In general, atheism denies the existence of God and has a wide range of beliefs, from “God does not exist” to “God should not exist”. Moderate atheists believe that God is a myth, whereas hard-line atheists believe that God, myth or not, should not be able to intervene in the lives of humans.
The underlying subtext of atheism has changed over time and it has become the #metoo movement of the spirit world. In the past, the primary arguments of atheism focused on fossils and carbon dating, but that has changed. Ironically, modern atheists want to meet God head on. Neo-atheists are not just trying to convince people to reject an unseen God, but to reject a seen one. They want God removed, regardless of “visible status”. They believe that no one should want to see a god who ignores the cries of the suffering.
Historically, atheists have challenged the existence of God from a purely academic point of view, using science to back up their claims, whereas modern Neo-atheists are challenging the concept of God from a socio-economic platform. Atheists used to say, “Show me your God and I’ll believe it, otherwise no thank you!”, but atheists today are saying something quite different. Neo-atheists are saying … “Even if you show me your God, I will not trust this being!”
Neo-atheists are not “dismissing” God, they are “disowning” God, because of institutional abuse in religion, and a perceived lack of compassion on the part of heaven. Atheists believe that “god”, real or not, is a meme that is used to manipulate and control people.
Neo-atheists are so angry with the soul-crushing state of the world, that they have transitioned from “testing the authenticity of God”, to “suing God for negligence”. They believe that the violence expressed in the bible supports their conclusions, and they do not want anything to do with the God of the bible. Also, most atheists do not believe in hell, but they would rather go to hell than spend time with a god who abandoned humankind. They would rather take their chances with a devil who commits crime, than align themselves with a god who they believe should have stopped it.
In general, atheists have transitioned from testing God’s “truth” to testing God’s “trust”. There are @25,000 children who die every day on planet earth, and millions more who are injured, sick, malnourished, abandoned, and abused, and Neo-atheists say that God is to blame. In the greatest of ironies, Neo-atheists are waiting for God to reappear, just so that they can put God on trial. They are a part of an ever growing list of groups who are preparing for the convergence of an observable God.
The whole world is preparing to meet its Maker but in the weird weird world we live in, atheists are preparing for that too. Atheists will never be able to get rid of God, but they will be able to highlight the issues and questions that make many religious leaders nervous … questions that deserve answers … questions that ferret out the truth.
Neo-atheists want to change the global dialogue to one that is morality based, and the real kicker is … God wants that too. Atheists may not realize it, but some of their core tenets are more closely aligned with the bible than with anyone else.
Many atheists say, “I will never darken the doors of a church again!” They were raised in a church setting and know all too well its dirty, not so little secrets, and they learned to equate the Name of God with corruption, manipulation and abuse. They prayed with congregations for the healing of parents and children only to watch them die, and then they eventually separated themselves from church, family and friends over the emptiness and loss. However, in the heat of the moment, and in the anger and PTSD, they accused God of what only humans and a fallen world were capable of.
Jesus addressed these concerns in the bible. He said that religious and political leaders are often at war with heaven, and they try to imitate God in order to deceive people.
Matthew 15:8 (KJV)
This people draweth nigh unto Me [Jesus] with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.
Jesus called them out because like thieves they took from the poor to give to themselves.
Matthew 23:14, 33 KJV
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: …
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Atheists want to get rid of harmful leaders, and so does God. How ironic is it that modern day crusaders doing the work of Jesus Christ call themselves atheists?
Jesus gave the disciples the power to heal. It was always God's intention for humans to have control over their own health.
Matthew 10:1 KJV
And when He [Jesus] had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
However, Jesus also addressed the issue of failed healings. Sometimes even His disciples could not make it happen or sustain it. They had lost the ability to do the will of God on the earth. In the following passage a man complained to Jesus about the disciples and their lack of ability to heal:
Matthew 17:16-21 KJV
16 And I [a father of a sick child] brought him [the child] to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to Me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Jesus said that if we lack God’s power, then we also lack the God who gives the power. He said [paraphrase], “Do not represent Me if you cannot represent Me fully!” It is a wake up call to those who call themselves Christians or Atheists.
2 Timothy 3:5 KJV
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
God is more disappointed with the condition of the earth than anyone, including atheists, and it is absolutely fascinating that at the close of one age and the start of another, atheists are one of the loudest voices declaring that the status quo is not good enough anymore. In the same frame of mind, Christians too have been leaving churches in droves, looking for a more honest and true relationship with God. The good news is that God has been waiting for just such a time.
The following essay is a review of atheism, its philosophies, pros and cons, and its place in the evolution of human-kind. Both Christians and atheists are examining themselves and the world around them, but they need to be aware that while God is prodding them to ask the tough questions, there are people in every revolution who are worse than the ones in the past.
Humans have a long ways to go to reconcile their understanding of God with the condition of the world they live in, but God is waiting for a generation to do just that and to continue the work that Jesus began.
2. MODERATE vs HARD-LINE
Regardless of how much anger atheists have, they need to clarify their views about God. The moderates are against wanna-be human-made religious demi-gods, but the hard-liners are against all authority including that of the actual God.
The ultimate objective of most atheists is to establish a “hands off” policy. However, there are significantly different approaches within the group. The moderates say “We can do better than a false god!” and “We are better off without a false god!” However, the hard-liners are different. They carry a sentiment that is similar to the one made by Adam and Eve in the opening pages of the bible. Adam and Eve said “We can do better than THEE God” and “We are better off without THEE God”.
Adam and Eve walked with a visible and highly tangible God. They were not a couple of teens raiding an orchard, rather they were sentient beings trying to rewrite universal laws. Flying under the radar of the actual God of the universe was not enough for them, so they decided to do something about it. They decided to un-seat the sovereign authority that was over them, and the result was a separation from God.
As a group, atheists range from the disillusioned to the disgusted, but individuals within the group need to understand that some of them have an axe to grind with the real God, while others are simply trying to be secular. Some blame God (who they publicly say does not exist), some blame organized religion, and some confuse the two.
Adam and Eve blamed God for not giving them access to the entire garden. They gambled that they could desecrate God’s Holy sites and that God wouldn’t react, but they were wrong. People who call themselves atheists need to figure out just how far they are willing to go. Atheists rant against God, but so do many Christians. The rant is not the problem. Being frustrated and angry with the world, or with God, is not a deal breaker. Those who want to stop sickness and abuse are aligning themselves with Jesus, and words to that effect are a part of every sound bite that Jesus made. Being infuriated was never a line in the sand. The cut-off for Adam and Eve … and for all humans … occurs when they decide to de-throne God.
