Are you afraid of the Atheist?

Originally Published Monday, April 12, 2010  http://rip-roar.blogspot.com/2010/04/are-you-afraid-of-atheist.html

 

12:37 PM

There seems to be a building concern about the movement of atheism, an assault on us Christians lately.  I would say it has grown to a point of fear, a fear to the point where I am seeing Christians thinking we need to defend ourselves, strikeout, write nasty letters, feel like victimizing the person, or group trying to minimize Christianity.

I understand these feelings. Just last Sunday in Church I was shown a clip of a documentary demeaning religion and Christianity; it flared up in me without want, but I was mad at the person narrating the movie, I wanted to write him a letter, I angered he should have something horrible done to him AI felt.

The instant these feelings hit me, I stopped and wondered why, what do I have to worry about, who cares who believes him, is it really an assault on Christianity or Religion as a whole or me personally.  And even if it is, so what, is my desire to strike out because I am afraid he might be right because others will think I am wrong, will I not have justification for my belief?

Christianity has become defensive; the movie “Davinci Code” came out and Angles and Demons.  Christians were outraged and even the Churches ‘investigated the movies to see if there was anything offensive – but even if there was – so what, why are we so afraid.

Shouldn’t our faith be our faith?  And are we not already forewarned this would happen?

The best way to respond is to not acknowledge and not to justify but to stand strong in our faith.  We do not have to justify our faith, faith is not logical this is why we are called on it to have it and thus rewarded for it.

If you are afraid of Atheism it might be because you are afraid atheism might catch on and we will be outcasts, then what?  Again, we were forewarned of this and my prayer is you have had your faith tested and your character strengthened so when the time comes when our faith is put at the will of the guillotine, we use these moments to demonstrate our faith, not prove it.

Words don’t prove faith, it’s how we show it!

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Pray for each other . . .

Ephesians 6:19–20 (NIV)

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

My Prayer for you too . . .

Ephesians 1:15–23 (NIV)

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

The Holy Spirit . . .is more than water!

This is interesting, there are two different baptisims? I never heard, mayb by Pastor Miles, of these two different ones, but it is not talked about much.  I am not sure I am clear.  I did get baptized by water and I have asked Jesus to live in me and direct my life, but I am not sure I have been baptzed with the Holy Spirit.  Is asking Jesus into my life, my faith and love for him being baptized of the Holy Spirit?

 

 

Acts 19:1–7 (NIV)

Paul in Ephesus

19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues  and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

Stand Firm

2 Thessalonians 2:13–17 (ESV)

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Lesson’s in Prayer by Jesus

Luke 18:9–14 (ESV)

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

 

I worry some . . .

As the return of Jesus Christ seemingly approaches, I begin to worry about all the things Jesus and the Bible said about his return, mostly about false prophets.

I worry most about it because of the division we seem to have here in the United States.  We no longer can have an opinion or a belief which is contrary to others or to the most popular.

In Jesus’s first coming, not everyone took him for being the son of God.  Even after he did all the miracles he did, rose from the grave and was viewed as he ascended back into heaven, people still only called him a prophet, a teacher, and any other description other than the son of God.

I’ve seen some things lately which make me think that when the 2nd coming of Christ occurs, not all of us are going to recognize it.  I thought about Susan Boyle, she went her entire life without anyone recognizing her talent.  I thought about Grace Vanderwaal, even though she is young and even younger when her talent was displayed, not anyone around her had a clue of what she had inside of her.  I just saw some videos of Maddie Poppe, a top talent on American Idol.  An amazing singer-songwriter, who has been around for a while, although only 20, was not seen as an incredible talent.  She even auditioned on the show the Voice and not a chair turned around.  Even our current President is not being given the credit for the successes he has had.  And if you were turned off by my last sentence, then what I am saying is so true.

When Christ comes, and he is coming, I don’t think it will be so obvious that we all will know.  I believe even in the Bible, many of us who claim faith and loyalty to Jesus will not recognize him.   Agreeing on when Christ is here, will mean many of us who now is many ways hate each other for what we believe, other than the faith and love for God, will have to agree on Jesus.  It won’t matter to Jesus, but it means that many of us who cannot imagine ever agreeing with each other will have to unite.  If we believe it isn’t just because the other believe it is . . .I pray we don’t, we let our heart guide us.

God Bless!