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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Is There a God?

There are a lot of people who don’t really think about God. It’s not that they’re necessarily against Him. He just doesn’t fit into their life. If He exists, He probably doesn’t care about them, either. Many have been turned off by hypocrites, especially hypocrites in the church—whatever church. Whoever let them down “religiously” turned them off to God.

Years ago, I was talking to a man who lived in the same town we lived in. He told me he was afraid to read the Bible. I asked him why, and he said, “for fear of what I’ll find.” Somewhere inside, he understood that, if he knew more about God, he’d be responsible for what he knew. And, he didn’t want to be responsible to God.

Another man told my husband and me at a dinner, “If I couldn’t drink, smoke, and fornicate, life wouldn’t be worth living.” It’s sad that his frank opinion is the prevalent thought. Why give up all the “fun” for God?

Psalm 53:1a says, The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. (Now, we can’t judge hearts. Only the Lord knows if someone has actually decided forever in his heart to reject God. Only God knows if someone is really and truly a fool.)

The rest of the verse is interesting: Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

When people disregard God or count Him out of their lives, the results are corruption, “abominable” iniquity (sin), and not doing good.

How many corrupt businesses do you know of? How many corrupt governments? How many people accept bribes or give bribes?

What does God call abominable or an abomination? Look at this list from the Bible:
            Touching or eating something ceremonially “unclean” (Lev. 7:21; 11:43;
                       19:7 and more, Old Testament Law)
            Idolatry (2 Chron. 15:8; 1 Pet. 4:3) and making an idol (Deut. 27:15)
            Homosexuality (Lev. 18:22; 20:13)
            People who accept sin as okay (Job 15:16)
            Sin in general (Ezek. 16:52)
            Offering ill-gotten money to God (Deut. 23:18)
            A “froward” (willful, uncontrolled) person (Prov. 3:32; 11:20; 16:5)
            The sacrifice of the wicked (Prov. 21:27)
            A scorner (rejects God) (Prov. 24:9)
            The prayer of someone who won’t listen to God’s law (Prov. 28:9)
            Incest and fornication (Ezek. 22:11; 33:26)

When God is left out of a life, the results are being without a conscience. The nastiest sins seem okay. There’s no longer any moral compass. There’s no right and wrong. Everything is “relative.” You’re only accountable to yourself, and your ideas are the only ones that matter. There’s no authority, nothing higher. When you die, you cease to exist.

We know that God DOES exist. He has existed throughout eternity. He will always be. He is the ultimate authority, and He created the world and everything in it, including us. He is love. He is just and holy. He cares for us and sacrificed His own Son for us. He wants a daily relationship with us. We have the hope of heaven because of faith in Him. We have purpose, meaning in life, a mission to fulfill. We have discernment and victory over sin, because we have His Word to guide us. When we die, we’re absent from the body and present with the Lord (from 1 Cor. 5:8). What a contrast!

The wise person says in his heart, “There is a God.”

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