Friday, 11 March 2016

God Also Loves Atheists

Proverbs 6:9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?

      Atheists do not exist because God does not believe in them.
      I find it humorous when someone says they are making a decision as to whether or not to make Jesus the Lord of their life. I always want to jump in and say, "Jesus is already Lord! You are simply accepting the fact of this reality by submitting to His Lordship that was eternally established from the beginning of time." 1 Pet. 1:20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 
      We have people who claim to be agnostic and feel they can keep their distance from God because they do not believe it is possible to have a relationship with a divine God. An atheist comes along and dribbles out some psycho-babel about nothing because there is nothing to believe in and so on it goes. What is it about the human condition that is always testing the love of God? Why do we have to be so stubborn? 
      We have come through hundreds of years of so-called enlightenment and can barely see how to get along with our neighbours. We claim to have gained deep insight into life's mysteries and can hardly understand our own emotions on the surface, let alone deep ones. We keep missing the spiritual because we keep looking for an intuitive worldly answer. Spiritual things must be spiritually discerned. 1 Cor 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
       The Apostle Paul was having to think through similar and established beliefs when he was trying to get through to the Corinthian mindset because they were trying to cover all the basis for all types of lifestyle choices by having ready-made gods available to cover any whim and circumstance. The people of the day had set up many gods so they could be petitioned for any possible event. Within their cluster of gods to choose from, they even had one named the unknown god.  Acts 17:23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 
      It was thought that by offering a spiritual smorgasbord of gods they could cover their lifestyle choices regardless of what their choices were. It looks to me like not much has changed since that time. Eccl. 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. 
      People, in our time and history, are still trying to make their gods work for them by self-pronounced validation of their life choices regardless of what the Almighty God has said about it. Within churches, we have people rewriting and reinterpreting clearly spelled out scriptures to suit their own sin of choice. 
      At this point, I will be accused by some of not having an open mind because of what I have just implied. Our minds should not be so open that our brains are falling out. Righteousness is righteousness and sin is sin! Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
      It is God who tells us to be reconciled to Himself and not a suggestion as to whether we want to or not. It is a divine instruction to do so. 2 Cor. 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 
      You may not believe God exists or you may believe that you cannot have a divine relationship with Him, but this does not eliminate our personal invitation from God to accept His loving gift of salvation through Christ the Lord. You may have rejected God's eternal offer, but you have been served with His edict of love. Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
      Atheism, agnosticism, and every other humanism is not enlightenment. It is the belief of believing in nothing which is creating empty souls and resulting in a generation of spiritual sloths. Christ describes these so-called teachers of nothingness; the blind leading the blind. Matt. 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 
      God loves atheists, agnostics, and humanists alike. Christ died for every person ever created. God believes in you. If He did not believe in you, He would not have created you. God knows our eternal potential and purpose, so why would we hand our created purpose over to some self-proclaimed Anti-Christ or a teacher of emptiness? 
      No, its time to wake up from the sleep of the slothful. Jesus is Lord of all and every knee will bow to that fact. We can bow now and live in the joy of the Lord, or bow on the other side of death and weep. Either way, we will all bow to the Lordship of Jesus. Phil. 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in the heavens and on earth and under the earth. Jesus is Lord!

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