Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An Interesting Thread

An atheist writes:

"I have no sin. I've made some poor choices and some bad judgments over the years, but we make amends where we can and move on... realize many of you need this emotional crutch to cope, and that's OK. Otherwise you'd be out killing people and such."

A Christian responds:

"What is your objection to killing people? If it's just a 'poor choice' or a 'bad judgment' what's the problem? Murderers can just make amends where they can, and move on..."

The issue here is morality. If the Creator is without morals, we are all okay. That means that there is no accountability. That means there’s no right or wrong. Rape, murder, adultery, Nazi Germany, etc., are nothing but poor choices and bad judgments. But why would any rational person seriously entertain such a philosophy? The wisdom of Solomon has the answer. Scripture says, "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil" (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

Why is it that we give ourselves to things that we know are wrong? It’s because God doesn’t respond. If a man rapes a woman and successfully silences her by threatening to take her life if she snitches, there’s no swift divine justice. The man got away with evil. When humanity gives itself to pornography, fornication, adultery, blasphemy, etc., there is no response from Heaven. God is silent when it comes to evil. So the erroneous conclusion is that God doesn’t exist, or at least He doesn’t care or hear.

There is one other conclusion. It’s the one we see (in principle) with civil law. When a criminal who gets away with murder, becomes emboldened in his crime, it doesn’t mean that civil law doesn’t care about what he’s doing. It means that he is making things worse for himself when the law catches up with him.

The same applies to humanity every time we violate God’s Law (the Ten Commandments). The Amplified Bible puts it this way (this translation takes the original Greek and brings out the depth and meaning of each word):

"And do you think or imagine, O man, when you judge and condemn those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God's judgment and elude His sentence and adverse verdict? Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God's will)? But by your callous stubbornness and impenitence of heart you are storing up wrath and indignation for yourself on the day of wrath and indignation, when God's righteous judgment (just doom) will be revealed. For He will render to every man according to his works [justly, as his deeds deserve] . . . " (Romans 2:4-6).

No one is getting away with a thing. God’s justice will be swift, severe and very thorough:

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Time will prove that to be true" (Matthew 12:36).