To be clear, trying to get rid of God is a total waste of time … it can’t be done, and one day science will prove it, because telescopes, microscopes and algorithms will “see” God’s Name stamped on everything. The science that atheists so heavily depend upon to prove their theories, will in the future prove them wrong, and they will have to confront a real God.
Atheists and Christians believe that meeting God face to face will give them credence or make their case more virtuous, but they are wrong. Many humans have met God but it was not and never will be a game changer. For example, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, Cain murdered his brother, Noah barely survived the flood, Abraham fled to Egypt, Jacob cursed his children who became generations of slaves, David set up his best friend to die, and various prophets hid in caves. All of these people had met God but they doubted the words in their own mouths. Even the devil knew God, but it only made the devil more jealous.
The real game changer happens when the essence of God gets down on the inside of a heart, and even then it is a relationship that has to be nurtured. It is important to understand that there are hard-line atheists who do not want that to happen to anyone, not just themselves. They want to eradicate “reverence” for God. Like Adam and Eve, their world view has no room for a sovereign deity. Their hallmark is that they are not content with civic justice, unless they can prevent God from being a part of it too. They want the spotlight and the control for themselves. In the greatest of ironies, they want to be the God they hate.
In simple speak … hard-line atheists want to be in charge and they believe that they can do a better job of it than God, and if not, they want the satisfaction of taking everyone else down with them.
In contrast, moderate atheists are borderline agnostics, and are somewhat “meh?” towards God. They have the ability to parse the difference between the concept of church and an evil church leader, which ironically is a gift that many Christians have lost. Many moderates are at the forefront of voicing God’s concerns to the world, but they are at the disadvantage of not giving God the respect that God deserves.
The summary is that the moderates want to take “evil” off the throne whereas the hard-liners want to take “God” off the throne. The hard-liners do not want to wait around and see what God is like, they just want God gone. There is a big difference. The goals and language often sounds the same, but they are not. The moderates have room for a provable God, but the hard-liners do not.
It will be interesting to see how each behaves in the presence of an anti-Christ. The moderates will be more inclined to follow an anti-anything as long as it looks democratically good, but the hard-liners will not. How ironic is that? How weird will it be when the hard-line atheists will be among the last hold outs who stand against an imposter of God?
The bible documents the original “Game of Thrones” between Adam, Eve and God, and almost every chapter thereafter chronicles the epic struggles between humans who want to eliminate their competition. From the very first verse, which some say is a reference to a pre-Adamic civilization that was formless, void and dark, to the very last verse that references a realm that is so valuable to God, that Jesus claims it in victory, one thing remains constant, human thrones are all short lived.
Human thrones come and go but God’s throne is outside of time and permanent. Human thrones are like the bubbles under the mud of a hot springs. They start small with a pocket of toxic air, then they grow and rise up to the surface where they burst spectacularly, spewing mud everywhere.
There are satellites that scan the surface of the earth, and they have radar-like tools that map the ground regardless of the trees or other foliage. These radars have revealed that the earth is covered in the ruins of ancient civilizations that were once great but have since disappeared. The pattern consistent with human rule is one of boom and bust, whereas the pattern of God is one of eternal life.
Every bible story teaches us a lesson about thrones and the people who surround them. In the Old Testament, there is a fascinating story about a young man named Jotham, who hid and barely escaped as his oldest brother went on a rampage and killed forty of their brothers, in order to secure the throne for himself. As the crowd who paid forty pieces of silver for the crime to take place cheered on, Jotham became incensed and climbed a nearby mountain to deliver the following insightful rebuke:
Judges 9:8-15 KJV
8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.
11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?
12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.
13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.
15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
Jotham warned the crowd that his brother as king would not be an honourable ruler, but a thorn bush who would cut, tear and keep them in his cold shadow for the rest of their lives, and would plummet them into a permanent state of jealous war with their neighbours. Jotham also laid the blame for the horror on the “omission” of those who knew better and didn’t step up. The olive tress and a succession of other trees failed in their duty to remove the potential for abuse from the scene.
God is misrepresented by humans all the time, and not just by imposters but by those who fail to protect the innocent. Humans do not always have the collective wisdom to choose good leaders, and they will often willingly subject themselves to institutional abuse, just so they can put someone other than God over their heads. Some do it for personal gain and others do it because they have no where else to go. The entire bible is dedicated to pleading with people to take note of history and to worship a real God on a real Holy throne.
The first six chapters of the bible in the Old Testament describe the extraordinary rise and fall of humans from perfection to utter chaos. Pure evil grates against holiness, and it is catastrophic, not just on people but on all of nature.
In the absence of light and under the weight of darkness, flowers wilt, crops fail, water turns murky, plagues creep in, the economy spirals, and wars break out. It is not a stretch to say that corrupt humans on corrupt thrones bring about broad spectrum corruption and ruin. It is the same story told over and over every day in the news, and it is recorded worldwide in literature, movies, music and art.
Atheists understand that pollution in all of its forms, political, emotional and physical, have deep and long lasting effects. Why can they not see that their nemesis … the bible, is simply making the same point, by showing that evil begets evil across all metrics in the universe?
Shakespeare says the same thing … his works show that other than God, there are no perfect leaders. The consequence of putting a human ego on a throne, is that eventually something will break, the wheels will come off and there will be hell to pay.
Hard-line atheists do not agree. They believe that it is OK if evil evolved, but not if evil was inherent in the original design. Hard-line atheists believe that if God had been an atheist, then God should have left humans on the drawing board as nothing more than a blueprint of potential disaster. If atheists were God, then they would have walked away from the “human project” altogether. They can support a competitive and fatalistic society, but not one that answers to a higher power. Their Plan “B” is to try to ensure that if God does have a throne, then it will not impact their lives in any way.
In contrast, moderate atheists believe that the universe is throne-less. They believe that humans evolved from a primordial soup that was injected with star dust, and they have no Plan “B” when it comes to the concept of a God. Their philosophy is that life is a one-off experience in which the one they have now is the only one they get. However, ironically, they are so in love with the concept of “eternal life", that they are cataloguing their DNA and digital software fingerprints, and packing them into miniature satellites that are launched into outer space by backyard rockets, with the hope that some other life form in some other galaxy will pick “them” up and bring them back to “life”, making them eternal. They are OK with random aliens dictating their future, but not God.
Either way, atheist or not, the devil is trying to de-throne humans, to prevent them from having a say in their own lives. In contrast, God has invited humans to take a “seat” next to Jesus and to determine with precision their own path in life. It is a gift, not a control, because without God’s perspective, humans become obsessed with fear. If even one human believes that the earth’s resources are limited, then there exists the potential for competition and chaos. Thrones are not corrupted by God or by humanity, but by the inclusion of fear and a lack of love. Darkness is the culprit of everything that atheists hate, not God.
