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Posts tagged atheists
Doing good because it might get us into heaven is actually anti-Christian, as these Scriptures show:
We love because he (Jesus) first loved us. ( 1 John 4:19 ESV)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ( Ephesians 2:4-9 ESV) /p>
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. ( Romans 5:17 ESV)
Kyle Webs on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/1559282
The questions Epicurus posed so long ago are answered many times in the Bible. I’ve picked one passage to illustrate:
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him. The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies. What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time. (Nahum 1:3, 6-9 NKJV)
So, God is both able and willing to prevent evil, which means He cannot be the originator of evil. Since He is slow to anger, most of us, like Epicurus, don’t like God’s timetable. That includes me. Unlike Epicurus, I know God is God and I’ll confess Him until I die.
Why? Because in all the evil that God is not angry about yet, He includes all the evil committed by everyone who hasn’t yet turned to Jesus. If God weren’t slow to anger, He would have exterminated the whole bunch a long time ago. He would have exterminated me before I became a Christian. He would have exterminated everyone who has ever drawn breath because, “[A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NKJV)
If God hasn’t punished all the people you think He should have, be thankful, because He hasn’t punished you either. That doesn’t mean your punishment is inevitable. It means your forgiveness is possible. No matter what you’ve done or what you’re doing, Jesus died to pay for your sins. When He rose from the dead, Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave. He is offering you the chance to do the same. He is offering you forgiveness, unconditional love, and eternal life in heaven. All you have to do is ask Him to show you He’s real.
I was like you, alienated by the behavior of the believers I knew. One day, I asked Jesus to show me the truth. He did, and He hasn’t stopped since. What’s more, I’ve seen Him punish some of the people who kept me from Him. That’s never a happy event, but it is proof that God keeps His promises because He is exactly who He says He is.epicuhttp://weheartit.com/entry/23986225
If you’re an atheist because you’re disillusioned by the conduct of the Christians you know, Jesus wants you to know this: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV)
Translation: If it walks, talks, and acts contrary to Jesus’ teachings, it’s not a Christian. We are neither perfect nor righteous people of and by ourselves. Our righteousness was bought by the blood of Jesus Christ. Yes, He came to earth to fulfill the law, but we don’t obey the law to get into heaven. We obey the law, however imperfectly, because we love and believe in Jesus.
Any “Christian” who wants you to believe that you’re not good enough to approach Jesus is a ravenous wolf — period. When we call out to Him and turn our lives over to Him, Jesus helps us overcome those sins we can’t quit on our own. Turn your back on false Christians and everything they have said or done to you. Jesus LOVES you, and when you call out to Him, you’ll find out just how much.
Yup, that’s in the Bible. Let’s view it in context:
He said to him, “Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city.” Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, “Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all—old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin right here at the Temple.” So they began by killing the seventy leaders. (Ezekiel 9:4-6 NLT)
What on earth for? Is it just a fit of pique on God’s part? Here’s what God says elsewhere in Ezekiel:
“Then he said to me, “The sins of the people of Israel and Judah are very, very great. The entire land is full of murder; the city is filled with injustice. They are saying, ‘The LORD doesn’t see it! The LORD has abandoned the land!’ ” ( Ezekiel 9:9 NLT)
“You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you played the prostitute. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen? You took the very jewels and gold and silver ornaments I had given you and made statues of men and worshiped them. This is adultery against me! “Then you took your sons and daughters—the children you had borne to me—and sacrificed them to your gods. Was your prostitution not enough? Must you also slaughter my children by sacrificing them to idols?” ( Ezekiel 16:16-17, 20-21 NLT)
“Prepare chains for my people, for the land is bloodied by terrible crimes. Jerusalem is filled with violence. The king and the prince will stand helpless, weeping in despair, and the people’s hands will tremble with fear. I will bring on them the evil they have done to others, and they will receive the punishment they so richly deserve. Then they will know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 7:23, 27 NLT)Okay, truth time. Let’s say most of the people in your country have decided that they want what they want when they want it, and violence is the only way to get it. So, they start following gods who demand murder, child sacrifice, and other injustices as worship. This new religion is so entrenched that even small children practice it. What would you do? What would you have God do? In light of your answer, does the verse on the billboard still seem outrageous to you?
Marble Venus on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/13473584
Just call out to Jesus — “If You’re real, show me.”
Ah, Leviticus. Ah, legalism. It may be true that holiness isn’t legalism, but it used to be. How do all these laws square with the free gift of grace through the blood of Jesus Christ? Very well, as it turns out.
If that’s true, why are Christians eating shrimp tacos and pulled pork sandwiches? Why are they getting tattoos and wearing cotton/poly blends? Because the laws forbidding those things had to do with ensuring ceremonial freedom from defects or blemishes (Leviticus 21:16-33) and uncleanness/impurity (Leviticus 11, dietary laws) .
When Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, He was without blemish or defect, not only physically and ceremonially, but in actual fact, because He led a sinless life. With His death, Jesus fulfilled the law (Matthew 5:17) and did away with animal sacrifices, purchasing forgiveness for our sins with His blood. He took our sins and conferred on us His righteousness. Christians no longer need to maintain ceremonial perfection because, when God looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Jesus.
Because we’ve been forgiven, we don’t have to pay the death penalty for sex outside of marriage, though it is a sin, and a big one for a very specific reason.
