Featured in the June, 2011 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
All atheists are not the same size, shape or are they are painted in the same color. Among the many kinds of atheists, there is the …
This is the atheist who says. . .
“I don’t need God.” He’s quite confident he can handle life by himself. He’s a smart fellow, well-educated, has his life pretty well in hand, and is fairly successful. Why should he bother with God? He’s doing just fine. He does not need to be dependent upon any deity. Of course, in his foolish over confidence he has neglected to plug in some facts, which some day will bring him to a very sharp awareness that there might be some situation which he cannot handle, such as death! Then, there is also the . . .
Here’s the fellow who says. . .
“There is no help, no hope, no future, no use living.” This person sees no plan because he does not see the Planner. He does not believe there’s any purpose in life because he does not acknowledge Who’s in charge. Circumstances overwhelm him, life is too much, and nothing seems to have meaning. He has moved from discouragement to doubt to despair. But then there is also the . . .
Here’s one that says. . .
“I really can’t afford to admit God’s existence.” He is smart enough to see that if he acknowledges God, then there are Ten Commandments, consequences for breaking them, a final judgment and eternal hell. He is stupid enough to think that he can erase reality instead of understanding that the solution to his moral problem is repentance for sin and receiving salvation through Jesus Christ. He has chosen to live in the fantasy world of atheism. Then, we also notice there is the . . .
He says. . .
“I’m too busy to think about religion and give any thought to this God-stuff. I work long hours and have a long commute and with family responsibilities and my golf hobby, my life is more than full. Apart from being a little overworked, I’m satisfied with myself and my life, and really have no inclination to bother with God.” Then, there’s also the . . .
Here’s the person who . . .
“Believes” everything, but lives like there is no God. Yes, he comes to church. Yes, he carries his Bible. Yes, he has all the doctrines lined up like soldiers ready to go on parade. But, he spends most of his time as if there is no God. He spends most of his money like there is no God. He indulges in the pastimes and pleasures of the world just like the people who do not believe there is any God. Intellectually, he acknowledges all the right stuff, but practically his life is divorced from God. And then we must mention the . . .
Sadly, this is all of us!
Of course you believe in God, the true God, the triune God, the God Who reveals Himself in Holy Scriptures. You believe in God and so do I. But there are forgetful moments, weak moments, careless moments when it is very evident that this bed-rock, solid belief in Almighty God is not impacting what we say, what we do or how we think. These are frightening moments. They are dangerous moments. These are the times we catch ourselves sinning, these are the moments we regret. In those awful moments, decisions were made which were hurtful to us and harmful to others.
Oh, to live vibrantly and conscientiously in the glorious presence of God all of the time!