The word "throne" means "elevated or honour" and it is linked to the word “kiss”, and is derived from the concept of a full moon, the bringing in of a beautiful harvest, and the celebration that goes with it. It is a sign of absolute abundance. God’s Throne is the source of all other thrones and it is elevated above all other thrones.
In contrast, earthly thrones are “wobbly”. They are like two broken stones, one precariously perched on top of the other, very unstable, and they have a tendency of toppling over and frying to dust any form of darkness that tries to make it serve them. Thrones will only be steady and sure if they are occupied by the Voice of God. That is why the devil won’t sit on earthly thrones, but instead tries to convince humans to do it for him. The devil’s plan is to burn through a succession of humans until the world is completely destroyed. All of the devils' plans are based on lack.
God’s plans are based on love and abundance. God's plan is to have human souls sit next to God in heaven ... where they can listen to and feel the heart of God, and make decisions and decrees based on heaven's resources, to restore the universe back to what it was meant to be.
Revelation 3:21 KJV
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me [Jesus] in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Throne.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
There is only ONE throne and it belongs to God
Suffering is the absence of God, which means that the whole earth is in a state of a-theism.
The problem with most arguments concerning suffering, is that they fail to acknowledge the “context” of the earth, in that it is a post-mutinous world, in which God has been almost completely excluded from the picture. God holds the atoms and molecules together, but we live in a landfill, a heap of our own making, a place that in every sense of the word, both figurative and literal, is full of our own garbage. If it wasn’t for God’s grace, then the whole thing would destroy itself.
The world we live in doesn’t even have the “pure wisdom” it takes to make the right choices to fix our problems. All of our reasoning is tainted to some degree by ignorance, jealousy and conflict of interest, and is almost always going to generate some sort of pain. Ironically, the kind of reasoning that atheists want, only exists in God.
There is a broad spectrum of views about suffering, from those who hate it to those who are weirdly drawn to it and try to use it to their own advantage. Hard-line atheists are an interesting mix, in that they are academically opposed to it, but are not desperate enough to seek out a God figure to help take it away. Atheists are just comfortable enough with suffering to exclude the God option.
In contrast, in heaven there is no such roll of the dice. There is zero tolerance for darkness. In heaven evil doesn’t have a say, and good and evil are forever separate, as “far apart as the east is from the west”. The devil has to get in line and beg for an audience with God. There is no “place” reserved or set aside for sickness or its “chance” encounters, and even though the earth was made to be like heaven, it has become almost nothing like it.
For the most part, hard-line atheists do hate pain, and it has become a part of their calling card. They say that God is to blame and is either negligent or a monster for allowing it to exist. They see it as a flaw in God’s design. They ask … "If there is a God, then why does God not intervene? Why does God allow suffering in the form of sickness, or at the hands of evil? Where is God in an accident?"
Atheists go straight to the source, and say that if God is on the ultimate throne, then God is at fault. Atheist philosophers say that if God knew that humans were going to cause harm, then God should have stopped it. Atheists ask, “How could God look down through time, see all that suffering, and agree to it?”
The answer is one of perspective. Atheists say to God, “Look at our suffering and do something about it, or get lost!”, “whereas God says, “I have done everything necessary to give you the tools to have everything you want, including complete control over sickness and death.”
The problem with conversations between heaven and earth is that each uses completely different languages with completely different sets of references. Heaven is a place where evil in all of its forms does not register on any of heaven’s metrics. In contrast, the earth is full of medical books that are infused with the effects of darkness, with pictures and words that are so scary that they can make people sick just looking at them.
Heaven does not tolerate irreverence or disrespect of God, and therefore does not experience suffering, whereas the earth has become a place where God is optional, and therefore suffering has become a fundamental part of the economy. In heaven the perfect constructs of God are hotter than the sun and burn away sickness and pain before it ever reaches its gates, whereas on the earth, we stand in line for it and wait for suffering to happen as if it is inevitable.
In heaven, the concepts of “pain” and “inevitability” do not intersect, but on the earth they do because we have made allowances for that intersection to exist. No one in heaven says that pain is imminent. No one in heaven gambles that way, they don’t gamble at all, they simply say “No!”. On earth we give sickness, disease and death a place and a name, we name days and months after it, launch add campaigns for it, and take out insurance policies over it. Sickness is a multi-trillion dollar business on the earth, without which the earth’s economy would crumble.
God did not cause suffering or ignore it. Instead, God said that it can be prevented and or healed, to the point of reversing death. The answer to suffering is in our words. However, we have become so used to failure that we often feel the emptiness of those words when they leave our lips, and the frustration of not having control over our environment.
The mechanisms of true prayer are completely misunderstood. We have the wrong idea that prayer is asking God to sweep our sickness under the rug, or to take it away to another landfill. However that is the opposite of how healing in all of its forms takes place. Healing is not removing darkness, but rather introducing light. True prayer is not the act of pointing out the problem, but the act of inviting the perfect template of God to “overlay” our situation and “mold” it back into perfection. The molecules in our body literally rearrange in the Presence of God, as does everything else. This is why true prayer does not talk about problems, but rather focuses on the power of God.
There is no sickness or death in heaven, not because there is a protective dome that keeps it out, but because the “names” of darkness that we are so used to on the earth, do not exist in the Presence of God. We can delve into the deepest Quantum Spreadsheets of heaven but we will not find them. When we ask God for healing, we often bring names before God that God does not know. We literally stand before God who gave us a perfect creation to manage, and try to up-sell God on the concept of sickness, disease and the potential for failure.
Humans often pray:
“Dear God … please re-member [put back together] the names of the diseases that You do not acknowledge … please develop an image of them in heaven so we can talk about them … because we have given them a place to live, a home here on the earth … and we want You to take them away … temporarily that is … so that our bodies can heal for now … for we fully expect illnesses to come back at some time … they lay in wait around every corner … it’s inevitable … we don’t have a choice … they will degrade us over time … and we want You to play this game of chance with us … and we’ll continue to give the disease a home … and will fail to root out its source … it’s a really big deal down here … far more popular than You are … You don’t have to stay … just take our trash away.”
There is no language in heaven that can interpret those words. They will not make it past heaven’s gates. They do not represent the kind of “prayer” that God taught us or expects from us. We will never be able to deposit our fear or disrespect at the foot of God’s throne and convince God to agree with us how bad it is.
