July 16, 2009

Everybody Knows

At one end of the spectrum, a person knows that he can't deny Him, so he goes to some kind of church out of duty, or respect or because he is unsure of the consequences of appearing to deny Him. However, as he doesn't know anything about Him, he never really gets close enough to get to know Him any better. This person knows just enough to know not to disregard Him. But he misses out on so much of God for the uncertain consequences of getting too close.

I work with someone like this, who said, "I don't know what I believe, but I go to church every week. And that's something."

It is something, it is a start of sorts. But there could be so much more.

At the other end of the spectrum are those who know deeply that He exists and fear that fact so much that they speak disparaging things about Him, publicly. This is often confused, inconsistant or false theology, misconceptions that come from never actually reading His word.

This would be your Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, Amazing Atheist types. They don't believe that He isn't real, they hate God precisely because He exists.

In the middle of these two extremes falls everyone who knows a little about Him - maybe what they've been told by someone else, maybe from their own intuitions - and so ventures out in their own way, mostly determined by what they're comfortable with. Some might participate in social welfare activities, some might read their Bibles and pray diligently on their own and never go to church. Others might be very active in church but don't speak of Him outside of it.

But everybody knows that He is there and cannot be denied. The agnostic says he's not sure who God is, but that is only because he's never taken the time to try to know Him. Even the atheist's behaviors are motivated by a hatred of God, not a true denial of His existence. Or, they know how much they need Him, and so they hate Him because they think He doesn't exist.

"If there were no God, there would be no Atheists."
G.K. Chesterton


Bonjour Madame said...

Great post! And you are right, you can't deny He exists.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I like what Paul Washer says..."The question is not "Do you know the Lord?"....the question is "DOES THE LORD KNOW YOU?"

John said...

Nice post--for me, it was going through a really rough time and realizing that HE was there for me that got me past the "going to church" phase...

Maalie said...

>This would be your Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, Amazing Atheist types. They don't believe that He isn't real, they hate God precisely because He exists.

LOL! I have never read so much rubbish in all my life!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

You are so right about the Bill Maher thing - every time I hear that guy yack I think there is no way you can hate someone so much that you don't even believe exists.

Maalie said...

I don't get this. Nobody hates God. At best it is a simple blind indifference.

It is not God that atheists hate: it is fundamentalism; blind dogmatic belief in superstitious belief over which people are prepared to kill each other.

Victoria said...

Thanks for all the great comments. I'm glad this post was helpful to you personally.

Maalie- Why would someone spend their entire academic and personal career trying to persuade people that God didn't exist if they were "blindly indifferent?" Why not just hang up the issue, being personally satisfied that one has the answer on that, and do something else?


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