As for someone unable to read the Bible, I am pretty jealous of those folks. They may have a purer understanding of God and his teaching than those of us who can read. Rom. 1:20 says that God’s eternal power and divine nature are evident through what has been made/created. It also says that God did it that way to remove excuses.

If I couldn’t read, I would be held accountable to the standard set by creation, i.e. nature. Seems like that is a similar standard for Adam and Eve in the Creation story since they were held accountable only for that which they were capable of knowing.

Man, if only I could have been illiterate. I may never have argued over baptism, instruments, marriage, “wine or strong drink,” Sunday worship vs. Sabbath worship, et al–all those things that some believe constitute the talking points of greater understanding. Instead, I would find myself with more time to sift through God’s eternal power or soak in thoughts of his divine nature, things apparently written on the rocks and on the backs of birds and gnats. All these walls, roads, skyscrapers, vehicles, etc., keep me from seeing what is probably simultaneously most basic and most complex about God. Heck, even state parks and the like want me to see nature their way.

Perhaps what we call civilization looks to God more like an ant farm: unending work inside our reality trying to get toward something we’ve never seen, but that we’re pretty sure can only be achieved through work since that seems to have gotten us everything else we’ve ever wanted.

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