The religious are not known for their ability to think

An atheist wrote, ‘The religious are not renowned for their ability to think (otherwise they would not be religious).’  PantheonHe then equates the God of the Bible with Apollo, Atlas, Dionysius, Odysseus, Baal, Brahma, Ganesha, Odin and others. Christians don’t believe in gods like Odysseus and the others because there is no reason to take note of them. Evidence that they were real is non-existent:

 

# 1. Where are their books? Surely if those gods are real like the God of the Bible, they should have left some kind of historical witness or written record. Their books, like the Bible, should give details of people, the country they lived in (like Israel), national events (like the exodus and exile of the Israelites), neighbours (like the Assyrians, Philistines, Romans), et cetera.

 

# 2. What was their central theme? The Bible’s central theme is that God plans an eternal Kingdom of peace on the renewed earth. The one person who opened the door to that Kingdom is Jesus, the Son of God. The history of Jesus is recorded in Scripture. The major events of His life, a logical part in God’s plan, was the crucifixion and resurrection. They were so significant that the message spread throughout the world. So there is a universal Church that adheres to the teaching of the risen Lord Jesus. Those other gods don’t have books with central themes.

 

# 3. What was their plan for man? If Odysseus, Brahma, Odin, Thor, and all the others are on the same level as the God of the Bible, what was their universal plan for man (like an eternal kingdom of peace)? How will they fulfil their purpose (like creating new heavens and a new earth)? Who is the saviour who opened the way for man to be part of the plan (like Jesus)?

 

# 4. Where is their big picture history? A book written by only one person in his life time, is not sufficient. The Bible was written by at least forty different writers over at least 1,500 years. The 66 books of the Bible are united by the theme of the Messiah, Jesus.

  • He is coming (Old Testament).
  • He came (New Testament).
  • The Epistles (letters of Paul and the others) interpret why Jesus came to earth and what it has to do with God’s Kingdom.
  • The last book, Revelation, ends with a prophetic view of how the Kingdom of God will become a reality.

We expect no less from Dionysius, Odysseus, and the many others if they are equal to the Trinity.

 

# 5. Where is the war against them? No person is unaware of the war against the Bible. Where is the war against Odysseus’ book, and those of Thor, Odin, et cetera? There is nothing.

 

Can atheists think logically? Maybe not. The Bible says, ‘The god of this age [the devil] has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.’ 1

 

They accuse us of being closed minded. Again the Bible explains it, ‘You, however, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.’ 2 We as Christians should remember it, and understand that they are blinded by the god of this age (the devil). So we shouldn’t get mad at them, but we should treat them with love and respect.

Read the Atheist Letter here.

 

References

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:4
  2. Romans 2:1

Aronofsky’s contribution to the war against God

Darrel Aronofsky is either an atheist, or non-religious, and his film ‘Noah’ demonstrates it. Noah part of battle against BibleThere is a universal law that says people will be known by their actions: ‘Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.’ 1 Another verse corroborates it, ‘…out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.’  2

 

In this blog we want to draw attention to one deceptive strategy in the film. Noah explains to his family how ‘God’ created, but what follows is an evolutionary description. How can both those accounts be true at the same time? It is simple logic. The purposeful creative acts of the true God are not the random, chance events of evolution. If evolution is true, there can be no Creator God as the Bible presents Him. End of story.

 

In the film the ‘Creator’ is referred to a few times. Who is he? We know that it is not the God of Genesis 1. There He created by speaking and in the rest of the Bible He is usually addressed as Lord, God, Lord God Almighty, et cetera. Paul explains in his writing to the congregation at Corinth: ‘For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.’  3

 

The Bible presents the true God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. There are false gods and lords.  In the film the references to the ‘creator’ are to some false god who did not create, because evolution accomplished it all. Why do they talk about a ‘creator’? It is because the purpose of the film is to initially deceive people to think it is the God of the Bible, and then to shatter people’s faith in the real Creator God of the Bible. It can be compared to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. It was designed to let people doubt, even if it is just a story.

 

The film ‘Noah’ is an excellent example of the continuing war against the Bible and its teachings. It was designed to replace the true God with some other pathetic, angry, revengeful ‘god’ who wants to destroy the human race so that nature and the animals can flourish (this is another agenda that we will address).

 

Conclusion: Darrel Aronofsky is a brilliant filmmaker. With this film he demonstrated his agenda: destroy knowledge of the true Creator God. When you watch the film, be forewarned so that you do not fall for the deception. We personally encourage Christians to go and see the movie, but thoroughly investigate the Biblical plot in Genesis 6-9 before you go. Then you will recognise the war against God, and once again realise how precious our faith is, how precious our Bible is, and how precious it is to be reconciled to the Creator God through Jesus.

 

Russell Crowe, in the title role of Noah, talks about the cruel God who is presumably depicted in the Bible. That ‘god’ is the ‘creation’ of Aronofsky, and has nothing to do with the God of the Bible.

 

References

  1. Matthew 7:15-16
  2. Matthew 12:34b
  3. 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

Stone the rebellious child

One of the favourite accusations against God is a law in ancient Israel: stone a rebellious son who will not obey his parents.1 It sounds cruel, very cruelChristians are frequently asked why they cling to such a tyrannical God?Rebellious

This particular law was part of a very specific agreement (covenant) between God and the Israelites.  There is nobody who lives on earth today that has that covenant with God. It was replaced by the New Covenant in Jesus.

So why did God originally make a covenant with the Israelites? As Owner of the universe, God wants moral people to live in safety and happiness, without fear and harm. The Bible teaches that the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) is eternal. They always existed in peace, love and harmony. We call it the Trinitarian Love Relationship. That is God’s goal: that all people will love Him and their neighbours, in a productive, peaceful, society not hindered by violence and hate.

The covenant laws with old Israel affected most areas of relationships: God and man, marriage, family and society. Compare it to an ideal country—a president or leader with no skeletons in his cupboard. He is honest and loves and cares for his people. That means he makes laws for their benefit. The nation obeys the laws and the people love their leader and their neighbours. So there are no murders, rapes, child abuse, divorce, thefts or pornography. Who wouldn’t like that? It will be glorious and liberating with no jails or pain. People will be happy, carefree and productive.

That is what God intended for the Israelites: He as the perfect Leader and they the model nation. That included the command to remove the rebellious son, so that his rebellion would not spread. The Israelites failed and were eventually exiled for breaking the terms of the covenant.  It illustrated that people cannot live up to God’s standards, but He promised a solution, ‘The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

The New Covenant was with Jesus. He would change the hearts of people who accept His death on their behalf. He would make it possible for them to obey and love God (with the Holy Spirit to help, teach and guide them). Jesus opened the way to the Trinitarian Love Relationship, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbour as you love yourself.3

Why do atheists and skeptics question the old covenant with Israel to convince us that God is cruel and vindictive? That covenant applies to no one living on this planet today. They have to convince themselves that God is a terrible cosmic tyrant. That gives them a hypothetical reason to reject  Him.

Conclusion: God’s law in the Old Testament doesn’t apply to anyone living today. The Israelites failed to live as God wanted them to (the Old Testament), but He sent Jesus to gather a people for Himself. So at the end, God will have His very own nation, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.4

Question? God’s old covenant with Israel revolved around the Tabernacle and later the Temple where animals were sacrificed. If that old covenant with Israel still stands, why is there no Jewish Temple in Jerusalem today?

References

  1. Deuteronomy 21:18-21
  2. Jeremiah 31:31
  3. Mark 12:30-31
  4. Revelation 21:3