a moral order we
can no more sin and get away with it than we can break all physical laws and escape the