Atheism - A Different Perspective
First a respectful note to Atheists:
Please allow me to present some points without looking at it as trying to change you. It's just food for thought.
I truly respect all people and their opinion.
Guaranteed, most of the info on this page you've never seen before.
Many of the tough questions Atheists ask are addressed here from a different perspective.
You'll find a different view than the useless and hurtful cliché words you get from churches.
If you grew up going to church, most info you got from churches was flawed and mostly severely misleading.
I'm a humble person but tend to write with passion. I'm driven by love for all people.
CONTENT (clickable list):
1. Who Created God?
If something cannot be created from nothing, then who created God? This rule applies to us, creatures on this earth, because this is all we know. No one has been outside this world order then back to tell us about that side.
We are created.
God is not created. He exists, outside our world order. He is an infinite Being.
This also aligns with His description of Himself in the bible. He said His name is "I Am", as in, He exists. How could the early authors of the Bible thousands of years ago, know to come up with a term like "I Am"? It couldn't have possibly been fabricated by these people; it had to be God that said it. Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” God also described Himself as, “I am the Alpha and the Omega” - the beginning and the end. If you say, "there is no evidence for the existence of God," do you have evidence for His non-existence?
A true creator can only be outside His creation. He is in a different dimension. His scientific rules of physics are different than ours. Let's face it, although we feel empowered to make bold statements about things outside our realm as creatures, we're still like a chick inside an egg making confident declarations about the world outside that we don't know anything about. Why take a risk on possibly being wrong?!
2. A New Cosmic Origins Theory
Let's start with the assumption that there is a supreme being, and that He created the universe in days. Now we all know there are many cosmic theories out there contradicting to this assumption. But here's one that fits the creation in days:
If there is an infinite supreme being, and He can create such a grand universe, He should then also be able to have another dimension outside ours. A dimension where He does the designing and creating of our universe, call it His personal workspace. The growing and fossilizing can take place in that dimension over billions of years, and the appearing in our dimension can be instantaneous, or "in days".
2.1 Elaborating more on the New Theory
Let's use a smaller scale analogy from the Bible to prove this point. At the wedding at Cana, Jesus turned water into wine. How did He do that? He's not a magician! From the wedding-guests' reaction, it was clearly a high-quality wine. One that would take years to make - starting with grapes on vines, harvesting, fermenting/aging etc. to become wine. Just appeared instantly?! Only one explanation. The God of the Bible is capable of moving things that were grown and made in His realm, over to ours. And the same goes for the few loaves of bread that fed thousands of people.
So, here's one possibility God could speak a universe into existence in days, and complete with dinosaur bones and fossils dating back billions of years:
In the same way God and angels could enter and exit our earth dimension (example, the angel that appeared to Mary then disappeared), and could move physical matter like wine and bread-loaves, God should also be able to move a whole universe creation from His realm to ours. And apparently, He moved it in pieces, and in a controlled way.
Let's compare some of this to the Bible account:
- On the 1st day He moved the sun from His dimension to ours:
Genesis 1:3-5, let there be light... the first day...
- On the 4th day He moved the stars over, and positioned them:
Genesis 1:16-19, ...He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky...the fourth day...
- And it wasn't a magic-wand action; He was actually tired from all this work! And needed a rest day:
Genesis 2:2, ... on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
A home builder builds a home from the outside and can build other homes. God is outside of time, and outside our physical dimension. If He can create one dimension, He can create another, and pass things between them. For God a billion years is an instant, but for us time moves normally as it does from our human perspective. 2 Peter 3:8: But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. So, there is a lot here for us to chew on and try to comprehend. Which would be one reason He didn't burden us with the details.
Look at what God said to Job when Job was challenging Him:
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
Our scientists figuring out a big bang and an evolution, may possibly have some similarity to what God did in His realm. But they've barely scratched the surface of God's infinite power and wisdom. If we spend time seeking God in the Bible, He may reveal more of this to us, and dazzle us with the real answer.
2.2 Evolved from Cosmic Dust?
A wise person once said, the chances of us being here by random order are as good as a tornado passing through a junkyard and leaving behind a fully assembled Boeing 787 airplane. That tornado can pass through that junkyard billions of times, and never leave behind anything functional, much less an airplane.
