“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 14:1)
“Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.” (Colossians 4:14)
“There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus; Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.”
“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed…” (2 Timothy 4:10)
We do not claim to know Demas’ soul state. We will however, assume he was a believer. Paul saw something in him and Paul was not a man easily deceived. Paul considered him a fellowlabourer and included him in his work and his epistles. But the last we hear of Demas is his forsaking of Paul and his departure to the world.
We observed two Christian (?) ladies whispering to a man about God and about their own love for him. After the ladies left we asked the man if they were speaking to him about God (making sure they weren’t J.W. or Mormon). He answered in the affirmative and then revealed himself to be an atheist. We asked him to see their witness for what it is and it is an act of love and care. He said he did accept it that way…. (And by the way, do not whisper the Gospel. Nothing says, “I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST” like a whispering “sssshhhhoul-winner”.) Speak up! for Christ and His Faith.
We found this man to be likable and intelligent. He told me that he has been hit, scratched, and spit upon by “Christians.” Brethren, these things ought not to be. If we read this man right we believe him to be a militant atheist. Militant atheists are tricky and they are intelligent. To help you understand the militant atheist we can describe him as the anti-soul winner. He will share his beliefs and try to convert people to atheism.
When speaking to an atheist be respectful and do not spit, scratch or hit for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Do not hate them and do not be overly loving and remember that a person cannot become a Christ-ian at will. Remember that for a man to become a Christ-ian God must will it. God and God Alone can give life to a dead spirit. So while the atheist believes that he or she is rejecting the God Who “is not there” the truth is God may very well have rejected the atheist before the foundation of the world.
We will provide you with a tool that will deepen your understanding of Scripture. When a verse or passage is written in the positive think about the negative and visa versa. For example, In 1 John Ch. 4 John writes, “We love [H]im because [H]e first loved us.” This is a positive statement so let us ponder the negative side……………..Now that we have pondered the negative side let us put it into words, “They do not love God because He does not love them.” He is kind to them. He is merciful to them and as He provided for His own they also benefited.
If one were to read John 10 one would learn that the life long atheist is not among Christ’s sheep nor is God’s love or Word in him. Furthermore one would learn that the life long atheist has no part in the death and resurrection of Christ. In other words The Lord Jesus did not die for him nor did He rise for him. Christ did not propitiate God’s wrath on the atheists behalf.
With all this Biblical truth Christ-ians must cease and desist all outrage toward the atheist and keep your hands, feet, and spittle to thyself.
Onto more important things. Can a Christ-ian be a practical atheist? Before we answer this question let us try to define the atheist or let us look at some characteristics of the atheist.
- The atheist does not pray.
- The atheist does not read the Bible as a practice and if he or she does read the Bible it is not for the right reasons.
- The atheist does not believe the truths of Scripture and they do not act upon Scripture’s warrant.
- The atheist does not lay his or her affections on things above.
- The atheist does not lay up treasure in Heaven.
- The atheist does not seek to become more and more Christ-like.
- The atheist cannot find comfort in God. He must seeks it elsewhere.
- The atheist must worry about life’s difficulties as he or she sees no help from above.
Christ-ian reader, Do you recognize any of the traits above as your own? Do you worry? Do you seek comfort elsewhere? Is growing more and more Christ-like a priority to you? Where are your affections? Are you laying up treasures in Heaven or is your heart firmly earthbound? Do you act upon Scriptures instructions and directives? How is your prayer life? What book of the Bible are you reading and or studying? Are you reading and studying?
Can a Christ-ian be a practical atheist? You tell me.