This sounds infuriating to people who are desperately in need, but it has nothing to do with God’s love or the actual words we use. It is not about eloquence, but rather about the intent that goes with it. God is not looking for a prayer that gives place to sickness, or a prayer to remove a sickness for one individual for one day, but rather a prayer that will abolish all sickness for all time. The devils are gob-smacked when we pray anything less.
This is not a call to dismiss medicine. We should be thankful to God for giving researchers insight into human health and for giving others the gift of working in the medical field. Given that we are not very effective prayers, we should be extremely thankful for any proper healing we can get.
God can answer a simple prayer for any sized problem, but God cannot answer a prayer that asks God to agree with us that the devil is bigger than both God and the problem.
Self-limiting prayers that give place to the devil are so foreign and insulting that they are like hate mail sent to heaven. That kind of prayer is a treaty to diminish the sovereign nature of God. It is akin to asking God to de-throne God.
Atheists are in a state of double jeopardy. They blame God for suffering … and therefore want to get rid of God … but getting rid of God introduces suffering. Atheism is like quick sand, and struggling with it makes life even worse.
The closer we get to God, the more the atmosphere becomes charged with power. All of our thoughts, prayers and intentions come into contact with that “live wire” where they are judged, in the sense that the darkness in our words is filtered out and the “truth” in our words is measured and acted upon. The energy in the Presence of God is so powerful that the concept of “cause and effect” in heaven is immediate, and all of the truth in our prayers is answered instantaneously. That same energy expels darkness, in the same way that it has already expelled creatures like the devil, who tried to introduce a negative stimulus into heaven to inflict a negative outcome. The part of our prayer that aligns with God is the only part that can be answered, which is not a limitation, but is a beautiful open door to an infinite supply of God’s Blessings.
The hallmark of God’s Spirit is that it makes prayer so simple that a child can do it perfectly well. The Spirit of God purposefully respects individual preferences, and takes delight in our differences. God respects a palace or a tent, as long as the people who live there, live well and take delight in it themselves. There is no pretence in God’s Presence, no preference for the city or for the country, but there is absolutely no sickness, no poverty or even the knowing of it. We have a long way to go to reach that state, but it is where we are going.
When we pray effectively, we literally enter the Presence of God:
Ephesians 2:6 KJV
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
In God’s Presence, there is only one outcome to prayer and it is “light”. Our prayers for healing are answered and dispatched instantly because God being God, has no other choice. God is faster and more effective than the click of a keyboard in online shopping, but the delivery of a perfect solution into an imperfect world has many delivery problems, and even if delivered are often short lived. We wonder why our prayers are so ineffective, but for the most part they only contain tiny threads of light on which the answers can make their way back to us.
Don’t misunderstand. Some of the most effective and most answered prayers on this planet have been a one word cry for “Help!”, when based on God’s ability to do so. However, “help” should not be a cry of desperation, but rather a lifestyle in which we continuously acknowledge God as the source of power in our lives. A life of despair should not be mistaken for a relationship with God, who was meant to walk before us, and with us as a guide.
Prayer is not so much a request as it is a fuel. In heaven, our prayers take on the form of burning coals. They have smoke and a smell. The best ones are like a pleasing incense. The original priests made prayers over a mix of secret spices that when burned together rose straight to heaven. The contents of the greatest prayers were thoughts in the form of innocent questions that were childlike in nature and contained no limits or doubts. The intercessors stood in a place of wonder and imagination and prayed ... "I wonder what a nation that is blanketed in God’s provision and protection looks like!"
For our own good, God recommends we saturate ourselves with the mind of God. The following would make a great prayer:
Philippians 4:8 KJV
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
We are in such a negative spiritual condition on the earth, that God has had to allow grace for sin to be in effect. Otherwise we would cease to exist. We have been given grace so that we can survive, because sin cannot exist in the Holy Presence of God. From God’s point of view, pain was meant to be avoided and can be avoided, but if we exclude God, which is most of the time on the earth, then there will always be fires to put out.
God lives outside of our “landfill” and blaming God is like heckling firefighters who are trying to rescue people from a burning building. Denouncing God is like denouncing first responders who have given their lives to help people in need. Ironically, both God and atheists believe that suffering is wrong, whereas many Christians and humanists wear it like a badge of honour.
When disaster comes our way, God has already given us the mechanisms, tools and power to foresee it, prevent it, and / or reverse its negative effects, to the point of reversing death. We are ultimately responsible for using those implements which come from a relationship with God. The Name of Jesus is enough. The blood of Jesus is enough. There is no power greater.
This still does not answer the question of intervention. Given that God knows we live in a fallen context and that we do not use the right tools in the right way, then why does God not intervene? Atheists still hold God responsible. They will not, in the midst of unimaginable suffering, tell those involved that “God is love!” They just can’t stomach it or its perceived hypocrisy. Again, ironically, this is exactly the response that God is looking for. God is waiting for a generation who will say “Enough already!” For far too long, Christians have tolerated a world without God.
The answer is … God does intervene! God intervenes more than we could possibly comprehend, but God will not intervene with all the people all the time, and when it comes to suffering, God and atheists are on the same page, and there is no philosophy, big or small, that can stand in the way of that. God wants a proactive generation who lives out the precepts of heaven on the earth. God wants a generation who will “first” develop their footing in heaven, before walking on the earth, so that their stride, confidence and conversations represent God, not a fallen world.
Jesus put it this way:
Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The mechanisms for removing suffering are instantaneous and omnipresent, but those mechanisms belong to heaven, not a fallen earth, and humans have to interact with heaven to use them. It is very difficult to convince a person who is born and raised in a landfill that they can have access to free resources that can help them and their families. The argument is not one of truth but one of trust.
Humans have harmed each other so much that "trust" is at an all time low. God is not asking us to depend on humans or their philosophies, but rather to trust God exclusively so that we can help ourselves and the world around us. Suffering is not evidence that God does not exist, but rather evidence that for a very long time, humans have put a higher price on independence.
If God cannot have a bad idea, then why is the world in such a “mess”?
This was Darwin’s dilemma, and by “mess” he was referring to the state of nature, to the existence of premeditated, sadistic abuse that both plants and creatures had for one another, abuse that was so intrinsic, that it appeared to be a part of their design. Darwin became so disillusioned that he concluded that the God he encountered as a child in the beauty of nature, could not possibly be the same source of evil that he examined in nature as an adult.
Not many people have been so iconized as Charles Darwin. He has become the poster boy of not just evolution, but also of broadband atheism. It is interesting that his personal life almost exactly parallels the development of atheism as a global trend.