Some believe we are what we are based on an unguided random process that started with a big bang and evolved to what we are today. Is unguided possible? Look at the complexity of our human body. Billions of pixels in the eye, a brain with superior intelligence. Then our surroundings. The air is perfect for our lungs to breath, the water is perfect to drink etc.
3. God's Absence - Is Hell
God does not send people to hell - His absence is hell. People's rejection of Him forces Him to leave.
On this earth, the sun shines on everyone. God and the devil are at play here, exactly the same as it started with Adam and Eve. Any goodness you see around you? is from God. It all comes down to people's choices. You want God out of your life? He will leave. But be careful what you ask for, you may get it and not like the results. You hate child-rapers? And "how could a good God allow this?" You may end up in the same place with them! for eternity! Take a little more time to better understand things before you finalize your decision. Not from churches! From the Bible!! I provide a lot of help in this website.
People's rejection of God comes in many forms. Atheism is one, but the more dominant one is the majority of so called "Christians" today, following their church teachings. They also don't know God, and therefore effectively rejecting Him. And of course, non-Christians who don't know the God of the Bible.
Leave the churches? Yes, highly recommended. They are all misleading donation-collecting businesses.
Leave God? Before you finalize your answer, take a look around on this website. I show the true God of the Bible in a different light. You may decide to reconsider. Start with this page: Are We True Christians?
4. Slaves Allowed in the Old Testament?
Obviously, the term "Slaves" has bad connotation in the U.S., which drives many to misunderstand, and throw away the Bible as "this can't possibly be from a loving God". I understand, a valid concern, and I would like to explain.
First note that the slaves in Old Testament times were a random mix of northern African and white middle eastern people. You can check history books for yourself. The line separating slave and free was financial status, not skin color. And so, if this is such a big concern, then middle eastern white people should also throw away the Bible as no good! But they don't! We don't hear a peep out of Middle Eastern Christians (I am one btw)! Why? Because they understand the context and the situation the world was in at the time.
In the old-testament God did have a few mentions about slaves, example "be nice/fair to your slaves". But He did not tell people to have slaves. Although an undesirable trait, He tried to work with the culture as is at the time focusing on accomplishing His main objective first, which was to establish His sin-redemption plan. Jewish people having slaves was not the only thing God did not like and had to live with at the time. Some Jewish people were also doing other detestable things, but God looked the other way. Example, men with many wives (Abraham, Jacob, king David, king Solomon). And some worshipping other gods.
So please study this well before you become an Atheist for the wrong reasons! There is no "oops!" later after death.
5. Homosexuality and the Bible
Another reason some become Atheists is that God does not condone homosexuality. I have a separate detailed link on this, here. Bottom-line, God defined a sexual norm, and homosexuality is not in it. And adultery is also not in it! The world is full of people who can't stop adultering. Most people commit the sin of adultery daily, just by watching TV for example. It's full of lustful images perfect for the adultering minds. Homosexuality and adultery sins are almost the same in God's eyes, as shown in the Bible references in my detailed link. So no need to hate God and become atheist if you're a homosexual. In the same way those committing adultery aren't becoming atheists. It's all the same category of sin.
But Christianity provides a compassionate forgiveness to all sins, including homosexual. So instead of protesting and leaving God, stay with Him, accept His rules, and humble yourself. He will forgive you! But He cannot forgive you when you reject Him. Or proudly force a gay marriage in church for example.
Forget what the churches say. The Bible says, "it is not about minimizing your sins to maximize your chances for heaven!". Christianity is about becoming forgiven! So, it is not "one less sin to worry about!!" We are all equally guilty of all kinds of sins in the eyes of God, without exception! True Christianity is about knowing how to become forgiven of our sins!
Don't become an Atheist for the wrong reasons! And please don't become a church goer! See my pages on Are We True Christians?, and How to Be True Christian.
6. God-Driven Killings in the Old Testament
Many atheists became atheists due to the lack of a good answer to this question. Why would a "loving God" give us a "Shall Not Kill" commandment, yet order the Jewish people to annihilate and kill whole civilizations? I have a good answer here.
