Sunday, September 8, 2013

Word of the Day... September 8, 2013


Even Atheists Have Moments of Doubt

Perhaps you have heard of George Bernard Shaw. We was a highly regarded thinker and writer and, among other things, won a Nobel Prize in literature. He also was an avowed and vocal atheist. Shaw firmly believed in science and what mankind could accomplish. But toward the end of his life, he realized this was a misplaced hope. He wrote, "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Europe. I believed them once. In their name I helped to destroy the faith of millions of worshippers in the temples of a thousand creeds. And now they look at me and witness the great tragedy of an atheist who lost his faith."


As C.S. Lewis wrote, "Even atheists have moments of doubt." Problem is, George Bernard Shaw put his hope in the wrong thing. Do you have hope today? Victor Hugo said, "Hope is the Word which God has written on the brow of every man." That all sounds good, but the question is: Hope in what or whom?


When I use the word "hope," I don't mean a blind optimism. The modern idea of Hope is "to wish for," "to expect." This may be based on fate, serendipity, good luck, or perhaps, wishing on a star. As the great theologian Jiminy Cricket sang to the wooden puppet Pinocchio, "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires will come to you." But that really isn't true is it?


Some will say, "I just know it will get better!" but it won't always. Some put their trust in their investments; the things of this life than can quickly disappear. The Book of Job reminds us, "The hopes of the godless comes to nothing. Everything they count on will collapse. They are leaning on a spider web. They cling to their home for security, but it won't last. They try to hold it fast, but it will not endure" (Job 8:13-15).


That is especially poignant in this economy; is it not? We need to put our hope in God. We should not have hope for hope's sake; we must have hope in God. The Psalmist writes, "Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God" (Psalm 42:5). This will give us the strength to go on in life, because we know there is a heaven where wrongs will be made right. The hope of a Christian is a quiet confidence. It is a supernatural certainty.


And where do we find this hope? In the pages of Scripture. Paul reminds us that the Scriptures were written to "give us hope" (Romans 15:4). So put your hope in God today. He will never disappoint. This is a very good word from Pastor Greg Laurie.  I really enjoy his way of reaching regular people for Jesus Christ.  Have you asked Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior?

Time is short dear ones.  I believe that we will be called home very soon.  Don’t be deceived the way George Bernard Shaw was.  Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior today.  God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery. 

The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is nothing fits right in there.  Only God can quench the longing of your soul.

 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!”  Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  God bless you!!!

2 comments:

Some people wonder how Christians can believe in God...I wonder how scary it most be not to believe in God. It takes more faith to believe that there is nothing then it takes to believe in Him. I asked one time a person who challenged me that there was no God...who told me that everything was created from a speck. Trying to convince me that my God did not create the universe and everything in it....I asked him to tell me what made that speck.

Wonderful post!

Laura@Mice In The Kitchen

Thank you Laura!!! I couldn't agree more with you. Maybe that is why there is so many depressed people in this world. They have lost hope because they don't know Jesus! I am going to let my little light shine so that maybe even a few more can find their home and out of the dark. God bless you sister!!! :):):)

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