A dear friend of mine wrote kind of jokingly: "We are in God’s aquarium " and he continued:
In a sense, we are in God’s aquarium, as He watches and feeds us, hoping that we will remain with Him forever. But some of us, atheists and agnostics, cannot see past the glass to the Master. Those who do not look past the glass see only their own reflection, and therefore, think that they are the greatest thing existing.<
That’s exactly what I often wrote in diverse forums. Truly a good metaphor; same as the blind cave-fish who doesn’t believe the sun exists. Take my aquarium: These little aquarium-fish are convinced; “there is nothing else but this Aquarium with it’s plants and fresh-water”. Same to atheist’s conviction; there is nothing else but what we see.
These fish take it for normal, that every day food appears. It’s simply there as a natural law.
These disbelievers think that crop grows as natural-law.
Amazing they think so, for humans can’t create a single blade of grass.
If not billions of believers would pray every day Matthew’s 6:11 “Give us today our daily bread” - we would not have it!
And if not every second around the world countless prayers would ascent – God had wiped away this world long ago; without an eternal life in His kingdom thereafter. So - truly the world still exists, because of these believers’ continuous prayers and the Holy Masses going on day and night arounf the world. This wellbeing – if not hindered by people who serve Satan, is solely owed to the continuous Holy Masses around the world and the continuous prayers going on at every breath we take, around the world.
These fish in the aquarium do not believe that there is anything nor anyone outside that glass. Atheists don’t either, though both depend at every breath they take on Him who keeps them.
Now, believers know all that. The question rather is: How do we tell the reality of God to disbelievers? Those who are not allowed to comprehend. Not allowed is hard for us to understand. Some are not allowed to comprehend?! - Yes, according to Isaiah 6,10: Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. But it was all repeated in Mt. 13.14 ,15 ·Mk. 4.12 ·Lk. 8.10 ·Joh. 12.40 ·Acts 28.26 ,27
I often found this a terrible problem, for – with these People we might talk as much as we like to – all in vain. But: WE ARE NOT TO JUDGE IF THESE ARE SELECTED OR NOT! On the other hand – why waste time and ruin nerves with stubborn who anyhow reject any belief…
The real drama however is; that in our time in schools and all later educations, our children are taught that there is nothing but the automatism of evolution. The whole creation a dead machinery?!
If however this most
Surely you too often experienced what’s described in Isaiah 6,9; that the GOOD NEWS in some actually lead to even more disbelief, stubbornness and hardness of heart. So after some trials we often preferred to let it be – which is terribly hurting.
With these fish in the aquarium or that blind cave-fish it’s neither here nor there – it simply doesn’t matter at all what they are convinced of. They live and finally fade away into nothing. Does this mean in consequence, that disbelieve makes disbelievers to “samples of no value” ? Well, since they are humans after all, they of course are eternal, but where will they spend this eternity ? What do we live for – if we don’t believe in God ?
OK now – for instance Buddhists don’t believe in God. Some of them indeed might live for others – totally selfless in charitable self-denial. But as St. James and the Four Gospel-writers as well as Christ Himself pointed out the importance of good works to make belief complete – good works without belief remains a fragmentary thing - and an insult to God who so much loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for the forgiveness of our sins. Joh 3,16
All of us – disregarding if believers or not, live for our eternity. Compared to eternity, life here is but a split second. Anyone seeks for the sense in his life. Many even try to find themselves. OK – good, but all answers lay in God. He who denies God will never get any answer.