Biographies of Darwin say that he was born into a religious culture and dabbled in the pursuit of medicine and divinity before settling on his boyhood interest of studying patterns in nature. He was born into wealth and a care-free life but soon became acquainted with trauma, in that his mother died when he was young, and later, three of his own children died. There are stories of how he spent considerable time and effort trying to save his 10 year old daughter but was unsuccessful.
Darwin witnessed some of life’s most horrific circumstances, beatings in the street, slavery and death, and spent years at a time trying to cure his own illnesses. Little by little, he came to acknowledge the incongruences between the beliefs of the “church” and his own, mainly differing on acts of compassion, in that the church lacked in that area. He believed that humans were of equal worth and should be treated that way, which was at that time contrary to that of his government and religion who supported slavery.
While the church espoused to be the voice of God, it was Darwin’s courage, not religion, who fought for the rights of all human beings, regardless of their ethnicity. It was Darwin’s belief that God was a loving being, and initially it bolstered his ideals, but he was denigrated by organized religion for his views. In one of the greatest ironies of all time, God had to call upon one of the icons of atheism to be the more Christ-like of the two.
Darwin travelled the world and put his God given talents to good use. He recorded everything he encountered with drawings and notes, and parsed out the details into categories for further study. His eyes and mind were like curious magnifying glasses into the world of nature and he saw patterns that many others would have missed. The more he travelled and the more he studied, the more he was impressed with the glorious diversity on the earth. However, he also became disillusioned with the idea that “creation” was God-inspired.
The thing that swayed Darwin the most, was the shock that nature was not a loving entity … far from it. He was particularly abhorrent to find that nature was inherently malicious, and that various elements of creation deliberately and often brazenly, fed off the weaknesses of others, which was to him, evidence that there was no “loving” God, if a God at all.
The more he learned the more he understood that nature was at war against itself, and his conclusion was that if that was the case, then where was a loving God? He reasoned that if nature was evil, then either God was evil, or God did not exist.
Darwin had discovered two main concerns that changed the world forever:
variations in species were not separate creations, but were genetic evolutions based on a necessity for adaptation and survival, and,
nature was capable of exploitive, punitive and excessive damage against itself.
Darwin discovered that nature could spawn nature, seemingly without divine intervention, and that nature possessed some very evil traits.
Darwin was someone who went through many stages of grief, of not just losing his family members to death, but of losing his innocence in believing in a harmonious version of nature. Like many atheists today, he gave up the idea that everything will work out for good if left up to a higher power. The wide-eyed boy who was once in love with life and idealism, had become disillusioned with God, in favour of a more practical approach to life.
The irony is that this is exactly what the bible had been saying right from the very beginning. God told Adam and Eve that there was an an inherent problem with nature that they would have to address and keep an eye on, including the nature within themselves. God warned them that there were problems with reproduction, agriculture, aging and death that existed outside of the Garden of Eden, and that the issue of “who is in charge” would always haunt them and their heirs.
God warned them that it was impossible to seed a free thinking entity, that doesn't also have the option of self interests and mutiny built into it.
One of Darwin’s strengths was that he allowed himself to see the evidence of a fallen nature. He did not gloss it over. Humans are renowned for hiding the truth, especially conflicts of interest that could potentially harm them, but Darwin was willing to face the consequences, even if it meant that there was no God for him.
Many people believe that Darwin’s work proves that there is no God, but it actually does the opposite. The irony is that Darwin’s meticulous inspection of life and nature, has actually proved what God has been saying to us all along … precisely that all of creation has declined to the point that:
without God, creation has adapted and evolved a variety of venomous and exploitive traits, to compete for a perceived lack of resources to maintain its survival, and,
without God, creation will war with itself to the point of extinction.
The violence found in nature is not something that God put there, but it is the outcome of rejecting God. God is literally the glue that holds matter together and the mind that allows energy to take on a form. An absence or pushing away of God, which is the platform of the atheist, is a nail in the coffin of life, because it unplugs power and divine knowledge from creation. It is akin to not just unplugging a computer, but ripping out its hard drive and memory.
Some say that in the Garden of Eden, the roses had no thorns, the birds sang in different frequencies, the vegetation talked, the soil talked, animals spoke with humans, healing was imminent, and humans were clothed in light. In contrast, today there are only remnants and hints of that kind of God-ordained beauty.
When an animal helps another, or when carnivores and herbivores become friends, we make a big deal about it, but peace was meant to be the norm. The healing and symbiosis that exists in the template of God is still there, but like the words on a book, that kind of Glory has to be read to be revealed.
True encounters with God are rare and intermittent and they take our breath away, which lets us know that Adam and Eve, even though they lived in the greatest place on the earth, had stopped having Holy encounters with God. Something had crept into their lives in the form of the devil, and convinced them that God was obsolete … that they could do better than God.
Humans can become so removed from God, so introverted and ungrateful, that they forget that without God, we cannot fulfill our most basic needs. Humans cannot by themselves maintain the thin invisible veil of plasma that keeps the air we breath from escaping into outer space. Humans cannot hold the sun in place without it wavering by even a few millimetres so as not to burn us too a crisp, nor can humans infuse the core of the earth with enough magnetism to keep the soil on the ground.
Darwin had become disillusioned and vocal because he was investigating darkness. In contrast, the closer we get to the Holy Presence of God, the brighter life becomes because of its possibilities, and the less we are inclined to speak at all other than to praise God and restore what is broken. Standing in the Presence of God is like trying to stand on the sun. It is a place of awe. God's grace for us is so remarkable that God made a way for us to communicate with God even from within a fallen world.
Isaiah 6:3 (KJV)
And one [seraphim] cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.
The story of Darwin is a real caution. He was more Christ-like in character than many Christians. He was as in love with creation as a human could be. He was passionate, compassionate, an artist, and brave. He risked it all to travel around the world under very difficult circumstances, to record nature with as much precision as he could. He was also wise and saw through the religion and politics of his day, and while his observations were spot on, his conclusions about God were unfortunate.
Darwin had gone looking for God in nature but found the devil. He thought that He had discovered that there was no God, but instead, he discovered that there was very little evidence of God in a fallen world, and he was right about that.
6. QUANTUM TRENDS
Quantum science has all but outright declared that there is a verifiable unseen sentient force that governs the universe and that we are on the verge of interacting with it on a whole new level.
One of the most interesting trends in the Quantum world is the ability for a dual state to exist, in which “on” and “off” can exist at the same time.
