The Challenge of an Atheist
We are kingdom people and the kingdom of God should be on display daily in us and through us! Let us live out Matthew 5:14-16 which states; “You are the light of the world…let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works (actions) and glorify your Father in heaven.” Please remember that the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power! (1Cor. 4:20) The Apostle Paul made his intentions clear when he said; “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes…” (Rom. 1:16)
Below is an actual challenge given by an atheist to those around him who claimed to be Christians yet their lives didn’t match their confession. Please read and ponder.
Challenge of an Atheist
Were I a religionist, did I truly, firmly, consistently, believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another life, religion should be to me everything. I would cast aside earthly thoughts and feelings as less than vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image when sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I would labor for her cause alone. I would not labor for meat that perishes, nor for treasure on earth, but only for a crown of glory in the heavenly regions, where treasures and happiness alike are beyond the reach of time and chance. I would take thought for the morrow of Eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained to heaven worth a life of suffering. There shall not be worldly prudence, nor calculating circumspection in my engrossing zeal. Earthly consequences should never stay my hand nor seal my lips. I would speak to the imagination, awaken the feelings, stir up the passions, and arouse the fancy. Earth, its joys and its grief’s, should never occupy a moment of my thoughts, for these are the affairs of a portion of eternity so small that no language can express its comparatively infinite littleness. I should strive to look but on Eternity and on the immortal souls around me soon to be everlastingly miserable or everlastingly happy. I would deem all who thought merely of this world, merely seeking to increase temporal happiness, and laboring to obtain temporal goods, I would deem all such as purely mad men. I would go forth to the world and preach to it, in season and out of season, and my text should be, “what would it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul.” -Author Unknown
I hope that stirred you as it does me. A good reminder to live this life to the fullest, looking for the God opportunities to share the gospel with mankind! I will leave you with the words written in Philemon 6; “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”
Be Blessed! PR