Summarizing the Reasons for God's Actions in the Old-Testament
Rid the world of horror civilizations, sacrificing their babies in the fire to false gods, that would have otherwise continued growing to this day.
Avoid their influence on God's Jewish people in those days, paving the way to the coming of the Messiah - Jesus Christ.
Analogically, it is the same principle used today on people with cancer. They undergo chemical therapy and kill both good and bad cells in the body, in order to save the whole body.
It was in the days of the 12 tribes of Israel. They left Egypt with Moses when he performed all those powerful miracles. Then years later when they arrived at the promised land, the land was occupied by pagan civilizations with all kinds of detestable practices and sinful rituals, example burning babies in the fire as sacrifice to their gods. God ordered the Jewish people to eliminate them and take their place. More details and references on this subject at the bottom of this page.
7. Right Reasons & Wrong Reasons to Become an Atheist
The right reason to become an Atheist:
--> Being incapable of having faith.
If you are someone who must have all the questions perfectly answered and also witness some miracles, before you believe, then it's not belief anymore, it's proven and confirmed. Then Atheist is all you can ever be. God in His wisdom did not choose to do it this way. He chose the "belief" system. And believe means we don't have all the answers; just enough answers to become interested then seek further.
The wrong reasons to become an Atheist:
All the other reasons discussed on this page. If these are your reasons to become an Atheist, I urge you to look again closely at the sections above and below, and reconsider. But whatever you do, please don't become a church goer! See my pages on Are We True Christians?, and How to Be True Christians.
If you die an atheist, there is no turning back. You've permanently cut the cord with God. God could not save you at that point. You've sentenced yourself to eternal torment in darkness.
I asked this question to a friend who is atheist. What if you're wrong; what if you find out there is a God, after death? What is your contingency plan?
He said, and I quote: "I’m sure God will let me in anyway because I wasn’t horrible in my life. And if he thinks I’m deserving of hell then I don’t care to be with him anyway."
The sad fact is, many atheists think the same. People think it's a game. And they'll just be ok in the end. They mishmash various religions' teachings in their head, and march forward with that. Not knowing that Christianity is an exception to that rule. The Bible says it's not about how good or horrible you've been in your life. All people on earth have been bad at one point or another and fall short of the requirements of God. The Bible says it is about who humbles themselves, turn to God, and ask for forgiveness. But you have to do it while alive! You won't get this choice after death!
If you turn to God while alive, He will accept you with pleasure. Do it now while alive!
There is a God! An infinite supreme being, master designer and creator of heaven and earth, and everything in them. And a whole history of miraculous events recorded both in the Bible and in some public records. Just because it happened a long time ago, doesn't mean we can forget it now and call it a fairy tale! Many saw Jesus after He rose from the dead. But so many now are skeptical. This is because humans always go for the "it's a hoax" rumor.
I urge you to look around on this website. It offers a completely different perspective on Christianity. Describing the God of the Bible in a different light; one you haven't seen before. Without our acceptance of Him, God cannot force Himself on us. We have to accept Him while alive! Yes God is all loving and merciful, but He cannot save us if we reject Him all our lives, then die in that state.
We feel we've advanced so far in knowledge and technologies that now popular and intelligent people decided there is no God, and we should all follow. So we declare it a "fairy tale" and become atheist! But the reality is, the "intelligent people" lack "wisdom".
We're still only barely scratching the surface in knowledge and technology. Look for example at the recent discoveries of the James-Webb Telescope. It's having scientists baffled, scratching their heads, and re-writing the books on their theories. Actually wait another 20 years; it's guaranteed there will be yet another completely different view on the origins of the universe and our existence. Do you see the big picture? You're making eternal decisions based on today's view which is now fast becoming obsolete. I highly recommend that you reconsider the Bible. It's not antiquated nor full of contradictions, it's as alive and perfect as God Himself. Your best start is My home page. I point out a lot of the myths created by churches that drove people to abandon Christianity.
You may ask me "why do you care? Why not leave atheists alone?" Let me ask you, if you see someone running towards a cliff not knowing there is a cliff there, wouldn't you start screaming for them to stop and turn around?
