Genesis Trail – Ray Comfort
31And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
It was the brilliant father of science, Sir Isaac Newton, who once said,
"Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors."
If he was alive today, he may like to revise his last six words. We live in an age where there is a revival of the senselessness of atheism. But he certainly put his finger on its cause. Normally those guilty of the sin of idolatry pick and choose the attractive characteristics of the nature of God-"My God is a God of love and mercy. He would never create Hell."
And they are right. He would never create Hell because he couldn't. He doesn't exist. He's a figment of their over active imagination-the place of imagery. The nature of the Creator of the Universe, as revealed in Holy Scripture, is not only love and mercy, but also justice and truth, holiness and righteousness.
The atheist's buffet, however, is a reverse idolatry. He picks and chooses a god from the characteristics he finds unattractive-"The God of the Bible is a judgmental, homophobic, unloving, wrath filled, merciless tyrant. If that's your 'God of love,' I want nothing to do with him!" But the god he doesn't believe in doesn't exist. He is also a figment of the human imagination.
Remember, Newton said, "Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice."
The atheist is in truth just the criminal offspring of Adam, still imitating his first forefather, by trying to hide from God. And the best hiding place he can find is in atheism.
In 2008, as Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd routinely checked out some snapshots of tattooed gang members, he noticed a crime in which he was very familiar. One gang member named Anthony Garcia, had a tattooed scene of the killing of 23-year-old John Juarez.
The tattoo showed Christmas lights on the liquor store where Juarez was murdered, where the body was found, a bent street lamp, the name of the gang that was suspected of killing him, and a helicopter above the scene firing bullets. The police put an undercover police officer in Garcia's cell and got a confession from him. He then faced a sentence of 65 years to life.
Every crime we have ever committed against God is engraved with the point of a diamond upon our conscience, whether we believe in the existence of God or not. On the Day of Judgment God's Law will seek it out and we will be punished with a life sentence, without parole.
What a fool this man was--to boast on his flesh of the crime of murder. His trophy became his damnation. And what fools sinners are when they boast about their fleshly sins, because they believe that God doesn't exist, or doesn't see or doesn't care.
God warned Israel that He saw their every transgression, by saying "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart..." (Jeremiah 17:1). He means what He says. He will punish every sin, right down to the thought and intent of the heart.
Fortunately, not all sinners are hardened atheists. Some have an open mind and are prepared to think and listen.
Stephen Hawking's Senseless Atheism
To say anything negative about Stephen Hawking is like bullying a blind man. He has an unfair disadvantage, and that gives him the benefit of his own bully-pulpit.
Peter Sellers once played a very simple gardener, who was mistakenly thought to be extremely intelligent--it was because of that fine dividing line between genius and insanity
Such is the case with Professor Hawking. He is heralded as "the genius of Britain," and yet some of his beliefs border on the insane, or at least they are very weird.
He believes the scientific impossibly that nothing created everything (Sir Isaac Newton called atheism "senseless and odious"), that there are space aliens, and that if we (us six billion plus human beings) don't start living in space, we will become extinct within a century.
Not only does he have this insight way back into our origins, into deep space, but he also has a unique knowledge of the afterlife.
He knows that Heaven doesn't exist.
John Lennon wasn't so sure. He said to pretend there's no Heaven. That's easy if you try. Then he said he hoped that someday we would join him. No doubt when he wrote those words, he wasn't thinking about where he would be, someday.
Rugby is a great game. It's like American football, except there are no pads, it's faster, and the ball can't be tossed forward.
Our son records games for us so that we can enjoy watching them, and the cool thing is that he only gives us games in which our team doesn't lose. It's a win/win situation. So we never panic when the other team gets ahead. Not in the slightest.
Such is the case with Christianity. We can't lose. I never panic for a second when an atheist thinks he's ahead of the game by saying that God doesn't exist, that things evolved, or that the Bible is full of mistakes.
God exists. Nature (creation) proves that. Knowing Him proves it. The reality of the conscience prove's it. Having the gift of everlasting life proves it. Then on top of all that I have foreknowledge of Scripture. God has recorded the game from the beginning to the end.
Every sign of the age in which we live is perfectly lined up--from increased godlessness, increased knowledge, fear of the future, the trouble in the Middle East, earthquakes in different parts of the world, hypocrisy in the Church, and much more-perfectly pinpointed in Scripture. Then there's the verses that tell us that skeptics will predictably say that these signs have always been around…and they have, but the trouble around Israel gives us the timeline.
The only mistakes in the Bible are mistakes people have made, and atheists are making the ultimate mistake when they reject God's mercy. When they think that they will ultimately win, they delude themselves. But this isn't some game. Its outcome will determine where they will spend eternity.
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