To Those Who Say There Is No God.
Night and day you unbelievers suck on His air,
You drink from His rain,
You eat His many foods,
You bathe in the warmth of His sun.
He allows you to sleep in the shadow of night.
You can laugh, cry, sing and debate.
Impartially God gave you the power of reason,
And provided you with His life-giving Law.
He gives spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace,
And the hope of everlasting life to those
exercising faith in the "Way" of His Son.
To these He gives the Spirit of wisdom.
Through wisdom, discipline
and purity of Spirit
He saves His afflicted and cherishes the humble.
Observe! How His earth and stars hang in space,
His intelligent creation of nature and its seasons.
Only an Eternal Power with unsurpassed wisdom
could create such a universe: Almighty God.
Whom will you turn to for mercy and salvation? (1)
Where is your hope? There is no hope in dust.
What resurrection is there for the contemptuous?
Who will save offspring who have not known Him?
Why go on suffering the miseries of earthly life?
Consider what follows when you boast in unbelief:
"Proclaim to My people the words of prophecy
I give you to speak, says the Lord; and have them
written down, because they are trustworthy and true.
Have no fear of plots against you, and do not be troubled
by the unbelief of those who oppose you. For everyone
who does not believe will die because of his unbelief."
(1) 2 Esdras 9:9-12 NEB.
(2) 2 Esdras 15:1-4 NEB.