I'm a caring human, I genuinely love all people! And I know how humans think. As you see above, I have friends who are atheists. They're lost, and I know I will be sad one day knowing they're in hell, forever. I'm doing my best as a last shot to get even a few to see clearly and turnaround.
True Christianity is salvation made easy by God through the sacrifice of His Son. There are no requirements; even the worst sinner is accepted by God and saved. But careful, one exception to this is those who "cut the cord with God" by rejecting Him all their lives. God cannot force Himself on them, and therefore can't help them unless they turnaround and connect / reconnect with Him.
8. Why All The Pain and Suffering on Earth?
God does not cause pain and suffering on earth. The devil does. It is the work of the devil, and is getting worse now as the world is becoming more and more spiritually dead. Look on social media, the majority of the young generation has become athiest. They'll mock you if you mention Jesus or the Bible. And even the so called "Christians" today, many are on the verge of spiritual death. This is a sign of fast approaching end times.
You ask, "why doesn't God stop it? Isn't He in control?" Yes, but this is earth, not heaven. The devil's grip on people keeps them separated from God. Perfection will be in heaven.
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
2 Chronicles 15:15
All Judah ... sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.
We all heard there is nothing impossible for God. But the reality is, there is one thing impossible. God cannot in His Holy nature unite with evil in any shape or form. This is the only impossible thing for God. And so, when people are rejecting Him, He can only stay away from them.
When people are not doing the right things towards God, example, praying to Mary, or doing nothing - lip-service belief - not maturing spiritually, it is the same as rejecting Him, which is also the same as allowing the devil in. And so, God cannot force Himself on them to bless them. Today's people pick & choose and tweak the Bible to fit their lifestyles. But the reality is, no matter how much they try, people cannot make God conform to their cultural ways; God expects it the other way around. And if they don't care for God's ways, and want to criticize and veer from His Scripture, He does not care for them either:
2 Chronicles 15:2
... The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
God created us with freedom to choose. It is all about our choice! Having true peace in our lives, is a direct consequence of our choice!! If you say you chose Him, is it Christianity your way? Or His way? Look at all the links on my homepage. You'll see what I'm talking about.
Isaiah 57:21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
Note: The term "wicked" in the Bible always meant the person who rejected God. This includes the majority of so called "christians" today!
During our life on earth, Jesus said: "...in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation”, John 16:33. This is because the devil has blinded many people, keeping them in their sins, and preventing them from reconciling with God, and therefore they're not truly "in Jesus" and not "having peace".
8.1 Bad Things Are Not "God's plan"!!
When bad things happen, people use terms like "it's God's plan". It is not!! The real problem is, most people (including "Christians") don't really know God. And therefore are not truly with God; they are kept separated from Him by the devil's creative ways. As a result, God cannot bless them! The end result: no peace on earth! The devil deceives in a variety of ways, keeping people in the dark, examples:
When bad things happen the devil tells people "it's God's plan".
Churches and denominations are blinded, and therefore crucially deficient in their teaching. They don't really know God.
Many people consider the Bible full of contradictions - an antiquated book translated many times.
The devil makes atheism look so cool. Young generations are flocking there.
Many women (and men indoctrinated) view God as too strict and a male-chauvinist, and are praying to Mary, the "female representation in heaven", to intercede for them.
Many so called "Born again"/"saved" people marked the date on the front of their Bible and moved on in life. But are still bothering Atheists with their arrogant and hateful remarks! I see more hopes for Atheists than for them!
So to all "Christians" who are following your church's instructions, if you continue doing these things below, you are not reconciled with God, and are still in your sins. And therefore He cannot bless you nor intercede for you, and bad things will continue to happen:
Born again, doing nothing keeping it simple... Singing hymns in church on Sundays; not growing spiritually. Likely became spiritually dead.
Praying to God, but also praying to Mary and saints because "it doesn't hurt; the more the merrier". God rejects it all.
Calvinist - thinking God already decided, and it's not your call it's His. You don't really know God. And therefore He does not know you.
Not seeking God in the whole Bible. Only looking at parts that agree with their false theologies.
Not obeying Jesus' commands; not praying the Lord's prayer daily with the "Bread" meaning the spiritual Bread of life for the forgiveness of sins.
