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(THE MAAKING OF AN ATHEIST!!!)
SCRIPTURE - Psa 14:1 JANUARY, 2006
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
SUBJECT - THE MAKING OF AN ATHEIST
There you have it. Straight from the bible, the Word of God.
Anyone that, makes the statement, in their heart, that there is no God, is a fool.
To understand what it means, by the statement, 'in their heart', usually means, it is their 'core belief.'
Meaning, it is a rooted and grounded part of their personality. They live, eat, and sleep, atheism.
When anyone mentions anything about God, they, the atheist, will challenge them, and start saying things, that, if you didn't know the person was an atheist, you will know it, by the things that they say.
This is the same formula that identifies a Christian. As is talked about the heart and mouth relationship, in Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,
this is what puts the seal of identification, on a person.
Jesus made the statement, that also solidifies this, when He said, [Mat 12:34] O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
So, the atheist, the 'true atheist', just like the Christian, the 'true Christian', has this lifestyle, rooted in their hearts.
Now, the question to be asked, is just how does a person, become an atheist??
Are they born like this, or is it something that they grow in to?? And, if so, just how, or rather, what factors cause them to become, the people they are??
Well, the same thing holds true for them, as it does for the Christian.
Neither, is born that way. And it is a lifestyle, that comes about by choice. Everyone of us, encounters things in our live, that help mold our minds, and way of thinking, that, in the end, will determine, which path
we ultimately take.
Christians, and atheists, speaking from the Christian perspective, are the two extremes of our society. One, believes in God, while the other rejects Him, totally.
Now, as the bible tells us, we all, are born, not knowing anything about God, and have a nature, (sin), that is totally at odds with Him Rom 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
So, we all, have the same things going for us. which is, nothing.
That means, something has to happen, in our lives, to either draw us to God, or drive us away from Him. You see, there are those that, may not really be seeking God, but they don't, completely reject the fact that there is a God. they just have doubts about Him. They are called agnostics. And then, there are those that, involve themselves with other gods.
So, the human race, runs the whole gambit of believing in some divine order of things.
So, how do we come to believe in God, or not??
Well, it usually comes from our parents. They have the responsibility of teaching us about Him. But, there is a problem. Where, or rather, who, taught them?? How about their parents?? And them?? Their parents.
And on it goes.
So, who, do you think it is, that is responsible for teaching anybody, about God?? How about God, Himself?? If God wants us to know about Him, then, it would seem to me, that He would initiate the process, to draw us to Him. Right??
Well, God, has done, just that, ever since He created us. He has always made Himself known to us, so that we could have His blessing, on our lives.
At first, He talked to us audibly. Then, He sent men, and women, anointed by Him, to deliver His message to us.
So, if the message is delivered to us, then just what is it about the message, that would turn people, totally against God, and to proclaim,
that He isn't even real??
After all, if a message is true, then why would a person, call it a lie??
The answer, is, the message, that the messenger delivers.
You see, the messenger, is the key, to what the result of the message, he
If he delivers the message, the way God gave it to him, then, in most cases, the person hearing the message, will respond positively to it, and come to God.
But, if the message is not, delivered correctly, then it will lead a person being misguided in just what God is really like, and can lead to their, totally rejecting God altogether.
Now, how is this??
Well, if you are told something, that is said to be the truth, but all of the evidence, points to it being something else, then, after a while, you will no longer accept it. And the more evidence that occurs, to prove it to be something else, the more they reject it, until they finally reject anything, that remotely refers to there being a God.
But, how can this be?? It all falls back on, not God, but the messenger.
You see, if God is responsible for doing what is necessary to get us to believe in Him, then that means, He will back up everything He says, with some sort of action, to prove that He is, who He says He is. Right??
After all, if He, is all powerful, and able to, in the case of Christianity, heal all sorts of diseases, and control, all of the forces of nature, and the devil, and promises good things to those that believe in Him, then He will do what He says, to give us the evidence we need, to put our faith, in Him.
So, we see that God obligates Himself to perform His promises, so we can see, that He is, real.
However, one thing He will not do, is compromise, on that message. This means, He will not do anything, that will give evidence that His message, can be altered, and still do what He promised, to those that abided by the unaltered message.
This is where we get atheists.
Somewhere, in their lives, someone, led them to believe something about God, that wasn't true. And when what they were told, did not, go along with their experience, they figured it out to be a lie. And the more things that happened, to reinforce that conclusion on their part, the more they resented it.
Experiences that everyone has, are indicators to us, just what life is about, and if we are to get to the place where we understand all about it, then that means that we understand God. And that is what He wants for us to do.
But, He has laid the blueprint, and we have to follow it.
But, some preachers, who are supposed to be delivering this blueprint to us, have altered it, and it is no longer, God's blueprint, but man's. Why have they done this?? To satisfy their own, minds, or the minds of others. Meaning to make others, or themselves, feel good. But, the end result is trouble.
What possible motive would a person have to do this?? One word, prestige.
People will pat others on the back, and say anything, to get that person, to follow them, and lift them up on a pedestal. They will tell others, only the things that they feel, will endear that person, to them. Even when it means altering God's Word, to do it.
Some simple examples of this, occur, say for instance, when a child, is brought up, being told about how God is love, and He loves all of us. And that all He does, is good. Then, this child's parent(s), die(s), and at the funeral, the preacher, God's messenger says, 'God needed them in Heaven, so He called them home.' What do you think this child is going to think about a God, that took their parent(s) from them?? They are going to hate Him.
Or it could be the other way around. A mother, has a child, that dies, or gets killed at a young age, and they are told that this child, was called home, because God needed this little angel, in Heaven, so He took them. What type of God, could possibly give a woman a child, and let them get bonded, then take them away, from her?? No one would want to serve a God like that.
Here, in these instances, the image of God, has been corrupted, by blaming Him, for something, that He had no part in.
Even though the preacher, may have had no intention of causing someone to begin to reject God, by trying to comfort a person, in their sorrow, that is what starts them on the road to atheism. And this is just the simple stuff.
If a person can't understand something, this simple, then what do you think will happen, when more complicated things arise??
Have you noticed, how many times, atheists, can quote bible scriptures?? That usually means, they have bible knowledge. But, that knowledge, has been perverted, because, a lot of churches, are pastored by men, and sometimes women, who completely ignore parts of the bible scriptures, that would reveal, the impression they are trying to present of God, is erroneous.
It is this small, little bit of misinformation, that will destroy a person, in soul and spirit, and set them on a path to hell.
Because after that, any one that tries to convince them that they are wrong, the more bitter they get. And after that, they will start going on the attack against Christians. And when they do that, they are, in effect, attacking God. And He will respond with judgment, and cursing on them, which makes them even more bitter.
All of this, because of a little misinformation.
The bible says, Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
They are being destroyed, because of a lack of knowledge about God, which causes them to reject Him. Then He rejects them, and that is the endless cycle.
So, if we want to know what makes an atheist, all we have to do, is look at the preacher. The one that is probably the most popular in the community. The one whose church, is the biggest, with the best of all the amenities that a church should have. Fine carpeting, cushioned pews, air conditioning, stained glass windows, and the rest.
Then, when trouble comes, do you know what they do then?? They find some way, to blame, the ones, that are preaching the truth. They call them 'religious nuts', and such.
But, remember this, Jesus speaking, John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
There's hope for the atheist in the Truth.