Traditional computers can identify a “1” or a “0”, which gives rise to a wonderful set of gate logic operations such as AND, OR, XOR, NOT etc. that can compare bits with each other and help computers make decisions. However, in the weird and wonderful Quantum world, photons do not have to be either on or off, but can be in both states at the same time ... and if that wasn’t interesting enough, the other trend is that an observer can affect the outcome.
Yes … science says that observers “somehow” influence the end result of photons. Experiments have shown that extraordinary things happen when photons “split” including the fact that they are affected by the onlooker. The photon “twins” can have the same or different states but not one separate from the observer.
While Quantum experiments may be new, this is not a new concept. God said right from the beginning that the human mind plays a significant role in the greater matrix of the universe, and it is not limited by time or space. Humans were designed to communicate with an all-seeing, omni-present God, and to make decisions based on that knowledge. Quantum science will one day acknowledge that the human spirit is far more advanced than human technology, because humans are created in the image of God.
Observers affect matter! This may be a surprise to people of “reasoning” but not to people who talk to plants and animals. Adam and Eve were told as much when God encouraged them to have “dominion” over their environment. Communing with our surroundings is such a common concept that everyone, including the new-agers, mentalists, magicians, and witches, have all tried to affect the outcome of light energy. The mechanisms are there to be used for good, but they have also been used for bad, and it explains why the world is in such a mess. Even our simplest thoughts, both positive and negative, affect the world we live in.
One of the most interesting Quantum trends is in the world of gender. Religious leaders believe that God made males and females, a 1 and a 0, and that they should remain in highly visible separate states. In contrast, atheists believe that gender dystopia is one more example of a failure of God. Religion has embraced the division whereas atheists have condemned it, but it was the devil, not God, who set out to steal humanity of its Quantum identity.
In the beginning, God used a single entity of light to create “zakar” meaning remembrance, and “neqebah” meaning a well that draws from heaven. They both embodied a single source of light from which they came. There was no 1 or 0, no flaws, no weakness in either, and no opposition between them. To look for weakness in gender is to look for the devil. They both had the same calling, to channel the light of God to their surroundings. In contrast, the devil introduced terms like masculine and feminine to convince humans that they were divided in a way that God never ordained.
What God divided as two halves of the same light source, the devil set out to make servants and enemies of each other. Darkness taught the children of God to divide Holy things like colour, texture, fabric, and calling, into gender based icons. In a fallen world, even simple things like furniture or clothing are called masculine or feminine to mean hard or soft, whereas God never established any such limits on gender.
Darkness has become so engrained in the collective consciousness of gender, that even the most forward thinking movements about gender still have it wrong. They are still trying to convince children that they have to exchange gender cages in order to dress or act as they please. Parents and doctors are asking children if they want to be a boy or a girl, based on definitions from the devil, not God. Children were meant to be free to dress how they please and pursue their God given gifts, void of all social labels or cultural restrictions. Forcing children to choose from an archaic set of standards is unGodly.
God warned Adam and Eve that when they were removed from the Garden of Eden, they were going to encounter curses that would strain and divide them. God told Eve that because she had tried to supplant God, then other observer forces would in turn be able to supplant her. Adam was told that because he had desecrated nature, then all of nature would usurp itself over him. Their decision to try to defeat God, meant that they would be removed from God's Holiness and would have to endure the hardships of discrimination, famine and drought. Gender and cultural barriers are not a sign that God is included, but rather a sign that God has been excluded.
As an encouragement, God told Eve that Jesus would set the record straight, that one day from her would come the saviour of the world who would crush the head of the devil, and restore their voices once again.
God told the devil:
Genesis 3:15 KJV
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.
Jesus taught His followers about discrimination:
Galatians 3:28 KJV
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Fortunately, God is in the process of reclaiming gender and making it what it was meant to be … equal photons of light. Not many will like the new norm, religious or atheist, because most of the LGBTTQQ2SANN* acronyms will also disappear.
Most terminology based on gender bias and gender-appropriation will cease to exist because there will not be a gender identity as we know it. There will still be families and children, and people will increasingly gain more freedom, as no one will tell those children that there are limits on their appearance or achievements.
Dividing gender into hard vs soft, pants vs a dress, or bright vs dull, is as dumb as saying that flowers are females and trees are males. Gender is distributed throughout creation and adjectives like “soft” and “hard” do not apply to gender norms. Religious people say that God made it that way, but they are wrong. Male birds are often the ones with the brightly coloured feathers and female lions often do most of the hunting, and not to wrinkle too many feathers … but the original “Adam” was a hermaphrodite, able to bear its own young.
Humans should not have to fight in order to express themselves or be abused for doing so. Fortunately, in the future, words like “male” and “female” will disappear in favour of far more energizing terms. Names are important, but harmful labels will not last.
The secret to our true identity is built into the Quantum mechanisms of the universe. As a part of that plan, God our creator is asking us to become “observers”. We are being asked to "observe creation" and to “observe the observers” of our life. We must decide which observer to follow and in turn pass that energy on to what we see. We can be influenced by darkness or influenced by God.
Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
In a Quantum sense, we are being asked to acknowledge that God is the only true Observer who has our best interests in mind. Adam and Eve made their choice, and we will have to make ours too, but this time from the perspective of having many thousands of years of history to consider. We cannot claim “naivety”. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.
Interestingly, Neo-atheism is beginning to acknowledge that God is a significant “Observer” and influencer of light energy. However, unlike Christianity, Neo-atheists want to deny God the right to do so, at their own peril.
In the future, atheism will ask its followers to do three things … acknowledge God, reject God, and if possible control God. It is the perfect setup for the ultimate question of the universe … the same one that Adam and Eve and many of the angels got wrong.
From God’s perspective, the life giving freedom and independence that atheists so dearly want, can only come from God, because God is the only observer capable of giving life, and the only observer willing enough to give freedom of choice.
The only condition in which the Observer / Influencer is a problem for human beings, is when humans seed their control over to darkness, or try to separate themselves from their Source. God is the only Observer who wants us to be free and the only Observer capable of giving us the energy to do so … not darkness and not atheism..
Both atheists and Christians are in the business of marketing God’s image, which is a dubious task because no one knows God.
Atheists want to put a spotlight on the horror of the Old Testament, and Christians range from those who embrace the carnage to those who shun it altogether. Christians claim “God is love!” and atheists reply “I don’t think so!” It is as if they have read completely different bibles. The atheist version skips over God’s grace and mercy, and the Christians skip over the untenable.
Some Christians try to “tone-down” or “soften” God’s image to make it more palatable, so they gloss over bible accounts of a very fearsome and terrifyingly judicious God, while others try to use God's dominance to scare people into submission. Atheists are more inclined to agree with the latter. They only see God in the lightening and the thunder. It is their calling card. It's in their moniker. Atheism identifies itself by including “God” in their name, and they intend to scare people with it.