Not having genuine love for, or faith in God, always skeptical.
Not having genuine love for all people of all ethnic backgrounds, religions, and financial status.
"God's plan" is when true believers ask God for something, and He does not give it to them, but instead He gives them something much better. For the rest of the people on earth, it is a world in random motion - good and bad things happen randomly to unbelievers.
More on this subject:
9. Why Did We Choose to be Christians?
We did not choose to be Christians. We're Christians because our parents are Christians.
I have heard this question asked often, usually by non-Christians who may be unhappy or suffering where they are, and want to try something different, seeking blessings from a real God. I have genuine respect for all people and their beliefs; I don't condone criticizing other religions. And I feel for the atheist, who thought it was so cool when they chose to become atheist, but when tragedy hit they didn't know what to do. They get the urge to get on their knees to pray, but find themselves in a dire dilemma. To this person I say, there is nothing wrong with turning back to the only true God of the Bible.
9.1 Why do we Feel so Strongly about a Religion we Inherited? And what if we weren't Born to Christian Parents?
Let's face it, most Christians today are Christians because their parents are Christians. They did not research the subject or look at other religions, then decided to choose Christian. Obviously, it is the same with all other religions; they all follow their ancestors’ choices. Then the next question becomes, how is it that we feel so strongly about a religion we inherited? And what if we were born to non-Christian parents, what would be our position then? Very valid question. Here's my answer:
Most Christians are actually not true Christians as I detailed in my link Are we True Christians. They're mostly there for the social aspect of it, not truly seeking God. Therefore, one answer to this question is that these people are there as in a social or political group - with an "us and them" attitude. So they'll defend their parents' choices regardless.
As for the few truly genuine Christians, the Bible says God foreknew true believers. Romans 8:29, For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, as in, He foresaw our hearts and our attitude towards Him before we were born. Then placed us in the right environment to nurture our tendency towards Him. This Bible verse says God first "foreknew" us before we were born, then He acted accordingly, He did not mysteriously choose us. I have a page on How to Be True Christians.
This does not mean all Christians are souls placed there by God. Remember, not all Christians are genuine Christian believers nor will they all go to heaven later! In fact only a small percentage of them will - See my page on The Narrow Gate. And with the same token, not all non-Christians will go to hell. God will guide those who seek Him, albeit a small number of non-Christians may. Finding Him means finding God in the Bible, not becoming a church member! There is a huge difference.
Yes I do feel blessed by God for being born to Christian parents, which gave me an early start in life on reading the Bible.
I have done a lot of studying of other religions; not all of them, but most of the major ones. And I did look at things from an unbiased view. Since it is all based on faith, I can tell you Christianity and the Bible made the most sense to me. A very consistent Bible throughout its thousands of pages that I have read many times and read it in two languages. So no problem with translations. But most importantly a clear redemption plan to reconcile us with God. "Christian" is the only religion with a prophet that rose from the dead, and is alive in the flesh today, the Messiah Jesus Christ. And many saw Him after He rose from the dead. But so many are skeptical. This is because humans always go for the "it's a hoax" rumor. Look for example at what happened with the Sandy Hook elementary school mass shooting massacre. A few weeks after the massacre, a guy started a rumor that it was a hoax. And people believed him!!! A massacre with many dead people with pictures and grieving school and parents. And the "hoax" message prevailed! So, "Jesus rose from the dead" is a hoax? Don't follow the herd. Do your homework before you send yourself to hell.
9.2 Not all Christians are from Christian Parents
Let’s go back in time to a period when people converted from whatever they were in, to Christianity. There were two types of conversions:
Converted to Christians By Force
Like many other religions, the Christian religion had its own shameful chapters in history, where certain people, churches, and governments hijacked the name of Christianity to accomplish their agendas. So force was used to convert people, historical examples in South America and the Crusaders. I agree it was not proper Christian behavior; nowhere in the New-Testament Bible does it mention or encourage this type of behavior. In fact it was the exact opposite. Jesus instructed us to "love our enemies".
