I Would Never Believe

A historical, apologetic poem…


I would not believe in a hidden Creator;
I would not believe in original Man;
I would not believe in an ark on a great flood;
I would not believe in God’s bow or God’s plan.

I would not believe Abram heard a voice calling;
I would not believe he was given Canaan;
I would not believe the son, Isaac, was promised;
I would not believe Jacob wrestled a man.

I would not believe that a bush spoke while burning;
I would not believe Moses parted the sea;
I would not believe in the stones cut from Sinai;
I would not believe cloud and fire could lead.

I would not believe that walls fell before trumpets;
I would not believe in lambs, bulls, or priests;
I would not believe in an altar or temple;
I would not believe in their prophets or kings.

I would not believe when wild John came to baptize;
I would not believe in the Man he proclaimed;
I would not believe in the Spirit descending;
I would not believe some unknown Nazarene.

I would not believe in the wine, loaves or fishes;
I would not believe in the lepers made clean;
I would not believe that dead Lazarus was raised;
I would not believe Bartimaeus could see.

I would not believe in Zacchaeus, forgiven;
I would not believe, nor care, Jesus wept;
I would not care a sick woman dared touched Him;
I would not believe that He came to pay debts.

I would not believe some foretold he would suffer;
I would not believe He intended to die;
I would not care were He innocent or not;
I would not believe He was Christ, crucified.

I would not believe that I needed a Savior;
I would not believe anything that He claimed;
I would not believe in a Father to pray to;
I would not believe He, alone, is the Way.

I would not believe that events have a purpose;
I would not believe my life means anything;
I would not believe that He cares for my sorrows;
I would not believe He’s my Redeemer, my King.

If hundreds had not seen Him alive, after dead;
If witnesses were not killed for saying He lived;
If four had not written and fully agreed;
If disciples had not loved Him, unto death, how they loved him;

If they had not loved Him, I would never believe.

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4 thoughts on “I Would Never Believe

  1. Nice anaphora. Sad that so many people choose not to believe, for whatever reason(s). Right now in America it seems pretty cool (smoking was “cool,” but I’ve cared for several people dying of lung cancer, and that’s not a cool way to die), popular, and “educated” (as in, if you believe earth is 6,000ish years old instead of 4.6 billion years old, then you are uneducated and stupid) to mock God and Christians. Sad the horrible realization they will make at the great white throne. I remember the start of a DC Talk song years ago opened with a pretty sobering quote: “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.”

    • Thank you. I should admit that I learned a new word (anaphora), and I’m sure my life has given cause for others’ unbelief. You are right that we are duty bound to live lives that adorn the gospel (Titus 2:10) and have words ready to give a reason for our hope in it (1 Peter 3:15). I need grace for this at all times and in all ways. Thanks again, Lon

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