Category: truth


“And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” (Obama at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast)

Sadly, I suspect that many Christians will see this and not realize what a distortion of truth it represents. Facts are essential so that we maintain an honest perspective on reality and, therefore, have the ability to analyze current events properly. Misrepresentation of the facts of history is a critical component in controlling contemporary opinion. Look for increasing examples illustrating deceptive rewrites of the history of the Crusades. This is only the beginning of efforts to remake Christianity in the image of radical Islam.

 

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All Saints Weekly Devotional

Volume 2 Number 6

May 9, 2013

No True Atheists

From Pastor Bordwine

 

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,

His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,

being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

(Romans 1:20)

According to the Bible, true atheism is impossible. You may question the accuracy of this statement because you have probably encountered someone who claimed to be an atheist. Generally speaking, such a person means that they do not believe in God and, moreover, do not believe that there is a God. But there is one teaching in Scripture that contradicts such an assertion. It has to do with the fact that we are created beings.

Theologians refer to this doctrine as “an awareness of divinity.” They mean that we all have a natural knowledge of God’s existence because God has planted such perception in our souls and has made His existence apparent in creation. (cf. Psalm 19:1 “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”) As created beings, our minds “automatically” recognize that we have a Creator. Because this awareness is part of what we are—beings created in God’s image—it cannot be erased. It is an inner testimony that never ceases to speak. (cf. Romans 1:18, 19 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.”)

Due to sin, however, this awareness is corrupted and suppressed by the sinner and this results in manifold attempts to find and worship that which we perceive to be greater than ourselves. Therefore, every culture, even the most primitive, develops a religious expression by which the people seek to acknowledge One greater than themselves. Every tribe has given a prominent place to the idea of a superior being (or beings). These ideas are always inaccurate because, as just noted, sin distorts everything in our existence, including our thinking. The fault is not to be found in God, but in us—specifically in us as fallen creatures.

In Romans 1:20, quoted at the beginning of this devotional, Paul concludes that mankind “is without excuse” when it comes to knowing, acknowledging, and serving God. Obviously, he could not make such a dramatic statement if, in fact, it were possible for a man to escape this natural internal witness to the existence of his Creator. In the context of this verse, as just noted, Paul explains that man suppresses this natural awareness of God because it runs counter to his corrupted concept of himself and the world around him. He cannot eliminate this testimony from God, but sin keeps him from accurately interpreting it.

There is no such thing, therefore, as true atheism. For true atheism to exist, a man would have to rid himself of that which is part of his makeup. This is something that cannot be done. Fallen man may fight against this knowledge and, as already explained, give perverted expression to it by worshiping rocks and trees and various other creations of his own sinful mind, but he cannot eradicate that which God has implanted within us. (cf. Romans 1:23 “. . . and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” Psalm 115:4-7 “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; they have eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but they cannot hear; they have noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but they cannot feel; they have feet, but they cannot walk; they cannot make a sound with their throat.”)

At this point, you may be wondering why I would choose such a topic for a devotional. The purpose of these devotionals is to provide encouragement as we go about our normal routines during the week. And there is a practical implication of this doctrine that provides much-needed encouragement and hope when it comes to our interaction with other people.

A believer and unbeliever have only one thing in common and that is a fact that they both come from the hand of God. As His special creatures, therefore, they both have this testimony of God’s existence, power, and wisdom within. When the believer speaks to the unbeliever about the gospel, for example, he is speaking truth that resonates with the natural awareness of God that resides in the heart of that unbeliever. This is their point of contact.

Assuming that I have this point of contact with unbelievers, I may be encouraged that my testimony is never given in vain, but will be used by the Holy Spirit as He sees fit. This fact also gives me hope because I know that the Biblical witness I provide will ring true with that knowledge of the Creator implanted in that person’s soul.

Those many conversations that you have with various people—members of your family, friends, and even strangers on occasion—are not wasted efforts regardless of how that individual responds. Scripture declares:

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10, 11)

As you consider this devotional, I trust that you will find encouragement in your efforts to speak to others about your faith, especially if you have grown weary because you have yet to see evidence of the Spirit’s activity. As long as you are speaking Biblically and prayerfully, you may be confident that the promise made in the verses above will certainly apply to your attempts to convey the truth of God to those who are yet trapped in darkness.