One of his letters, written shortly before his death in 1955, just sold at auction in London for $400,000. Whose hand-written thoughts are worth that much? Albert Einstein, physicist and genius. In the “Miraculous Year” of 1905, Einstein published four papers in a German physics journal, any one of which would guarantee his science immortality. The most well-known of the four was his theory of mass-energy equivalence, expressed by the formula e=mc2.
Elsewhere Einstein had written that the superb order in the universe was evidence of an order-making divine law-giver. “In view of the harmony of the cosmos, which I, with my limited human understanding, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say that there is no God. What really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of those views” (World magazine, May 31, 2008).
But though Einstein could see God’s work in the universe, he could not see Him in the Bible. In the letter just auctioned, he calls the Scriptures “a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish” and calls God “a product of human weakness.”
St. Paul recognized long ago that even the clearest and wisest and most loving words in the Bible will make no sense to an unbeliever. Unless the Spirit of the Lord is alive and working in a human mind and heart, Satan will stimulate such hostility that people will use any excuse to ignore its message. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 2, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”