Sunday, October 27, 2013
the skeptical atheist
Recently I had a conversation with a friend who professed to be an atheist because even though he attended church as a young man - it just "didn't stick". He has decided there simply in not a God. It was not a situation where a debate should happen but I began to think about just why I think there is a God because it is important to share that information under the right circumstances.
To just flat out say there is no God and be wrong has horrible consequences. To say yes there is a God (and that there is evil in the world because of Satan) and be right and follow the teachings of the Bible, leads to eternal life. In my recent past: maybe there really is a God and I should look hard for Him by studying the Bible, history, and prophecy - saying prayers and giving thanks and praise and observing the outcome of that communication - and listening closely to teachings of Christians I respect. Ultimately, His existence has become obvious to me with just an open mind and a little effort on my part. Although I now know God is real...for the sake of argument, there is another outcome to consider. To say there is a God and be wrong. If everyone jumped on that bandwagon yet it turned out to be a false hope, by following the greatest commandments we would all ultimately die a final death but at least there would be heaven on earth.
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear , O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this , Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.