The atheist cry, God doesnít exist! A common inquiry by the large majority is, why? Why do atheists make such bold statements? Furthermore, how can they say such things? Atheism is an oddity that many arenít willing to embrace much less give attention to. It just doesnít make sense! We are trained from early childhood that God is and that He loves us. We have been taught that Jesus is Gods Way of salvation and that the bible is the word of God. Have we been mislead? Is this myth? Are we under a delusion? How do we respond to these questions? The answers to these question will determine the direction of our world and the mood of the church. From my experience Christians are in the dark when it comes to answering the atheist cry. Christians are equipped with a myriad of weapons when it comes to familiar questions. For instance, why should I go to church? Our response: The Hebrew writer tells us not to forsake the gathering of the saints (Hebrews 10:25). Is the Bible inspired? We automatically run to Paulís letter to Timothy and show that all Scripture is inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Christians arenít supposed to exercise critical judgment (Matthew 7:1). We affirm. As Christians we know how to respond to the ďimportantĒ matters. That is to say, issues that take precedence in our modern pulpit. While the above list is of paramount importance, we have failed to defend our Most Precious Faith! Most pulpits are into large numbers and financial security. Thus, their message is centered on topics that support their agenda. There is a need for their message, but of what benefit is the message when the Christian canít even defend belief in the one true God. Consider the following questions:
1. Who is God?
2. Why is belief in God important?
3. Is the God of the Old Testament different from the God of the New Testament?
4. What does God require of me?
These are but a few of the questions that Christians need to be able to answer. Secularism is on the rise and if believers are going to counter this ideology we must mount up and be ready to give an answer for the hope within us. Consider the brevity of life and the impact one life has on another and letís get to work.
O.B. Richardson III
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