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The Consequences Of Ideas - Not Believing In God

Nothing has a more direct impact on our mortal choices than whether we believe in God. The moral choices we make determine the outcome of our lives and, collectively, of society.

Our attitude toward law, respect for authority, respect for the unborn, and even our sexual practices, are determined largely by our belief or lack of belief in God.

Our conduct toward others, as well as the love and commitment in our relationship, for the most part, boils down to one issue: “Do we believe God when He speaks”?

Over the past few centuries we have come through a supposed age of enlightment in which philosophers, and other thinkers have sent a clear message that we don’t need God to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

Those of us who believe in a God and the truthfulness of the Bible are often seen as uneducated, unenlightened, superstitious and archaic, and maybe downright dangerous.

In 1989 Richard Dawkins a staunch defender of evolution wrote: “It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked), but I’d rather not consider that”.

Academic and government institutions, the most responsible for determining society’s thinking and behavior, have for the most part banned God from their halls.

Most philosophy, psychology, science and history classes begin with an evolutionary premise, that is, there is no God, and life came into being spontaneously by chance. Thus, they include no universal purpose or ultimate mean for human life in their course of study.

The question is where does that leave us? Just what are the fruits of denying the existence of the Creator God?

David wrote: “The fool has said in his heart (or mind) there is no God” (Ps. 14:1-3). What are the consequences of such thinking, same verse: “They are corrupt, they have done abominable works. There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understands, who seeks God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt. There is none who does good, no, not one.”

In other words, their outlook is defiled. But the truth of the matter is; God understands the motivations of people who deny the possibility that God is real.

When we present ideas that God doesn’t exist, what is right or wrong, just doesn’t matter to them.

The author Aldous Huxley, who lived from 1894 to 1963 wrote in his book Ends and Means says: “I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning, consequently I assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. Those who detect no meaning in the world generally do so because, for one reason or another, it suits their purpose, that the world should be meaningless.”

Where does such thinking lead? Huxley goes on: “For myself, I have no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desire was from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.”

Here, this author admitted it was his desire to be free from moral standards that propelled him and others who shared his thinking to devise a rational basis for dismissing the ideas of any innate moral obligations.

When we send our children off to school they have no idea that such motives shaped the theories and philosophies they are taught as fact.

Both brothers, Aldous and Julian Huxley were the grandsons of Thomas Huxley who was a close friend to Charles Darwin. He had this to say about his antireligious bias:

“I am very glad that you see the importance of doing battle with the clericals (he is talking to a biologist friend of his). I desire that the next generation may be less fettered by the gross and stupid superstitions of religious orthodoxy than mine has been.”

They call us stupid for believing in God: listen to a statement that a paleontologist by the name of Stephen Jay Gould: “We are here because one odd group of fishes has a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because comets struck the earth and wiped out dinosaurs, thereby giving mammals a chance not otherwise available; because the earth never froze entirely during the ice age; because a small species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed so far to survive by hook or crook.

We may yearn for a higher answer, but none exist. This explanation, though superficially troubling, if not terrifying, is ultimately liberation and exhilarating.”

Why would anyone feel exhilarated and liberated by convincing himself that God does not exist?

The heart is the problem: The prophet Jeremiah wrote: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick, who can understand it” (Jere. 17:9).

The Great God exposes the dark intent of those who deliberately set themselves against Him:

“For when they (those who despise God’s authority) speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage” (II Peter 2:18-19).

As members of God’s true Church, we must guard our minds against those “great swelling words of emptiness” that constantly bombard us with unsubstantiated evolutionary thought. Such thinking has a gradual and insidious effect on us and on our society that the Bible equates with slavery.

God’s Word doesn’t pull any punches in identifying the motivation for denying His existence.

Paul explains that some people disregard God to satisfy their own passions. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress (or hold back) the truth in unrighteousness because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Rom. 1:18-21).

When you or anyone with a sane mind looks into the skies and examines the world around us, we see the creative hand of God, and that should be self-evident.

A reasonable person will recognize God exists because of the evidence he can see with his own eyes.

Man rejects God principally because God’s laws embody a morality that is outwardly focused and shows concerns for others rather than oneself. Mankind is motivated by selfish concerns for what is best for him, what he can get.

Why do we have such a selfish nature, where did it come from?

In chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis, here we read of Satan, in the guise of a whispering enchanter, planted this suspicion and rebellion toward God in the minds of Adam and Eve. He told them God was not acting in their best interest and convinced them they could do just as well, if not better, without God

When Eve was taken in by Satan’s seductive reasoning and Adam then rebelled with her, God didn’t force Himself on them. God allowed them to live without the benefit of His revealed knowledge.

As the result, Adam blamed his wife Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. And, man has been blaming everyone else for his troubles ever since.

It didn’t take long for things to degenerate, in a fit of jealousy, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve killed his younger brother.

Envy, jealousy, and greed have become entrenched in human motivations just as violence has become a common way of dealing with conflicts.

Ever since the descendants of Adam and Eve have seldom freely returned to God and willingly trusted in Him.

Notice: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds (thoughts and ideas) on the things of the flesh” (Rom. 8:5). In other words, their fleshly desires prejudice their minds against God and the morality of His laws.

Paul continues in verse 7, “for this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law indeed it cannot.”

It’s little wonder that most people reject anything that doesn’t reflect their own point of view.

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jere. 10:23).

Historically no nation or peoples have wanted to be governed by all of the Ten Commandments. Why, because they go against the grain of human nature.

There are those who see benefits in keeping several of the commandments, such as not lying to, stealing from or killings one’s fellowman. At best, people generally pick and choose among God’s laws or embrace them only superficially.

In rejecting God’s revealed way of life, people unknowingly cut themselves off from blessings and sentence themselves to suffering.

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you? (Deut. 30:15-16).

The world, as a whole, has chosen not to accept God’s offer of a way that will lead to an abundant and fulfilled life. Where does all this ill rational thinking lead us?

For all this ill rational thinking, the apostle Paul analyzes the fruits of the thinking that leaves God out of the picture: “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Rom. 1:26-27).

The fact is, people simply don’t want God to stop them from gratifying their selfish lusts.

A philosopher of the modern world, Friedrich Nietzsche, was influential in the attack on God as the source of moral standards. This man’s thinking had a great impact on one man in particular Adolf Hitler.

To Hitler, the higher law of the party took precedence over the Ten Commandments.

Lenin praised the revolutionary conscience as a sure guide to mankind than the conscience implanted by religion.

Science and philosophy now teamed up to shatter the hold religion had on the populace. With the theory of evolution, and the ramifications of that thinking, would come the bloodiest century in human history.

It would be much simpler and surer to believe God in the first place. Man can achieve everything that is good for him now and a happy fulfilled life and in the future immortality.

When mankind breaks any of God’s laws, denying that God exists in no way removes the price that must be paid. There are consequences for not believing and obeying God!

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