Why atheists have a problem

In the previous blog we saw that Rahab and the Gibeonites joined Enemies destroyedIsrael, because they had faith in the God of the Israelites (Rahab and Gibeonites) What is the difference between them and the Amalekites, Canaanites and Midianites whom God commanded the Israelites to annihilate?

The only difference is their attitude towards God and Israel. God’s enemies wanted to destroy His nation, the Israelites. In Psalm 83:1-4 we read, ‘O God, do not be silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. Come, they say, let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.

They wanted to get rid of Israel (it sounds quite modern, like Hitler). Did they think getting rid of the Israelites meant getting rid of God (God created the Israelite nation)? The only difference between the ‘saved’ and the ‘lost’ is that one group have faith in God and the other group wants to ‘annihilate’ Him.

The three groups planned their campaigns against the Israelites deliberately.

  • The Amalekites waylaid the Israelites as they came out of Egypt.1
  • The Canaanites wanted to attack and destroy the Gibeonites because they made a treaty with the Israelites. The Gibeonites asked the Israelites for help. Subsequently the attackers were vanquished. In the same way, the kings of Northern Canaan rallied together for a combined attack against the Israelites, but they were also routed. 2
  • The Midianites conspired with the Moabites to have Israel cursed.  Balaam gave them the advice to use women to entice the Israelites to idolatry, to worship their idols. 3  Balaam knew that would make God angry: the plague among the Israelites killed 24,000. 4

So the enemies of God have one thing in common, they hate God, ‘With one mind they [the Amalekites, some of the Midianite kings, Sisera, Jabin, the Canaanites, et cetera] plot together; they form an alliance against you.’ 5

Conclusion

Rahab and the Gibeonites acknowledged that God is all-powerful and they planned not to be destroyed. The others just plainly hated God. God acted to vindicate His honour, ‘Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord – that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.’ 6 The message remains the same today, ‘He [Jesus] will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.’ 7

The sad thing is that it applies to all haters of God, which includes atheists. One can only pray that they will reconsider.

References

  1. 1 Samuel 15:2
  2. Joshua 11:1-20
  3. Numbers 31:16; Revelation 2:14
  4. Numbers 25:7-9
  5. Psaml 83:5
  6. Psalm 83:18
  7. 2 Thessalonians 1:8

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

4 thoughts on “Why atheists have a problem”

    1. Thanks for your comment, Violetwisp. We agree with you that it makes no sense to love and worship the God that you don’t have a relationship with. Especially if it is for (seemingly) no reason at all (except out of fear that He might destroy you). It is irrational and stupid.

      Neither Rahab nor the Gibeonites worshipped God as a stand alone act. They recognised Him as the Supreme Ruler who delivers what He promises. For example, He promised a specific country to Abraham and no one could stop Him. Abraham’s descendants live there today.
      He promises a future country (the new heavens and earth) to His followers, and no one will stop Him.

      The Bible is about the promise of that country. God invites all people who are willing to accept His rule to join Him in that Utopia of relationship, love, safety, peace and harmony for all eternity.
      We do see that people who reject God like to use words selectively to change what is actually the core of a message.

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  1. I admire you both for the courage to post about the Gospel and the Holy Bible in this morally bankrupt and faithless times. I have thought about joining the Jesus generals of writing, but I have not been called to as of yet. However, when I have mention the name of Jesus – as on my about page or various post, the comments are sometimes so mean spirited and negative. I have been a long time faithful follower of Christ and I have read my versions of the Bible, but it makes my heart heavy to debate the word. I commend you both and encourage you to continue your good work. I am your fan😊 and Jesus is the name above all names, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Every knee shall bow one day and it will be finished. God bless.

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