Silencing Worldly Lies
By Monica Y Mateo
…God is in you!
…you don’t need church!
…Church is for hypocrites!
…my God would never send me to hell!
…you are whole–you don’t need God!
You need God like you need air. You need the Holy Spirit more than universal law. You need the Bible more than any book you will ever read in your life. The world is buzzing in your ear louder than a hundred bees swarming around you. The distractions are everywhere. Nude females on magazines as you try to order a cup of coffee at a bookstore. Internet articles of fake information making you hate the people around you. Social media being used as a weapon of mass destruction. It’s harder to be Christian today with every single odd going against you. People disbelieving in Jesus growing rapidly each year causing young children to never know that they are not alone in this world. Each time a person rejects God, a child is being raised to believe that nothing better is out there.
In an article on Psychology Today, Paul Zuckerman, Ph.D stated, “Many people say that it takes faith to be an atheist. No, it does not. Atheism is simply the lack of a belief in a god. And as for who or what created the universe, we atheists say: who knows? That is not faith. That is an admission of ignorance.” In the new movie, The Case for Christ, “Lee Strobel, an atheist on an investigation to discredit Christianity, is told that, “whether you believe in God or not — it still takes faith.” He eventually finds God through the evidence gathered and became a Christian.
The clash of the two perspectives is that atheist are trying to outdo former atheist who converted. If a modern day atheist admits that it takes faith then they would have to accept the concept that they are taking a risk. What if God’s is real? What if hell is real? What if Satan is real? As Christian’s we know the answer. But what would it mean for an atheist to accept that every single thing they are doing– is going to bring a consequence they are not prepared for?
So let’s take a look at Mr. Zuckerman’s idea of accepting ignorance as an answer. We all know the definition of ignorance: lack of knowledge, education, or awareness. I assume Mr. Zuckerman is a very educated man. I assume he has done his fair share of research into human behavior. So, why give up and say that he would rather claim ignorance?
It’s like going in the wrong direction and having a GPS readily available, but saying they would rather be ignorant and keep going down that road. There is an answer. There is knowledge. There is awareness. The only thing that is clashing is the desire to not want to believe in God.
If hell is .000000000001% a possibility of being true–wouldn’t you want to know before spending an eternity there? The greatest lie Satan ever told was that he, himself, does not exist, the greatest challenge for God is proving that He does.
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. – Timothy 4:3-4
Monica Y. Mateo is a licensed social worker by day and writer/blogger by night. She is the author of her first memoir, The Cancer Warrior available on Amazon.com and BN.com.
Monica Y. Mateo is a 8 year survivor of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+, which taught her that people can change unhealthy patterns and behaviors. She is a mom, fiance, and Christian.