Peaceful Conversions to Christianity
And we also had peaceful conversions of people to Christianity. One perfect example was in the days of the Apostle Paul. Paul was a Jew who became Christian shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He traveled all across the Mediterranean from Israel to Rome, passing through the coastal countries along the way, example Greece, preaching the good news about Jesus. Most of these places at the time believed in a variety of gods: gods of Olympus, sun, moon, stars, statues, hand-made figurines, etc.. But after Paul explained to them the story of the invisible only true God of the universe and His son Jesus who’s sacrifice on the cross saved all who believed in Him, many converted to Christianity.
That was a very significant vote for Christianity! Who converts from the religion of their ancestors to another? And conversions in masses! Don’t take my word for it. Check public records and history books. Note that if you look at history books, you will also see violence and government-mandated Christian converting by force in those regions at that time. But careful, let's not mix things up! When Paul started his mission, and arrived on the scene in ancient Greece for example, there were only pagans who had been worshipping the twelve gods of Olympus. And had been in that pagan religion for more than 1000 years. He talked to them, and many converted. But the violence started some time later, when the conversions reached government officials. Then they started mandating Christianity by force, etc.. A similar chronology of events happened in the rest of the region, including Rome.
You may say, but I read that Paul performed miracles to them, which obviously helped in that mass conversion. Good point! Yes, he did. And he was not a magician; people would have seen through that. That leaves only one explanation. Paul proclaimed the story of Jesus and backed it up with real miracles. This had to be the only explanation of why people denounced their cherished ancestors’ religion, and followed Christianity. What other religion can do this, peacefully? It is impossible.
More details here: Why Did We Choose to Be Christian?
10. The Bible an Antiquated Book?
We use the Christian Bible as our guide. Because as noted at the beginning of this page, if we believe there is an infinite supreme being that could guide the creation of such a grand universe and everything in it, we then also believe He could guide things to provide us with scripture for our learning about Him! And He did it by guiding certain individuals, called prophets to write the various parts of the scriptures. In the same way we too, created in His image, build technology and products, and don't leave people in the dark; we provide a user manual.
He did not just have one person write it. He guided several prophets, disciples, and apostles of Jesus to write. One reason He chose multiple authors was to show us the nonconflicting content across writers who spanned hundreds of years, lived in different regions, and in many cases did not know each other. You can be 100% sure that the Bible we have today is from the living God. Because He is a loving God and would not leave us lost without a reference book to teach us about Him. Without this Bible as a reference, Christianity would be "anything goes", which actually is the dominant way of churches and people today because they ignore the majority of the Bible, and only teach from a few verses that fit their agendas!
The Bible is the book of the invisible living God; it is not antiquated nor contradicting. Those who say this, have not expended enough time to see clearly. God is awesome; not easy to figure out. Sure there are parts in the Bible still not understood. God will reveal things at the right time. We just have to be patient and keep seeking Him in the Bible as Jesus commanded.
11. What Does God Want from US?
A genuine relationship, where we truly get to know Him as our God, love Him, and worship Him. And He in return brings us into His Family, pours His blessings on us, and give us eternal life in Heaven. He wants us to mature in the knowledge of Him to get this relationship to a meaningful level. You can get started now with the Lord's Prayer and talk directly to "our heavenly Father".
God, in His Holy nature, has rules that cannot be broken or bent. Example, He cannot be in relationship with us when we are sinful. Who among us is without sin? So knowing this, He devised a way to forgive us our sins, day by day, to restore the relationship with Him. But first you have to learn all about Jesus' commands and keep them! Thus, seeking God in the Bible.
God Himself cannot bend the rules, but He can forgive us when we do!
What is His biggest concern? It is the risk of losing us, to atheism for example. The worst sins of the flesh? He can forgive when we turn to Him with the right attitude. But leaving Him? means we've cut the cord; He can do nothing for us at that point. We'd be doomed to eternal torment. When you reject Him, He can only move away. And when He moves away, you have nothing left but darkness, desolation, depression, and every negative thing you've ever experienced in life multiplied by infinity.
You ask, "why would a loving God want to send us to hell and torment us just for rejecting Him?"
Answer: He doesn't want to send us to hell - The state of torment would be the result of His absence!!!
