Many Christians get shaken up by the latest big words and fancy ideas coming from dead souls called atheists and scoffers. Have you ever come across people who scoff at God? Just last night I was involved in a heated discussion with two co-workers (one living a homosexual life style, and the other also living a life of the sins of the flesh). They bellish out how a bunch of men have gotten together to write the Bible. They get into evolution and how when we die, we just die. They don’t believe in afterlife, but live for the here and now. The other one says how she believes in “morality,” but yet is an open lesbian. They scoff that everybody has their own interpretation of the Bible and many opinions abound. One even said, “God causes hatred.”
How do we handle such issues? I have found it doesn’t do any good to get into issues like evolution, who wrote the Bible, does God exist, etc. Why? Because Romans chapter 1 tells us exactly where these people (scoffers and atheists or whatever they want to call themselves) are coming from! We only need to start with the first chapter of Romans, for it tells us that they KNOW God is. They lie so much to themselves that they begin to believe there is no God, BUT, get to know them and you find things like guilt, hurt, hatred, despondency, need, and emptiness plague these people.
The bottom line is that God gives everybody a CONSCIENCE. Conscience is God’s voice in Mankind. Conscience by its nature is a spiritual instinct, which, in time (as they get older), clearly differentiates between good and evil, even if they do not know the laws of God (Romans 2:14). He who listens to the voice of his conscience will never regret or be ashamed of his behavior.
Let’s look at Romans chapter 1:
1:18-23 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
It goes on to say, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Rom. 1:24-32)
As you can see, the word of God tells us about such people. They KNOW God is real. This is an established fact. They can scoff about your God or argue that God does not exist, but there is no need to feel boxed in. You don’t need to prove God’s existence to evil men. Show them the word of God. Get right to Romans chapter 1. No matter what they say, they cannot defeat the word of God with their big words or fancy ideas, they only condemn themselves. The wrath of God hangs over their head like a storm cloud that never goes away (John 3:36) unless they come to realize that their sins have separated them from God and the only chance they have is to repent (forsake their sins) and turn to God for mercy, hope and forgiveness. If they reject God, when they die, it will be everlasting too late.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)
Jesus said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3:19)
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
“But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” (Acts 26:20)
Here is a question to ask the atheist, which NO atheist can answer: Do you have proof or evidence that atheism is accurate and correct?
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