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Monday, January 23, 2006

You Believe!

You believe in something or someone. If you are capable of thinking at all, then you have a belief system that you depend on to help guide your decisions in life. I, for instance, have faith in God and with that faith I have a moral compass and a foundation for my decisions in life. I believe the Bible is inspired, true and dependable as a message from the Creator of the Universe.

One gets weary of hearing atheists and agnostics claim that they “just don’t believe.” Many atheists will tell you that they aren’t religious. Baloney! Just as Muslims and Buddhists have a religion so do atheists and agnostics. Atheists believe in the absence of God and put their faith in that concept. Agnostics put their faith in the idea that God is unknowable or that the existence of God doesn’t matter. They both have faith that my faith is unreliable.

Yes, you have a religion. Your god may be yourself, or the concept of the Superman, or money, or Satan, or your girlfriend….but something or someone is on the throne of your life and if it isn’t Jesus Christ then someone else is there. Plenty of people simply worship themselves and the desire to have as much pleasure as they can over the course of their lives.

The problem with atheists in particular is that they cannot abide believers in God. God represents responsibility. God represents accountability. Atheists wish to be accountable solely to themselves. Many of those behind the idea of “separation of church and state” really want separation of church FROM state because they don’t even wish to be reminded of the concept of a Creator to whom they might owe their existence. For this reason atheists tend to be very ardent Darwinists because they need another explanation for their being, one that involves no Higher Power to bring man into existence.

This article prompted my post:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0123root_dawkins.asp

Go and see what you think…

Mere Orthodoxy Wants to discuss Heaven.

6 comments:

Debbie said...

True, atheists make themselves god so they can judge God. They can pick up a Bible and see God giving orders to Joshua to kill every man, woman and child of the people in their "promised land". Or see God requiring bloody animal sacrifice. They can judge God for what they see as cruelty. It makes them feel good that they are morally superior. They don't understand where morals come from in the first place and that all moral judgement comes from the apsolute truth they deny.

REkz said...

re: God & Bible:

Which one is true? Did you know that each translation has different meanings?

What was Jesus' real name in the New Testament? Did you know it wasn't Jesus? It was closer to "Yehoshua", and Jesus is the Roman/Latin translation.
(Just like Christopher Columbus was actually Cristobal Colombo.)

Did you know that there were no non-Jewish Christians until after Jesus was dead, b/c Paul (who had never met Jesus) decided his ministry was to convert non-Jews?

Did you know that Jesus practiced Judaism and that he wanted a world where no one practiced violence against another? The bible says he wanted his followers to abandon their belongings and walk to other towns with minimal posessions to help others?

Do you follow those requests?

What does believing that the book was true have to do with what Jesus was asking of you?

Seems to me like most people get hung up on the concept "God will forgive you for your sins" without realizing the context of that statement -- it requires that the sinner apologize to the victim and have the apology be accepted. Or at least, that's what he appears to have said.

As for me, I believe that some people throughout the ages are deeply inspired by 'a force' that comes from the universe somehow. They are prophets who show us better ways to live, ways without violence and that encourage a respect and flourishing of variety. I believe Jesus may have been one of them, but I doubt he was the only one -- and he didn't think he was the only one either. He believed in the Prophets Moses (Moshe) and Abraham (Avraham).

The idea that God is anthropomorphic is outrageous to me. WHY would an all powerful, all-knowing entity chose to be human? That makes no sense to me.

Then again, maybe 'the force' wanted to play a 'video game' and came to Earth to check things out?

PEACE was the main message of Jesus, I believe. But who really follows that message daily?

PEACE = SHALOM = SALAM = PAZ

radar said...

Jesus is more like "Yeshua", actually. The same name is often translated "Joshua". Your point?

Jesus was required by prophecy to preach to the Jews first. Once they rejected him, then salvation was open to all men of every race.

JOHN 1:11 & 12 - "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."

The scriptures were written in Aramaic, Hebrew and Koene Greek. Unless you read and speak those languages, you must read a translation. However, concordances and lexicons are available to help one understand difficult passages. The translations are largely the same.

The primary sin anyone has is against God, because you have broken His laws. Jesus came to take the penalty for the sins of man, take the sin upon himself and offer himself up for a sacrifice in our place. If you decide to accept his gift, his sacrifice, then your sins have been dealt with. If not, you receive the judgement for your sins.

JOHN 3:18 "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."

Whether you apologize and/or make amends with other people is a separate issue. Good to do it, but has nothing to do with salvation.

Jesus declared himself equal with God because he was the Son, God expressed in the flesh. He willingly took on material form to be able to be like us and yet triumph over sin so that he could redeem us. He taught from the Law and the Prophets but remember that he also said, ""I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"" (John 8:58). I am in Hebrew is what God called himself when speaking to Moses from the burning bush and no Jew would ever say "I am" because it would be making yourself equal with God. They would say, "I a fisherman" not "I am a fisherman".

In Matthew 10:34, Jesus said "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." He knew the many of the religious leaders of the day were set in their ways and comfortable in their religion, not looking for truth. The had outward appearance and a comfy relationship with Rome. He knew his teachings would shake things up. Jesus taught the Law so that man could see the impossibility of living up to the letter of the Law and realize his need for a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ the Son.

Finally, why would God take on the form of man? Because of love:

John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Rekz, I went to Seminary as well as secular college and have studied the Bible for many years, having read through every single book multiple times. Much of what you think is in there is not but it is a big book I grant you. But one approaches God by faith, not knowledge and I came to God in that way. Knowledge has come along in time, along the way. The offer to receive salvation is the issue and I hope you reconsider the possibilities. This is a God of love and hope and Jesus the means by which He connected with us personally.

Robin Lionheart said...

Radar ascribes to atheists, “Yes, you have a religion. Your god may be yourself...” and Debbie seconds, “True, atheists make themselves god so they can judge God.”

And since people who believe themselves to be God are atheists, that’s why God is an atheist.~

radar said...

Lionheart, eh?

Atheists believe that there is not a god or, if they are Atheopaths, they do think there is a God and they hate God. They come in both flavors.

When someone rejects God, they wind up making themselves their own authority and so a humanistic atheist sits on the throne and makes his own judgments of right and wrong rather than acknowledging that God the Creator is the only rightful Lawmaker.

But your twisted logic strangles itself before it gets to the end. What people think doesn't change Who God is. You can be illogical as you wish but frankly this statement;

"And since people who believe themselves to be God are atheists, that’s why God is an atheist.~ "

That statement is incomprehensible. Is there a point you are attempting to make here? If so, please make it.

radar said...

Lionheart, eh?

Atheists believe that there is not a god or, if they are Atheopaths, they do think there is a God and they hate God. They come in both flavors.

When someone rejects God, they wind up making themselves their own authority and so a humanistic atheist sits on the throne and makes his own judgments of right and wrong rather than acknowledging that God the Creator is the only rightful Lawmaker.

But your twisted logic strangles itself before it gets to the end. What people think doesn't change Who God is. You can be illogical as you wish but frankly this statement;

"And since people who believe themselves to be God are atheists, that’s why God is an atheist.~ "

That statement is incomprehensible. Is there a point you are attempting to make here? If so, please make it.