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Atheism, The Enemy of Civilization

By Dr. W.B. Riley

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HE subject, “Atheism, the Enemy of Civilization,” is an affront, but it states a fact. Infidelity is uniformly egotistical and readily imagines it is the friend of all that is good. It shall be our purpose to show that historically the exact opposite is true. It is as perfectly the enemy of man and the foe of civilization as it is the opponent of God. The sacred Scriptures are in this matter, as in all others, the last word (Ps. 14: 1), “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” History has provided thousands of illustrations of this divinely inspired assertion.

Atheism is the Enemy of Science

This statement runs counter to the boasted claim of infidelity. Unbelievers have ever been enamored of the notion that they are scholarly and even scientific. Their boasts in this matter are to be found upon every page emanating from their pens, and heard in every hall where one of their representatives secures an audience; but in spite of all that, we propose to state clearly and prove abundantly the exact opposite.

The discoveries of science clearly indicate the existence of God. If it be true as Professor Leuba, of Bryn Mawr, contends, that the majority of teachers of science in America are infidels, that is only proof of their superficiality and incompetence. It is not science that has made them so, but rather “a pseudo-science” – evolution; and a false science always makes for unbelief, while a true one eventuates in faith. The outstanding experts in the established sciences of mathematics and astronomy have been outstanding believers, while the representatives of the Darwin speculation have just as unanimously been atheists, agnostics and skeptics of all, sorts.

In the very nature of the case, a study of the works of God impresses one with His personality, power, wisdom, infinity, and from the least speck of material existence to the infinity of the universe, all unite in declaring both His greatness and His glory.

Man used to talk of monads and imagined that they were the smallest particle of matter; such language is now out of date. The monad, so it is claimed, is a world of molecules. The ancient philosopher Giordano Bruno conversed of these as eternal, and declared each. of them a microcosm or mirror of the Deity. Leibnitz regarded the monads as non-spatial units, each one representing the same universe, but presenting that universe from a different point of view, and each attaining its activities through the will of God. There was a time when biology thought of a monad as a simple single-celled organism; that time is past. A molecule was discovered; it was so small that men declared it the smallest part of a substance that could exist separately and still retain its composition and proportion; the smallest combination of atoms that would form a given chemical compound. But alas for the recent deliverances and the instability of so-called science! We are now told that each molecule contains 740 electrons, and no man knows what will be the next deliverance upon this subject. It is evident, however, that the complexity of the simplest things is past the imagination of man. When you rise in the scale of existences and consequently advance in the study of science, you come across the most mysterious secrets in the natural world-secrets so illusive that as yet the mind of the modern man has utterly failed to uncover them. But a few days since the Associated Press carried “For Science Service” an article proving the discovery of heatless light. This suggestion is based on the fact that low forms of life have been found to generate heatless light. The bacteria and fungi that cause rotten wood to glow in the dark, and the mysterious firefly that can, with a wilful or automatic motion in his body, emit a heatless light out of all proportion to the best that man’s devices have ever approached; these bugs and bacteria becoming, as the article stated, at once the admiration and despair of scientists, but clearly indicating the acceptance of a mind infinitely above that of man. Man’s invention of light involves a slow combustion and always generates heat; not so with the light of the bacteria and the bug; and to date that secret is with God.

God’s work, in its simplest form, exceeds the understanding of man, and our amazement grows as we acquire additional knowledge.

The Psalmist said of his body, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy Book all my members were written, which in continuance were- fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Ps. 139: 14-16).

In order to impress this truth one needs only to study physiology a little.

I don’t know that I shall even attempt to talk to you about the intricacies and efficiencies of the human eye. I will leave to others the detailed description of its lenses, the intricacies of its muscles, the delicacy and efficiency of its nerves. The eye constantly baffles the imagination and justifies Darwin’s statement, “To suppose that the eye with all its illusive contrivances for adjusting the focuses to different distances and admitting different amounts of light, could be formed by natural means, fails in the highest degree. But when it is all analyzed and the mind comes as near comprehending it as the human mind can, one simply stands amazed at the minutest evidences of the Divine, in the eye, and the proposition of an infinity fixed greater credit to the same.”

But the eye is not alone. Let some physicist tell you of the 600 muscles in the human body, the one thousand miles of blood-vessels in the human body, the 550 main arteries of the human body, or let him place before you the fact that 1,500,000 sweat-glands spread out on the surface of the same, or that the lungs are composed of 7,700,000 -cells, or that in the 70 years of human life the heart has struck 2,500,000,000 beats and has lifted by its throbs a load of 500,000 tons of blood; and if this does not bewilder you, then let him add that the “nervous system, controlled by the brain, has three trillion nerve cells, while the blood itself is made up of thirty million white corpuscles and one hundred trillion native red ones,” and you will be ready to throw up your hands in despair in comprehension of your physical self. And yet, with such an intricate machine, completed perfectly, set in operation, apart from accidents and incidents of danger, known to function from 70 years, the natural limit of a person’s life, to 969 years, the longest on record, and who will say that there was no intelligent designer for this competent machine?

