Maybe you’ve heard the true story about the time that Muhammad Ali was sitting in first class on a plane one day when a flight attendant came to him and asked him to buckle his seat belt as they were nearing takeoff. The flight attendant left and came back, but Muhammad Ali had still not buckled his seat belt. She said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Ali, but you are going to have to buckle your seat belt.” Once again, she left and returned, this time right before the plane was getting ready to take off down the runway. Ali had not buckled his seat belt. She said, “Mr. Ali, we can’t move until you buckle your seat belt.” Mr. Ali replied, “I don’t need to buckle my seat belt.”
“What do you mean you don’t need to buckle your seat belt?” she asked. “Everybody has to buckle their seat belt.” Muhammad Ali responded, “Well, Superman don’t need no seatbelt.” Now the flight attendant was ticked off! She looked Muhammad Ali squarely in the face and said, “Superman don’t need no airplane, either.”
Here’s the point: A person has to know their limitations. An autonomous person, one who believes that they can live without God, who attempts to survive without God, who studies science apart from God, or who attempts to create apart from God, will be rudely awakened.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 ESV)