Sunday, March 27, 2011

How Atheists are Made...?

We hear in new books promoting theories of how Atheists are made, ideas of how one’s good or bad family life may promote either a propensity for a just and moral life, with an assumption here that good Christian kids are raised from good Christian parents…or at least an up-right, strong father figure…because our foundational ideas of God are related to our fathers. But what does it say in the Word of God? What do some examples from the Bible say…what analogies are used to teach us to follow the Lord?

2 Chronicles 30:7 says “And do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were unfaithful to the LORD God of their fathers, so that He made them a horror, as you see.”

Cries from Psalm of being forsaken by ones parents… “For my father and my mother have forsaken me…” (Psalm 27:10) and reminders to remember God and his works “and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.” (Psalm 78:8)And what did Jesus say? “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39)

So I believe the point I am trying to biblically illustrate here is the danger of absolutizing anything. Our heavenly father is NOT like our earthly father. He does not tell lies, cheat, and above all is not a sinful fallen human being in desperate need of redemption. And that goes for mothers also.

We are transients in a fallen, and fractured world. We walk along the road God places us on only by His grace, mercy and love. All of us suffer disappointments, damage, pain, and loss…until we realize that God is not like our existent (or non-existent) earthly fathers ( or mothers for that matter) and seek the transcendent, yet immanent Creator…who knows us and yet still loves us and is the only one to mend, heal, restore and finally give us the life meant to share with others…only then with God as our true guide and focus will we understand how our lives were meant to be lived.

When any human being falls under the glamour of lusting after immorality (of any sort…money, power, sex, fame) that is a clear sign where that person’s heart is. So in the end, we cannot reduce everything to simplistic equation or rationalization (it is the fault of * fill in the blank *)

Are we using horrible child hood experiences of some Atheists to give comfort to ourselves? Are some of us patting ourselves on the back that “thank God I’m not like that” or beating our breasts with sorrow thinking to ourselves, “I guess I wasn’t a good father/mother, because my son/daughter won’t go to church.”

We know there are some universalities: All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Everyone is in need of Salvation. And God so loved the world that he sent His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but receive eternal life.

You can blame your father or mother, sister or brother, the church or even God for your pain and unbelief…but in the end you, as a unique, special, precious human being; will have to stand before the Only Just Judge who will ask you to give an account for your life…and He will not listen to any excuse.

So my question today is…Are you looking for excuses or are you ready to take up your own personal cross and follow Jesus?

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