No, God is not sending people to hell for His glory! as some churches teach. NO!! He is a loving God. He did everything He could to reconcile us to Him. He sent Jesus, a part of Himself, to earth to suffer miserably and die on the cross in our place, so we have an easy path to heaven!!! But no one wants it!!! No one is interested!!! People think it's a fairy tale. They are rejecting God and sending themselves to hell! The Bible says angels in heaven cry over every lost soul!!! NO, God is not a "cosmic killjoy" as some so called "christians" portray Him to be!
God gave us full freedom to choose, hoping that we choose Him. And choose Him the biblical way, not the churches' way, which is unfortunately the dominant way in the world today. Our 100-year span on earth is a test-ground for us, to either converge on Him or diverge away. Converging on Him in this life translates to the true and meaningful eternal life with Him. But people treat life here as final; most mock any talk of afterlife!! God is so loving that He did provide us a very easy path to Him. It is not what churches preach. Look here for the real biblical path: How to Be True Christians.
The Bible says we are created for God’s pleasure and for relationship with Him. Created for God’s pleasure does not mean we are made to entertain God or provide Him with amusement. God is a creative being, it gives Him pleasure to create. And He is a personal being; it gives Him pleasure to have other beings around for a genuine relationship with. Example, these Bible verses clearly describe God desiring a relationship with us, if we're willing:
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
And the opposite is true, move away from God and He moves away from you. Then we ask why all the pain and suffering on earth.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
And this verse, which churches don't talk about, but keep asking people to donate, when all that God really wants from us is get to know Him!!
I don’t want your sacrifices - I want your love; I don’t want your offerings - I want you to know me.
The Bible says (references below), God is an infinite being, not a creature. He is Holy, immortal, all powerful, all knowing, Righteous, Good, Loving, Just, infinite in Wisdom, patient, Graceful, His ways are not our ways, He's the alpha and the omega, He sits outside of time – infinity past / future are both visible to Him. He is not male nor female; these are human characteristics. But He is far more loving and caring than any earthly parent can be. His name is “I Am”.
The God of the Bible is complicated for us to fully understand. He would not be the awesome God that He is if we, His creation, can easily figure Him out. The Bible says He is one God but consists of 3 persons as revealed in scriptures: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We can think of this as 3 personalities of the one God, that can be manifested in different forms. All three persons of God existed eternally past and will remain for eternity future. This is why God says, He is "I Am". So, Jesus did not come into existence when Mary gave birth to Him. Jesus became human for a period on earth to accomplish God's redemption plan. We are His creation, and only know about Him what He revealed to us through the Scriptures. He is far more complex than what we know.
He created us male and female, in His image. This means physical appearance as well as personality. He gave us free will to choose our ways. Best example of the free will was in the Adam and Eve story. He gave them the choice to eat or not eat from the tree. And they chose to eat. He did not make them eat from it; they chose. In reality the Devil lured them into it. Which was the precedent for the human behavior throughout history. Look around you today. The devil is luring us into some type of a sin. But no worries, God provided the perfect redemption plan through Jesus to reconcile us to Him. To be in this plan we have to humble ourselves and turn to Him. And He will forgive us of all our wrongdoings. Keep looking at this website.
God being all goodness and all righteousness, cannot in His nature allow the devil or sin to be in relationship with Him. So for humans, since we are sinners by nature, that is we're far from the righteousness God expects of us, God provided a redemption plan in order to cleanse us of our sins and restore our relationship with Him. His redemption plan requires a person perfect in every way to die in our place to atone for our sin. This is the main basis of the Christian religion.
God saw that there was no one among humans qualified to perform this substitutionary atonement death, and that if He didn’t do anything about it, all His creation would send itself to hell. So, He found that the only way to provide salvation was through His own self. And this was where Jesus came in. This was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah thousands of years before Jesus came to earth:
I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled that no one assisted. So My arm brought Me salvation, and My own wrath upheld Me.
