I’ve given it deep thought. I have brooded on it so long they’ll have hatched by now if they were ostrich eggs. Finally I must admit, the atheists are right! They say that it’s our faith in God that gives Him legitimacy to exist. That He feeds off our worship and if no one gave Him attention, He’d fizzle out like a glorified memory. They’re right.
The only thing with that assertion is, it’s usually made with the confusion of a person’s world for the entire world. Erasing God from your life doesn’t wipe Him off the face of the earth. Burying Him in your mind’s graveyard doesn’t put Him 6 feet under all of creation. You see before any of us felt like we could live without God and classify Him as a fable, a figment of imagination, He had already said that “…and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a depraved mind….”
People feel that by living by their own rules they poke holes in God’s omnipotence. We don’t realize that He’s made it so that our will can trump His when it comes to our lives, but that doesn’t ‘tear His bogga top’. It doesn’t matter what His plans for you are, by saying “No old man! You’re not getting into this mind. Be gone with you.” You have (for as long as you hold that thought) compromised His perfect will for you. It is really up to you alone how much or little of Him you experience in your life.
There are a few exceptions like Nebuchadnezzar where He said (paraphrased) “Wait a minute mortal man, you will eat grass till common sense grows on you with the same flair it grows on the field.” Usually though, we all wield a knife in our hands we can finish God off with in our lives.
So the atheists are right in that sense, but only if they don’t confuse a person’s world for the entire world. And oh, if only they knew the implications of their rightness!
If God dies (technically, it’s you who dies to Him…but let’s not go there po) in your life when you kill Him, then…then imagine if you gave Him life. Like, if your life is the way it is right now, with your irreverence or semi-reverence of Him, just imagine how it would be if for one day, just one day you say;
“You know what old man…or God, if that’s what you like to be called…just for one day I’m going to believe that you are God of me and all things. I’ll believe in your Holy Spirit and I’ll believe in your Son Jesus Christ. I’ll give you controlling interest in my life. I’ll put my skepticism, atheism, realism and all their cousin ‘isms’ into a one day coma and within the next 24 hours I’ll believe in salvation and the power of the resurrection. Your will will be done, not mine. I will seek you like those lost Christians do, this time I wont do so looking for reasons to question your existence, I’ll do so out of genuine thirst, for just 24 hours. I’ll pray to you and request the indwelling of your Spirit.
I will give you all the reverence a man can. If within these 24 hours that I open up to you, killing all prior preconceptions you grab me and pull me in in an irrevocable way…then these 24 hours will become my life. But if I do all these and you pull a no-show, then I’ve scored one for my home team, deal? Amen.”
I am utterly convinced if you can say and mean something like that and actually do it, kwerkweerkwer….shabalaaa. lol, the fire you will kindle inside of you eh, the oceans will vaporize if you go for a swim.
But even for those of us who already profess Christianity and drive through life like we’re giving God a lift, if we handed the wheel over completely and rather sat in the back, we will see extraordinary changes in our lives.
In the same way God dies to us when we shut Him out, He will shine through us when we let Him in. If (like the atheists say) he is present and stronger in our lives because we worship, why don’t we live a life of worship? Seriously, just think about it for a second; He dies when you ignore Him, and Lives when you worship. If He really probably is that gracious and generous and protective and loving, why don’t you experiment a true life of worship and see what comes of it?
The arguments used to disprove the existence of God –for me- double as a source of hope and confidence in him. It’s just a matter of perspective fam. The glass is half full, not half empty. I think atheists are just Christians looking at the glass half empty…but what do I know huh, I’m just some random guy…or not. It’s a perspective thing. Look at it right.
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