At best, the selling of God’s image is one of a conflict of interest. It is often molded into something that suits a self-serving narrative. Any good psychologist will tell you that “seeing the facts” is almost impossible, because humans overwhelmingly skew their world view to serve their own interests. There are just as many people who want a soft God as there are who want a hard one, generally for the purpose of controlling themselves and others.
The bible gives many accounts of interactions between humans and heaven, and the harsh and resolute side of God should not be swept aside. It is not something we should ignore. When God told Moses that God would “drive out” the people with hornets, God meant every bit of it. God wants to be known as someone who can and will do that effectively.
Exodus 23:28 (KJV)
And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.
In Old Testament times, war was common. It was a dark world based on a desperate struggle for resources. War was akin to going to the bank or to the grocery store. Waves of tsunami-like armies swept from the south and from the north, using camels, horses and ships to rake the landscape clean and wash its resources out to sea. Not only were people killed or abducted as slaves, but the orchards, vines and crops that took decades to establish, were raided and cut to the ground, leaving countries desolate and in ruin.
God was not adversed to protecting God's interests, or to moving people around, and described kings as having hooks in their noses for that purpose. God destroyed entire armies, dropping them to the ground, and when a hard people asked for hard leaders and harder rules, to do away with mercy and to control each other, they got them in abundance, and those rules became their point of failure. It wasn’t until God had a say in their judicial system through Moses that they received a simple set of Ten Commandments in the desert, and even then on the cusp of the Promised Land, those “ten” became too "freeing" and were rejected. The people, including Moses’ brother, wanted to dismiss Moses and replace God with a golden calf as an idol.
In those days, people didn’t say “My sword is bigger than yours!”, they said “My god or God is bigger than yours”, because they relied heavily upon the concept of supernatural advantage. Before clans went to war they consulted with their priests or cult icons, who in turn consulted with their God or gods in a desperate effort to control the outcome.
The bible is full of these stories. When the great Pharaoh of Egypt met with Moses, he could have called upon hundreds of thousands of warriors to wipe Moses and his followers out, but he didn’t. When Moses entered the high court, Pharaoh could have called upon a brute of a soldier to end Moses’ life, but he didn’t. Instead the great Pharaoh called upon a handful of “magicians” because Moses had brought Moses’ God to the table, and the great Pharaoh knew that human flesh was no match for the spirit world. All eyes watched as Moses and the wizards laid symbols of power at Pharaoh’s feet. Everyone believed that winning required far more than the “size” of ones army, and believed that decisions were made in the heavens long before they were made on the earth.
The story of Moses and Pharaoh is a complicated one. We get the sense that both of them were just getting to know God. Moses was learning to trust God, and Pharaoh was learning to test God. In the bible there is the sense that God was impressed with both of their bravery and determination, but as brothers who were raised under the same roof, they both had to learn that material possessions, whether in lack or in abundance, meant nothing to God.
The most peculiar part of their story is not in the epic struggle for dominance, which is a part of many stories, or even in the ten extraordinary plagues that marked the land. God always gave each side a way out of the turmoil, including a way to avoid death. No, the most curious thing in the story is that God “hardened” Pharaoh’s heart which put both Moses and Pharaoh at a serious disadvantage.
Because of the delay, everyone wanted to kill Moses. No one was happy and yet these two headstrong brothers who had once celebrated life together, now had to face off with each other while God purposefully dragged it out.
“Time” is the most valuable asset in war, and humans are far more likely to squander it and to go to battle than God. Humans need time to evaluate the light and dark and to consider what is important, which is the saving of both sides.
God was not just trying to preserve lives on the earth, but to preserve their eternal footprint in the universe. The great Pharaoh should have reconciled with Moses and saved many lives. He was given a chance to remember that his "slaves" were once "honoured guests" in his father’s kingdom. The Pharaoh should have honoured the fact that Moses’ family line had once helped rule Egypt and not only saved it but made it extremely rich. The great Pharaoh, loved by God, should have realized that his strength came from God and not from the control of a cheap workforce. In the end, Pharaoh made the wrong choice and became a caution and a recurring prophecy to future generations.
Atheists fail to acknowledge the role of humans in war and the general demise of the earth. Humans are far too eager to pull the trigger, mostly because of fear, but sometimes because of arrogance, ego and an outright disdain for life. The fallen human condition is so bad that if there was a big red button that could annihilate the universe and everything in it, then there would be a line up around the globe of people fighting with each other for a chance to push it and end it all.
In contrast, Jesus did everything possible to save the world. When Jesus was on the cross, Jesus said “Forgive them … !” because He knew that He could not take “un-forgiveness” into heaven. It would not cross the border. The sins of the people could only be forgiven by God if carried by an innocent sacrifice, but a sin of un-forgiveness would have belonged to Jesus alone, and it would have ruined the entire premise of universal salvation. When Jesus said “Forgive them …!”, He was not just being nice, He was being extremely strategic, and it was possibly one of the most important trials he had to endure.
The irony is that Jesus had to lay aside personal wrongs done to Him, in order to carry the entire set of “wrongs” committed by the world against itself.
Jesus was an innocent God … nailed to a human cross … bearing the sins of the universe. While He hung there, people at His feet were only aware of His earthly value, and gambled for His clothes so they could sell them on their version of eBay. Gamblers have a pattern of not recognizing that God is the solution in their midst. The looters at the foot of the cross failed to acknowledge that everything they could ever ask for, was and would always be fixed to a tree above their heads. Similarly, many atheists are gambling that they can make it through the universe on their own too.
Jesus said the following while on the cross:
Luke 23:34 KJV
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Atheists want to cast God in the role of the villain, but they are wrong. God was, is, and always will be the One who takes a stand to deliver humans from their own misguided ways. God may go to war or God may not. It is a decision left up to humans and God, though atheists would like to reserve big decisions like that just for themselves, and they are willing to encounter war without God's help.
The bible says that atheism is for fools, not in a sense to demean their worth, but that a decision to deny God in the light of who and what God is to humans, is surely a foolish one because it is so costly to throw away so great a gift.
Atheists want to argue that human life is insignificant to God. However nothing could be more untrue. God told king David that David’s hands were too full of blood to build a temple, and it is a caution to anyone who thinks that spilled blood goes unnoticed in heaven. Human DNA has a sound and a voice and the loss of even a single human is deafening, as all the voices in that family tree cry out at once for justice. Imagine the sound of thousands or even millions of people being cut off in a single instant and the sound of their wailing as they bemoan the horrid emptiness. It is a win for darkness, and not even remotely casual for God. Not only does death sound awful but there is a profound loss in the architecture of heaven. Atheists are wrong if they think that God dismisses death. It is the exact opposite. It is not up to God … we are the ones who have to choose.
Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
The bible is full of difficult stories, ones that atheists wold like to use to discredit God, but most of the deaths in the bible were committed by humans who were arrogant and impatient. Families killed families, laws were used against the weak, and most kingdoms fell because of fraud and corruption. When it came to war, most of the time God asked people to get ready for it, but then had them wave lanterns and shout to send their enemies running in the dark of night. In many cases God used "sound" to drive armies apart and to keep them from harming each other. There were many times when all God had to do was whisper, and the in-fighting became so intense, that entire people groups fled or destroyed themselves to the point of non-existence. God also used prophets and supernatural power to warn people and to bring enemy countries together to convene a truce for peace, but if they didn’t God chose a victor.
Given that the air around us is filled with angel armies, and that a single note sung by a single angel can destroy the entire earth and everything in it, then God has shown extraordinary patience towards humans, and is constantly trying to save them from themselves.
When Abraham wondered if he should be like his neighbours and sacrifice a child in order to control the weather, the crops, and the enemies, it was THEE God of the universe who said [paraphrase], “Follow me and I’ll show you how it works, I’ll show you that My children do not have to worry about the weather, the crops or their enemies, that My children do not have to sacrifice their children, because I will provide the sacrifice when it is needed. Trust Me and wonder no more about pagan ideas that can only bring you unimaginable loss.”
Atheists don’t want to acknowledge that God is in the business of saving lives, not destroying them, and that the bible is full of these accounts. God loves a turn-around story, and it is no wonder that God conscripted a Roman soldier named Paul to become an apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul had been responsible for murdering many Christians, but after meeting God on the Road to Damascus, under a great flash of light, his entire life was redirected to helping the people he once hunted down. Paul re-aligned himself with God and later wrote a significant part of the New Testament. He uniquely understood all of the arguments for and against Jesus Christ, and he wanted to confront the one person he used to convince to give him and others the authority to kill Christians.
Paul wanted to set the record straight, and purposefully stood before King Agrippa to talk about Christ, the Son of God, the healer, the great equalizer, the truth-teller, the God-man who was once the bane of both of their lives. King Agrippa replied, “I am almost persuaded to become a Christian.”
Acts 26:1 ... 28 KJV
1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
11 And I [Paul] punished them [Christians] oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, and above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.
19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
26. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
28. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
In the beginning of every good contract there is a list of "definitions". It is not a trivial thing or something to be skipped over, because the "one" who oversees the list is ultimately the one in control. In God's case, God created the very concept of words and language, and decided what each letter, symbol, stoke of the pen, and roll of the tongue would look and sound like. In the epicentre of the Holy of Holies, which is the source of all energy, God defined the very essence of "communication" ... as the "substance" that would give words their life and power.
The problem that humans have made for themselves, is that in our contract with God, we are using a different set of definitions than heaven. The words in the agreement say that we are to do our “best” and that God will make up for the rest. However when God uses the word “best”, God means, “raise the dead, heal the sick, and restore justice”.
Jesus gave the following command to the disciples:
Matthew 10:8 KJV
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Jesus said the following about God’s plan to redeem a broken society:
Luke 4:18,19 (KJV)
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
God's understanding is that we were given a perfectly functioning garden to take care of, along with all the necessary tools to succeed.
In contrast, Neo-atheists believe that God gave humans a raw deal. They interpret the word “best” to mean “sickness and death are inevitable and justice is a dream seldom realized”. They do not see themselves the way that God does and they do not want God's help. They believe that the definitions and the terms of the agreement put them at a disadvantage. They do not want to learn God's ways in order to fulfill the contract. They want a rebellion. They don't just want to be like God, they want to replace God.
God was not surprised by atheism ... God was ready for it. The entire story of the earth is about rescuing the lost. Ironically, the contract that upsets hard-line atheists, was written with them in mind and in their favour. Who other than God would know that the first humans created in the image of God, would become hard-line atheists? Adam and Eve stood both in the Presence of God and "against God" at the same time.
Adam and Eve's atheism was not motivated by loss. They did not experience suffering of any kind. They did not have a bible to complain about and pick apart, or abusive priests to condemn, or a war to go to. They did not have hospitals or death to blame on God. They were not hungry or thirsty and they did not know what pollution was because the earth was not in a fallen state, and yet somehow their end-game was the same as modern day atheists.
Adam and Eve were driven to enter the "Holiness" of God because that is where definitions are made. The original act of "atheism" was not rooted in a desire to end suffering or to get rid of the concept of God, but rather to cultivate the concept further and to cede control of the definitions over to themselves. Adam and Eve had been duped into jealousy. In the most bizarre of ironies, they were following exactly in God's footsteps, but in the darkest of ways. They were being taught how to sail by the devil, who had the intention of stealing the ship, getting rid of the Captain, and making Adam and Eve deck hands.
Adam and Eve's story would have ended in the Garden of Eden, if it wasn't for the fact that God loved them so much. They must have been extraordinary creatures because despite all the mutiny and turmoil, God still said "I've got your back, and I'll take you back if you want!" ... and that is exactly what God did for all of human-kind through Jesus Christ.
There will always be atheism and there will always be a set of dire consequences for it. God wants humans to take the wheel and steer the ship, but God also wants them to know that God is the One who defines words like "water", "blue" and "Captain". God wants humans who will not just restore what is broken, but who will seek the strength to do so through God.
Who will eventually push humanity to see the real God? Will it be atheism or religion? Who will “demand” of God … all that God has to give? Will it be atheism that asks too much or religion that asks too little? Who will open the doors to a great God in a great universe? Both give the impression that they have the answers … but they don’t … only God does.
Real positive change on the earth is not waiting for people to confront God, but for people who already leave footprints in heaven, to express the same love and wisdom that they see there … here. God has made a way for every human to do that though Jesus Christ.
Hard-line atheists want to say to God “get lost”, but it should be “Thank You!”
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (KJV)
10 Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel our Father, for ever and ever.
11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name.
The ultimate objective of most atheists is to establish a “hands off” policy. However, there are significantly different approaches within the group. The moderates say “We can do better than a false god!” and “We are better off without a false god!” However, the hard-liners are different. They carry a sentiment that is similar to the one made by Adam and Eve in the opening pages of the bible. Adam and Eve said “We can do better than THEE God” and “We are better off without THEE God”.