The Bible says Jesus is God’s begotten son, the only one of the trinity manifested in the human form. Jesus is the only sinless human that walked the earth, which qualified Him to be the perfect redemption sacrifice. God sent Him to earth to be physically born of a woman. Then pay the price for all our sins, by substituting Himself to die on the cross for us. This was the only way for God’s creation to have a path to salvation, to eternal life. God Himself had to physically-suffer on the cross, and physically-die miserably. He is God; He didn’t have to do this! But He did, out of love for us, to provide us an easy path to eternal life. Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day, and many people saw Him and talked to Him. Then He ascended to heaven and is now alive in the flesh in a real place and seated at the right-hand of God. Now that you see the grand image clearly, do you see the magnificence of God’s grace and love for us? All we have to do now is believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died for our sins. And we are saved to eternal life.
11.1 So how do we accomplish this relationship with God in our daily life?
1. Seek God always. How? God is in the Scriptures of the Bible. God's personality is consistent throughout the Bible. The more we read, the more He reveals Himself to us. Dedicate "spiritual" time for this. There is no hard rule. Once a week is ok, but if you can, daily is better. It is all about your personal interests. You determine how strong you want your relationship with God to be. I provide help in this area in my link How to Be True Christians.
2. Jesus taught us how to pray daily (the Lord's Prayer). Most important to note, the "daily Bread" we ask for in this prayer, is the body of Jesus, the spiritual Bread of life that God gives for the forgiveness of our sins; we are renewed day by day. This is how we become "righteous" in the eyes of God and receive all His blessings. See The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood for more details.
3. Love all people, of all ethnic groups, religions, races, and financial status. They're all God's creation, His children, and He loves them all. Therefore, we also love them all.
1. Don't learn Christianity by watching movies, shows, or read books about it. Learn it from the Bible.
2. Don't become a churchgoer. Churches are businesses. Don't become a Catholic nor a Baptist, etc. Christian denominations are more like social clubs. See my page on Are We True Christians?
3. Don't treat your spiritual duties of praying and reading the Bible as burden. You may feel this at first. It's ok because with time you'll see God more clearly and become more and more genuinely interested in getting closer to Him and knowing more about Him.
4. Don't let the misleading internet fluff push you off-track. Remember, all people have an agenda driving them. You say, "well what about you?" I'm driven by passionate love for the true God and for people; no agenda, no hidden motives, no denomination, and no financial gains. The main difference between me and the rest out there bashing Christianity, is that I don't criticize other religions. I only point to the facts from the Bible to help you in your search for the true God.
That's it. Start moving in this direction, and you secure yourself through Jesus Christ to eternal life in the next age. Where we will have a perfect life on the new earth (the Bible tells us of a new heaven and a new earth). So many perfect things there, new order, and new way of life not yet revealed to us by God; It is not floating ghosts with harps as Hollywood portrays. We will have physical bodies, just as Jesus was after resurrection. And it will be forever.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human heart has conceived - God has prepared these things for those who love Him.
The alternative is, you separate yourself from God and convince yourself there is no God. And you secure yourself with the devil to eternal darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. You have the choice while you are alive. But once you die, there is no “oops can I change my mind?” Now is the time. But if you declare to separate yourself from God, and die in that state, you will go to hell. God cannot save you in this situation. You’ve effectively cut the cord with God.
Continued from Section 5 - "God-Driven killings"
Tribes Performing Abhorrent Rituals
In those days, thousands of years BC, the world was still in the early stages of forming civilizations. And there were several societies actively worshipping idols and presenting their babies to them as sacrifices in the fire. Check history books for yourself, and the Bible references below. Look at the Canaanites for example, they aggressively performed this abhorrent practice to idols. How would you like it if that civilization grew to a big country today, protective of their ancestral religious rights and are still practicing burning babies in the fire to their gods! A what-if scenario that could have happened!
God saw it, and put an end to it, right then and there. Yes some innocent people had to die, and some remnants survived (today's Lebanon), but no chance of this cancer to re-grow. Then at the same time, the Jewish people He was nursing, took their place and prospered in God's direction. And the end result today, although not a perfect world, a much better world compared to what it would have been otherwise. And the most important result of all this is, we have a sin-redemption plan through Jesus. All we have to do is see it clearly and accept it to become forgiven, and reconciled with God.
Bible References to "Horrible Civilizations Sacrificing their Babies in the Fire"
“You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.”
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.”
The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood!
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