Atheist: One who believes there is no God
Agnostic: One who does not believe that God’s existence can be proved
Last week there were listed 4 major reasons why atheists are fools and where agnostics follow closely behind. Following is that list:
Atheists are fools because they fail to acknowledge:
That the place in which they live [the world and the universe] had to have a first cause
That the world they live in is a place of order and arrangement
Atheists are fools because they fail to acknowledge:
God as active in their consciences.
God in the historical documents of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
Finally, atheists are fools because they attempt to deny and rationalize their sin by denying that a God of justice and punishment, exists
I continue to believe that the primary reason that atheists deny God’s existence is not that they lack the intellectual smarts or logical facilities to connect the dots, but they continue their stubborn denial because they possess a love affair with their particular life and / or, lifestyle sins.
Think of it, if a person does not wish to be held accountable for his sins against an all knowing, all powerful, holy and just God, -- why not deny His reality and live as if there is no God and no accountability for one’s sins and any future hereafter judgment and punishment for those sins? Atheists and their first cousin, agnostics, go out of their way to deny God’s presence. They will deny the obvious reality of the [created] universe in all its natural beauty and order. They will even deny their sense of human justice, which is a reflection of a God created conscience that calls out, to [make] right, personal wrongs.
Atheists and agnostics utilize mind games of rejection to utter their personal proclamations of denial, as smokescreens to hide from the Almighty. Somehow, the perverted thinking of atheist and agnostics, portend that if they do not acknowledge the existence of God, who holds His human creation accountable for sins against Himself and other human beings, that therefore they can somehow escape personal responsibility to God. The atheist thinks to himself: “After all, if God does not exist [which I believe to be so] – then, I cannot be held accountable before him for my human failings and unfairly judged by this so-called Christian God who Christians say is the supreme judge, whom all must give an account.” So goes the [fuzzy] thinking of an atheist [or, an agnostic].
I like what one Biblical scholar related in his exposition of the Scripture [Psalm 14:1] which calls those who say [to themselves] that there is no God, “fools:”
The creed of the fool is “There is no God.” He does not want there to be a God, therefore he denies the existence of God. It is an irrational position to take. First of all it is a claim to omniscience; it says, “I know everything. It is not possible that a God could exist beyond the boundaries of my knowledge.” Second, this attitude claims omnipresence; it says, “I am present in all places at one and the same time, and it is not possible that God could exist any place in the universe without my knowing it.” Again, this position ignores the wonders of God in creation – the immensity of the universe, the amazingly precise movement of the planets, the marvelous suitability of the earth to sustain life, the intricate design of the human body, the fantastic complexity of the human brain and the extraordinary properties of water and soil….………
……..The possibility that all this happened by chance is too small to warrant consideration. That is why the Bible says that atheists are fools. They are moral fools. It is not a question of their intelligence quotient but of their morality quotient.
God’s verdict on these fools is that they are corrupt in themselves and that they act abominably. There is a close connection between a man’s creed and his conduct. The lower his conception of God, the lower his morals are apt to be. Either as cause or consequence, atheism and agnosticism are linked with a corrupt life. Barnes writes:
The belief that there is no God is commonly founded on the desire to lead a wicked life, or is embraced by those who in fact live such a life, with a desire to sustain themselves in their depravity and to avoid the fear of future retribution.......
Source [of above]: Psalm 14:1f -- from, “Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald – Thomas Nelson Publishers, c.1995
Scripture pronounces judgment upon those who do not know the true God -- Titus 1:15-16 But to know God – the true [Triune] God is to not only believe in His existence, but to follow Him. After all, doesn’t the Scripture say: “Faith without works is dead?” [James 2:14-26] And, as martyred Dietrich Bonhoeffer declared: “He, who believes, obeys – and, he who, obeys, believes.” [1John 2:5] All this belief and action, takes “faith.” The Scripture states, “that without faith, it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God, must believe that he exists and that he is a rewarder of them that seek him.” Hebrews 11: 6
When a person ignores God’s written revelation, [the Scriptures] he cuts Himself off from God
Didn’t Christ proclaim that He [also] comes to humanity in the Book? [Psalm 40:7] Didn’t Christ, Himself declare that the Scriptures testify of Him? [John 5:38-40] Old Testament Hebrew prophecy is rife with the declaration of the Messiah, Christ. [Example: Isaiah 53] No other human book can compare to the Scriptures, as the Scriptures contain prophecy recorded hundreds of years before its fulfillment. Scripture, itself declares its purpose. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 When a person stubbornly resists the God-given gift of the Scriptures, he ends up writing his own eternal death warrant. To neglect and ignore the Triune God’s greatest treasure, [the Scriptures] besides, that of the Lord, Christ, Himself – that is the zenith of spiritual stupidity.
The atheist and agnostic lie in their hearts when they say that there is no God and that He cannot be possibly be known to them. They say these things while they cut themselves off from the written revelation resource that can bring them, not only temporal spiritual riches, but hereafter, heavenly treasures.
How can a person “know” God in such a way as to truly believe in Him and “make his peace with God?”
Friend, -- you especially who claim yourselves to be atheistic and / or, agnostic: I wish that I could point you to a 4 or 5 point simple solution, whereby you could “buy into” to save your wretched souls. However, I have no Billy Graham, “every eye closed and every foot step forward," simple, solution for you. As hard as you may try, you can never save your soul by repeating a “sinner’s prayer.” [Only the Lord can "save" your soul]
The Bible makes it clear that all of us are sinners, both by nature and practice. Our sin not only offends ourselves and our fellow human beings, but most of all, is offensive to a holy and just God who must damn us in hell forever because of those sins. Heaven is barred from us. It is only a place of perfection. Only in the perfect life, suffering and death of the perfect Christ, who was sacrificed before God, for all of humanity’s sins, can we find acceptance and forgiveness in the eyes and heart of the true God.
But, when all is said and done, it takes “faith” for you to believe that the Creator God of this universe provided you -- His creation, a way out of your sinful mess and future dismal destruction in the hereafter, apart from all that is holy, just and perfect.
The best advice I can give anyone who does not know and experience the forgiveness of his or her sins in the person, life, death and resurrection of the Christ, is to start intently reading the Scriptures. The Scripture says that "faith comes by hearing and hearing, by the word of God." [Romans 10:17] Start reading the Gospel of John. That, Gospel alone, some say, is the most important singular piece of writing ever penned. Read what the Messiah, Christ, said about Himself. Read, what he said about your sin. Read, and read what He did for you. May the good and gracious Lord draw you by His Holy Spirit, and cause you who are dead in sins [Ephesians 2:1] to understand the spiritual. [1 Corinthians 2:14]
Please note -- see link: "What is the central teaching of the Christian Religion? -- What distinguishes it from all others?"
Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:
Old Testament Scriptures
Psalm 14:1 -- The foolishness of people
Proverbs 1:7 -- What fools despise
New Testament Scriptures
Romans 1:16-32 -- Especially note verse, 20
Romans 2:14-15 -- The God conscieness of right and wrong written in a person's heart
Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Note: The above sermon message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan Bickel