But if the study of physiology does not suffice to impress one with all the wisdom and power of an infinite God, then let him lift his face to the heavens above and the stars will speak; and when he has been told that the moon is 240,000 miles removed from the earth and that the sun is more than 90,000,000 miles distant, he will begin to think in terms of space, and then he learns that the sun is, in science, more than a million times as large as our earth.

It is only unused light that leads to spiritual darkness. The naturalist who does not find God in the universe has utterly failed to correctly interpret anything in it, from its greatest central sun to its most insignificant bacteria. To go back to the text, Paul tells us exactly how the process is accomplished. “The invisible things of Him (namely, His wisdom, power, beauty, and grace), from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” And then he tells us how it came about that they failed to so connect the two as to create in their own hearts faith; and he indicts them with moral deficiency, saying:

When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things” (Rom. 1: 21-23).

It would be difficult, indeed, to see in all literature any more accurate description of the degenerating effects of Darwinism than the apostle here pens. For inanity, could anything surpass the combination of infidelity and the acquisition of learning?

Only men whose imaginations are wild and whose foolish hearts are darkened and whose egotism has puffed them up, could ever come to the conclusion of atheism. The portrait shown is impressed in the following words:

“There is no God, the fool in secret said;
There is no God that rules o’er earth or sky.
Tear off the band that binds the wretch’s head,
That God may burst upon his faithless eye!

“Is there no God?-The stars in myriads spread,
If he looks up, the blasphemy deny.-
While his own features, in the mirror read,
Reflect the image of Divinity.

“Is there no God?-The stream that silver flows,
The air he breathes, the ground he treads, the trees,
The flowers, the grass, the sands, each wind that blows,
All speak of God; throughout, one voice agrees,
And, eloquent, His dread existence shows;
Blind to thyself, ah! see Him, fool, in these!”

It is only false science that leads to the bestial philosophy of infidelity, Darwinism has never done anything else. Its history of 3,000 years since the days of the Greek philosophers and down to its most modem revival, first by Erasmus Darwin, and later by his grandson, Charles, has accomplished no better ends. Never, in the history of man, has it made one colossal character or eventuated in a single outstanding discoverer of nature’s secrets. The established sciences were found out and proved to the satisfaction of the public by believing men. The histories of these individuals are an open page. They were not only men of God, but many of them ministers; men in touch with God, and congruently capable of interpreting the work of God. In the universities the professed scientists of this present day are not scientists. What have they discovered? What contribution have they given to men by their knowledge? Certainly you do not count “The Hall of the Age of Man,” by Henry Fairfield Osborne, a contribution, since it is evidently a hypocritical pretense.

Certainly you do not call Charles Darwin a contributor to modem science. His speculation has only succeeded in exciting an endless controversy. Why should you name Conklin or Davenport scientists? All that they have ever done was to mouth over what other men have said; neither has made any discovery! Neither can you add Millikan, since his published discoveries are not yet proved, nor have they received anything like assured acceptance. These men are either open unbelievers or largely advocates of the mechanical theory.

Galileo was an ardent Christian believer; Copernicus, while a Papist, had an unshaken confidence in God and His Word, and was brought up in -the house of a priest. Kepler was a ministerial student of such scientific tendencies as to triumph over the priest, and the works of Sir Isaac Newton show that he combined in one man a search for nature’s secrets and the discovery of the secrets of revelation; and lastly, Mendel, the devoted monk, who, while about his pastoral duties, checked up many facts and discovered more of the laws of nature than all Ms boasted scientific brethren combined. Now let it be forever understood that Atheism is the enemy of science, and Faith its father and friend.

Atheism is the Enemy of Society

God-deniers are not delightful souls! Go where you will throughout the world, when you find them you will not want to abide with them, and it would be difficult for God Himself to brook them.

The first murder that stained the earth with human blood was wrought by a man who refused to recognize the sacrificial atonement as a type of the saving Christ. And when the flood came and wiped the earth with the besom of destruction, it was that it might rid it also of skeptics and atheists – men who had forgotten and denied God.

There has been a stir recently in the circles of education and religion over the wave of suicide sweeping our colleges, and outstanding men have been discussing methods of abating this blot upon civilization. The solution of the problem is not far to seek. When the schools stop teaching an atheistic philosophy, the fruits thereof will not be so openly found, and those fruits are despair, degradation and death.

