The Freedom From Religion Foundation just unveiled a series of billboards. Here is one from Chicago:
A response based on Nathaniel Torrey at: http://www.juicyecumenism.com :
“Let me get this straight. You, a finite being, with limited knowledge; constantly walking on a knife’s edge between life and death, at the mercy of something as small as a germ or as common as the many distracted drivers you meet on the road; shaped, and then tossed to and fro by the equally frail and insignificant people who happen to be around you, and the confused culture you happen to be born into– you really believe you should have faith in yourself? Good luck with that.”
Every man labors to conceal his insignificance from himself. –source lost
How good is it to remember one’s insignificance: you are a man among billions of men, an animal amid billions of animals; and one’s abode, the earth, is a little grain of sand in comparison with the vast universe; and one’s life span is a mere moment in comparison with billions on billions of ages.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library; for one can see the wall crowded on every side by mighty volumes, the works of laborious meditation and accurate inquiry, now scarcely known but by the catalog.
Psalm 53:1a — The fool says in his heart, “There is no God…”
James 4:14b — …What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Psalm 103:15-16 — The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
Psalm 103:17-18 — But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children; with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Psalm 8:3-5 — When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Yet, you have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
Proverbs 3:5-6 — Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
PRAYER FROM PSALM 25:
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame...
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way...
For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great…
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins…
Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.