The bloody 20th Century saw more Christian and Jewish martyrs die for their faith than any other century. In Mexico and Germany, in Sudan and Soviet Russia, in Korea and Poland, Christians and Jews died by the millions because they believed in God. This modern martyrdom occurred because men followed ideologies which believed men were greater than God in shaping the world. The masterminds of these bloodbaths assumed the world could be perfected to suit their ideologies.
One cannot know the history of the last century without recognizing the stark reality of black evil.
This evil that touched every corner of the globe is a starting point for David Limbaugh’s journey to faith. In his new book — Jesus on Trial (Regnery, 2014) — Limbaugh provides a lawyer’s brief on the certainty of God.
The book is a turnkey exploration of faith for those who doubt, and those who don’t. Limbaugh argues for God’s existence. It is sequenced with the precision of a lawyer building a case based not just on faith in God, but on evidence, experience and facts.
Of course faith will always ultimately remain just that, faith. But Limbaugh reaches across thousands of years of human history to argue on behalf of God’s existence.
Evil appears as Exhibit Number One.
To many, the violent sufferings of the last hundred years must mean there is no loving God who would allow so much suffering and pain.
Limbaugh contrasts the religious view “with the humanist’s view of the perfectibility of mankind. The humanist worldview, whether consciously or not, presupposes that man can be his own god — he has the ability to remake and perfect himself over time. But has the last century has shown, these godless ideas have led to totalitarian regimes that enslave and murder millions. Even if you deny that godlessness has led to this depravity, you will still have a difficult time making the case that mankind is on a linear path to enlightenment.”
The “sheer extensiveness and pervasiveness of evil in the world,” for Limbaugh, reinforces belief more quickly than anything else.
On the other extreme of Limbaugh’s evidentiary quiver are those impossible moments. Implausible events become the still, small voice that reinforces that the universe is ordered. Limbaugh retells the improbable story of Joseph, Jacob’s son:
His sovereign plan to nurture and preserve the emerging Hebrew nation is consummated in spite of and sometimes because of the sinful actions of certain people, including Joseph’s brothers. . . . had Jacob not doted on Joseph in the presence of his brothers, they would not have become jealous and hateful toward him. Had the brothers not harbored such hatred, they would not have plotted against him. Had the Ishmaelites not been on the road to Egypt, Joseph’s brothers probably would have killed him instead of selling him into slavery in Egypt. Had the cupbearer not been imprisoned with Joseph, he would not have been impressed by Joseph’s dream-inspiring gift. Had the cupbearer chosen to ‘remember’ Joseph when the cupbearer was released, Joseph may have been released from prison and would not have been available to interpret pharaoh’s dreams later. . . .the entire nation of Israel would likely have died in its incipiency.
I even omit Limbaugh’s more complete series of improbable events surrounding Joseph for the purposes of space! Limbaugh notes that the human and divine perception of evil come together in the wisdom of Joseph and the future nation of Israel.