Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Do Atheists Exist? Part 2


So Atheism, like all other false religions is a crutch.  It is an opiate to calm the fear of judgment and shut the mouth of a guilty conscience.  It is a lie desperately clung  to by sinful minds in order to escape reality!

My dear reader, all of us have been guilty of this very same sin.  All of us have exchanged the truth of God for a lie at one point or another and God’s judgment has been unavoidably clear.  As Romans 1:18 puts it “…the wrath of God is revealed from heaven…”, in other words we can see it all around us.  Because we have loved sin, He has given us over to its power.  Because we have loved darkness He has given us darkened minds. Because we wanted a lie, He has given us minds prone to believe lies. (See Romans 1:24, 26, 28 and 2 Thessalonians 2:11)

We gave up the glorious truth of God for vain, literally “empty”, speculations, but our hearts did not stay empty but became “…filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:29-32). The seeds of every sin have taken root in our hearts!

We were created to glorify (reflect) God and to have fellowship with Him.  We were created to be God-centered and wired to find fulfillment, joy, happiness and peace in God, in submission to His Law. “….In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forever more.” Psalms 16:11

But we have shaken our little fists at God and have each turned aside from our intended purpose to go our own way (Romans 3:9-18).  We have sought  fulfillment, joy, happiness and peace in the fleeting and temporary pleasures of sin. We have traded eternal delight in the true God for a small mouth full of dust  We worship and love the creation while despising the Creator.   We have dishonored the infinite God and now our sin has taken on an infinite character.

Each one of us has become the prodigal son;  a mutinous, self-centered infantile traitor. Each one of  us a Judas and a rebel. God feeds us, sustains us, gives us air to breath and keeps our hearts beating.  He gives us good and pleasant things such as food, friends, family and more and what is our response?  We bite the hand that feeds us!  We don’t thank Him when things go well and we complain about Him when times get hard.

Our desire to free ourselves from the yoke of God’s rule and from the reality of His existence is nothing less than a declaration of war against Him. It is our little attempt to throw off His Law and govern ourselves; the created trying to usurp the authority of the creator.  The punishment for our rebellion?:  Eternal confinement under His wrath and displeasure in a place we call Hell, a place that cannot even qualify as life and is therefore called the “second death” (see Revelation 20:14).  This is the punishment for rebellion against God, as Romans 6:23 puts it “the wages of sin is death”. 
 
Because we have wanted sin so badly, God has given it dominion over us and now here we are; enslaved to our corruption and helpless to free ourselves from the guilt of our sins and the lusts of our hearts.   We are estranged from God and always fighting with each other. 

But when we could do nothing to help ourselves God provided the way of escape. He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer that death on behalf of sinners.  God became man and suffered the wrath of God that man deserved.  The Eternal God paid the eternal price that we as finite creatures could never fully pay.  “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)

Death being the punishment of sin, and Jesus having paid for sin in full, death could no longer hold Him so He arose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God the Father, receiving any who will cry out to Him for salvation! “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts:4:12

Christ lived the perfect life that God demands we live, and Christ paid the debt for sin that God demands we pay. Now His perfect life and His payment of debt can be credited to us if we will simply look to Him repentantly, humbly and in faith, as the only one able to save us.

My dear professing Atheist; refusing to acknowledge reality will not change reality in the slightest.  Refusing to believe in the God who created you will not make Him go away and cannot release you from the guilt of your sin. Acknowledge your God, surrender to Him and He will graciously receive you as His own dear child.  Look repentantly to Him and He will look favorably and compassionately upon you.

JKB

“Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.”
Isaiah 55:6, 7

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