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Do You Live As If There Is No God?

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:18-21, ESV)

Existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, writes in his essays titled The Words that “I had been playing with matches and burned a small rug.  I was in the process of covering up my crime when suddenly God saw me.  I felt his gaze inside my head and on my hands.  I whirled about in the bathroom, horribly visible, a live target.  Indignation saved me.  I flew into a rage against so crude an indiscretion, I blasphemed, I muttered like my grandfather: ‘God damn it, God damn it, God damn it.’  He never looked at me again.” (p. 64)

All human beings know that God exists.  We cannot hide from Him.  He sees our every indiscretion.  In spite of Sartre’s claim, he never escaped the watchful eyes of God.  Sartre became an atheist precisely because he understood that God does exist.  It was the inevitable conclusion that God’s existence requires our accountability to Him that Sartre could not tolerate.  Therefore, Sartre – like millions of human beings before and since – (including myself at one time) chose to suppress the knowledge of God rather than to acknowledge God’s right to absolute sovereignty over us and our accountability to Him.

The guilt of unrighteousness drives us to a form of insanity in which we conclude that we can lock God away in some dark corner of the universe.  We are driven to suppress the truth of a supremely righteous, holy God because we know that our desires and actions fall far short of His holy standards.  Fallen man is like the mythical vampire exposed to light.  We fear the burning exposure of the presence of God.  Consequently, we choose to hide in the darkness.

Nevertheless, like the mad, self-deluded Jean-Paul Sartre, we too will one-day face the inescapable judgment of God.  All that we have said, failed to say, done, and failed to do will be weighed on the scales of justice.  The standard of God’s holy law will cast a light that overwhelms our illusions of self-righteousness.

Unless!  And this word, “unless,” is supremely important.  Unless we stand before almighty God in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, who atoned for our sins by His death on the cross – we will be like a people who wish the mountains would fall on them to cover them and hide them away.  God’s wrath is real and terrible.

You must, therefore, suppress the truth no longer.  Acknowledge the truth of God and your accountability to Him as your Creator.  Do not incorrectly assume that you can continue postponing this day of reckoning.  Flee quickly to Christ for His mercy and righteousness (John 3:16).

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  1. Holy and unblamable

    Dear Saints, Jesus is going to present you holy and unblamable to God, He will keep you from falling and present you faultless before His Father in Heaven. For His glory, majesty, dominion and power is now and forever, this is the assurance that we have received in our hearts when we professed that Jesus Christ is Lord.

    We must remind ourselves daily of Christ’s victory on the cross, for sin and death was paid for in full, and it no longer has any power over us, for His blood was poured out for a sacrifice to cleanse and cover you so that God would accept us, for Christ’s blood is an atonement for us.

    Now, Jesus freed Himself from that cruel cross and is alive forevermore, and because He lives we can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone and I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.

    Now, Jesus is waiting with great patience for men, women and children to receive His wonderful word so that He can present us all to His Father. So let us preach His saving grace to everyone that we can, for He said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to ever creature.” {Mark 16 v 15}.

    So let us be more urgent than ever before, for we see that His coming is but a moment away. May the Lord’s kindness and great love be upon you now and evermore, in Jesus name.

    “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” {St. Mark 16:15}.



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