1 Corinthians 6:15-20 puts it this way: “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Yes, homosexuality is a sin, mentioned not only in Leviticus, but Romans: “because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:25-27, 32 ESV)
A lot of non-Christians say that Jesus never forbade homosexuality. This is quite simply untrue. In Matthew 5:18 Jesus says, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” That includes the law against homosexuality.In Acts 22:14-15, Ananias tells Paul, “The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” So every book that Paul wrote, including Romans and Corinthians (which forbids homosexuality in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) was dictated to him by Jesus Christ. Jesus condemned divorce (Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:8-9). He also said that sorcerers — anyone who delves into the occult — will be kept outside the kingdom of God, and condemned to hell (Revelation 21:8 and 22:15. Sins then, sins now. The obvious conclusion is that Christians who don’t turn away from these sins will wind up in hell.
As for women covering their heads, Paul writes, “But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. (1 Corinthians 11:15 NKJV). I confess I have no clue about why “round haircuts” are prohibited for men. I do know that they only ever looked good on the Beatles.
So, the Bible is not as contradictory as some people believe. There is, however a difference between asserting there is no God and just disobeying Him for the sake of post-millennial harmony. The only similarity is that neither choice will turn out well. Just as there is a marked similarity between near death experiences at the gates of heaven, there is equal similarity in the accounts of time spent in hell.Darkness, foul stench, physical assault by demons, thirst, and total isolation from human and divine contact — that’s what hell is like (Bill Wiese’s”23 Minutes In Hell” is a good starting place to learn more.) Hell is a real place, and your actions have real consequences. The only question now is, what are you going to do about it?
» life_quotes_xo on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/8978785
That’s true. Not only does God give us free will, he sets a shining example of how to behave when others exercise theirs. Take a look at these Scriptures:
And you will be hated by all for My names sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:22 NKJV)
Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You? And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. (Luke 22:63-65, Luke 23:33-34 NKJV)
You’ve seen this Jesus before, “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild.” Where’s the rebel Jesus beloved of so many countercultural types?
That Jesus co-existed with the gentle one, but His targets were members of the religious establishment — period. Jesus knew that His followers would be targeted as Rushdie describes, and He told us repeatedly that hatred is part of the deal — period.
Infinite Chaos on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/17972819
Why not make a sign that will have real impact? Next time, try this one: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” ( Matthew 24:35-36 ESV)
You grind your claws, you howl, you growl. on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/9682871
Maybe Gagarin was looking for the kindly but irascible man in white who is depicted in so many movies. That’s not Him. Not even close.
What should Gagarin have been looking for? Whet should any of us look for if we want to see God? Here’s how the Bible puts it:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. ( Romans 1:18-21 NKJV)
Not only is God “up here”, He’s manifest in us, in the way we are different from plants, animals, and every other thing God created. We are different because God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” ( Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV)
God is up there. God is down here. All you have to do is look with an open mind.
Atheistic Art on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/27309798
There are plenty of insecure Christians who are weak in the faith, true. But this quote describes worship, celebration, pure joy — all of which come from a place of utmost security. We’re talking about a God who died a horrible, violent death to pay for our sins (yours too) and rose from the dead three days later — not because we’ve earned it, which is impossible, but because He loves us. That’s what we celebrate in church. It’s about how blessed we are.
Requiescat in Pace on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/13237883
Live bluegrass a-gospel (?!?) from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
“Atheists Don’t Have No Songs”
Yes, followers, I know what this means. Howdy, atheists, it’s been awhile. Today, the Bluegrass Gospel Blog addresses some of the questions and complaints that atheists have about Christians and Christianity. I’ll spend the next day or two doing that, God willing.
I don’t expect you atheists to turn those inverted crosses right side up just yet. Based on our history together, however, I would like to give you some helpful hints on how to attack me. Following me and hearting passages of scripture is cute, if disingenuous. Close-up photos of hardcore gay porn used as profile pics? Miserable failure.
See, I lived in downtown Los Angeles for eleven years. I’ve been involved in the performing arts for most of my life. For over a decade, I was involved in legislative activism on behalf of victims of child abuse. Consequently, I learned more about what people will do to society’s most vulnerable in the name of sexual freedom than you’ve ever imagined. Altogether, that means close, long-term working relationships with people in the LGBT community. You can’t scare me.Nor can you exploit those relationships to extort me into condoning their sins.
Now that we understand each other a little better, let’s do this. I’ll post some special bluegrass just for you at the end of this series — Monday or Tuesday, I’m guessing.
BAD GIRLS DO IT WELL on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/29244842
Think about this one: Just because someone, however talented, however ungodly, said it, do you believe it? Why? Could Shaw have spoken with authority here? Is it possible that he talked to every Christian living at that time, and if so, was able to quantify what every one of them believed about the Bible?
Of course not. This is a quip, and nothing more. It bears no relationship to the truth.
atheism | Tumblr on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/11469207
Is that really true?? Here’s how Jesus told His disciples to handle knowledge of the world, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16 NKJV)
The apostle Paul said it this way, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospels sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.” ( 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NKJV)
You can’t move through the world as Jesus did, as He commands all of His disciples to do, as Paul did, without understanding the ways of the world. But you can understand the world without sinning. If that’s not true, then how can scientists like Dawkins ratify the conclusions they make solely through observation?
richard dawkins – I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world « Crutch Of The Weak on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/13071585
What does the Bible say about why these words and actions don’t match up?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. ( Jeremiah 29:11-12 ESV)
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. (James 1:13 ESV)
So, where does evil come from?
You do the deeds of your father. Then they said to Him, We were not born of fornication; we have one FatherGod. Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. ( John 8:41-44 NKJV)Why doesn’t God stop Satan in his tracks? God willing, I’ll post more on that tomorrow. True Epicureans will rejoice.
Fotos de ATEIADA! on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/11244544