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LIVING WITHOUT GOD

Atheist X-mas Bus AdThe fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1 ESV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. (Romans 1:18-19 ESV)

“The atheist can’t find God for the same reason that a thief can’t find a policeman.” (Author Unknown) All human beings know that God exists. However, acknowledging the existence of God inevitably leads to understanding that we are accountable to Him. Nevertheless, we choose to rebel against the very notion of being answerable God. We choose, instead, to suppress God’s existence because we reject His sovereign rule over us.

“Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God.” (Tom Stoppard) Natural man’s worst nightmare is the existence of an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omnificent God who is perfectly holy, righteous and just. Natural man fears the light of God’s presence and chooses to hide in the darkness.

“Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:24 ESV) Men know that they cannot hide their actions from God. Night and day are the same for Him. God’s eyes are never closed and His vision cannot be limited. Every individual human being is known by Him.

“A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.” (Ravi Zacharias) Why do so many non-believers express a strong hatred of God? How is it that you can hate someone you don’t believe exists? This response is the result of desiring to make your own moral rules or have none at all. Many atheists hate the idea of God and despise Christians because they (atheists) are not really certain that God is not “out there”. Christians, prayers, and the Bible remind the godless that they are suppressing the truth and deceiving themselves. Therefore, full of narcissism, they believe they can put God in a box in the attic and make Him irrelevant.  

Without God, we lack the strength to resist our corrupt fallen natures. Without God, we cannot overcome the temptation to sin. Without God, we lack a sense of accountability and the belief in moral absolutes. Without God, we no longer believe in a Divine Judge to whom we are eventually responsible. Without God we tend to think that there is no absolute truth and therefore, everything is permissible.

Contrary to this irrational attitude, there is a God and we are capable of knowing Him, but there is also corruption in the natural man that renders us unworthy to know Him. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV) Let us rejoice in this verse that provides hope for all who live without God.

Samuel at Gilgal

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5 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

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  2. “Without God, we lack the strength to resist our corrupt fallen natures. ”

    Do you have an example of something a Christian wouldn’t do in a moral situation that an atheist couldn’t match?

    Do you have examples?

    “Without God, we cannot overcome the temptation to sin.”

    Sin is a religious term, but do you have examples of ethical behaviors that atheists can’t overcome?

    It seems to me that you’ve taken very little or no time to actually talk to an atheist. Your post is full of stereotypical nonsense.

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    • I was an atheist for 15 years of my early life. Everything you have said, I can also say I have used in arguments against theists. In contrast to your last statement, I have given atheism serious thought, study, and commitment because I was a disciple of Ayn Rand (Objectivism).

      I can see that you are intelligent and love to read. You are also committed to what you believe. I understand this and I respect your serious thinking about the deep things of life. I will not bore you by going through the typical Atheist/Christian limited debate on such an enormously important topic as ethics.

      Instead, I humbly urge you to read the New Testament (ESV) from Matthew through Revelation – every page. Read it for yourself and decide for yourself if my article is simply the result of self-delusion. I find so many people, even in the church, who have never really read and thought about the message of the Scriptures.

      Even if you continue to reject God and Christianity, you will at least understand what Christianity teaches.

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      • Thank you, Samuel.

        However, I have read the bible several times. I was also a Christian for some time.

        You also made statements and I asked you questions about them. I think if you make such statements about a whole group of people, that you should back them.

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        • Thank you for your gracious reply. However, if you have read the Bible carefully you already know the answers to why I have written these things. You should understand my worldview and my defense of what I said and why. You would also know that when I say you were never a Christian that I am simply following the teachings of Christianity. (I do not mean this as an insult)

          I appreciate your interest in my blog, but if you are convinced of your atheism I don’t think my arguments will persuade you. There are many who are better than I at apologetics. The purpose of my blog is primarily teaching what the Bible has to say to us. I have had many blog debates with atheists, but it takes up too much of my time for working on my blog and the results are usually unsatisfactory for me and the person I am writing to.

          I do want you to understand that you (an atheist) and I (a Christian) are both sinners. I do not consider myself above you in moral actions. Atheists and Christians may both do good works and follow moral rules. In Christianity however, it is all about the motivation for doing these things. In Christianity, even a good deed may be a sin if the wrong motivation is behind it.

          As for the religious term “sin”, it implies missing the mark. The God of Christianity has set absolute standards for His people. When you sin, you miss the mark of His standard. The goal of the Christian in this life is to grow more and more in the likeness of Jesus Christ.

          To really understand all that underpins these teachings, I encourage you to reread the New Testament. Thank you for your comments on my blog.

          Romans 1:16-17

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