God-deniers are usually men of reprobate morals. You will seldom find a man who combines in one and the same person the philosophy of atheism and a course of upright moral conduct. “The American Association for the Advancement of Atheism” declares that they “will undertake to abrogate all laws for enforcing Christian morals.” Later they add they wish to better civilization by “operating as a wrecking company.”

That is what atheism has ever been-an enemy of Christian morals, “a wrecking company,” indeed! Had others charged them with this, they would, undoubtedly, have repudiated the charge; but now that they have asserted their purpose, they can hardly complain. Intelligent and thoughtful men will remind them that they are running true to form. The history they make will of necessity be of a sort which atheism has known through all the centuries.

The love of sin is the individual’s lowest estate. There are many unfortunate men and weak women who fall into sin, but who positively loathe the same. The adversary’s trap takes them; his pitfalls catch them, but they uniformly grieve over their weakness, regret their folly, and plead with God for recovering favor. But Paul says in this text that they come to the point where they not only give themselves up to uncleanness through lust, where they not only change the truth of God into a lie, worshipping the creature rather than the Creator, where they not only offend against God, but even against nature itself, being filled with all unrighteousness, but where they actually have pleasure in them that do evil.

That is the character of infidels! “The American Association for the Advancement of Atheism” deliberately publish their pleasure in them that do evil, and express the hope that “one representative from their camp may undo the work of a score of missionaries,” and that “a few thousand dollars spent in the circulation” of their infamous literature may offset millions spent by the churches.”

The drunkard is not the lowest man; the man who takes pleasure in making other drunkards, is lower still.. The harlot is not the lowest of women, but the woman who takes pleasure in teaching her sister harlotry is taking the last plunge toward the pit. The grieved doubter is not necessarily damned, but the man who destroys the faith of his friends and the professor whose teaching wrecks the confidence of students-such are allies of Satan himself!

Atheism Is the Enemy of the State

Civilization has not been the product of atheism. We challenge “The American Association for the Advancement of Atheism,” or any other advocate of this God-denying, soul-destroying doctrine, to show one instance in which their philosophy has built a State, or a single instance in which they have made anything but an evil contribution to the same. In view of this fact is it not amazing to find many school-men-men set in positions of opportunity and responsibility-stealthily poisoning the minds of the young? “The American Association for the Advancement of Atheism” is quoted in the following:

Dr. Irwin Erdman, of Columbia University, teaches his students that ‘man is a mere accident,’ that ‘immortality is a sheer illusion,’ and that ‘there is practically no evidence for the existence of God’
“Everett Dean Martin, Director of Cooper Union in New York City, has the largest class in philosophy in the world. He teaches his students that ‘religion is primarily a defense mechanism,’ subjective in its organism.
“Professor John B. Watson, of Johns Hopkins, teaches that ‘freedom of the will has been knocked into a cocked hat,’ and that ‘soul-consciousness, God, and immortality, are merely mistakes of the older psychology’.”
All across this continent text-books are filled with their vicious work, going under the name of Science, which is being compelled to carry the straining burden of such statements, and society already feeling the consequences of the same, is but reaping the first-fruits of a bitterer harvest that is sure to come.”
Witness France and her plunge into atheism and the reign of terror that followed; or, take Russia and her present debauch of infidelity, and the natural disgrace coming in consequence.”

Civilization has ever been the product of religion, and false religion will produce poor civilization. Heathen countries have’ illustrated this; yet even their religion is helpful, and the wildest superstition has proven more beneficial than the most balanced atheism that ever voiced itself. If you want to know what the condition of any state or nation is, find out what its religion is, and you can readily determine; it is as unerring as the electric needle!

The world has suffered much from religion; Paul charged the people of Athens with being “too religious.” Yet perhaps it can be said with absolute candor that none of these are so detrimental to society, so harmful to the state and so destructive to national life, as atheism or “no religion.” Christianity has produced the highest known civilization.

There is not an ennobling influence known to humanity that is not the emphasized product of Christianity. There is not a desirable institution existing with any peoples that has not been fostered and favored by the Christian faith. There is not a philosophy that tends to the social, political and spiritual uplift of mankind that may not be found better phrased in the Bible than unbelieving men have ever expressed the same. The Christian faith, with its one and true God and its wondrous and true Book, has brought to the world more light and has given to living men more happiness than all the philosophies of unbelieving men combined; and the crime of the ages is not the murder of individuals, now characterizing and cursing modern society, but it is the sinister, devilish, damnable doctrine, now lurking in the halls of every university in the land and of all civilized lands, and seeking by smooth speech and in the name of “Science,” falsely so-called, to destroy the faith of men in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in His revealed Will, the Scriptures!

Atheists are people who assert that there is no God. They may say that atoms or their component parts in space makeup the sum total of all reality. Whatever the analysis, these people assert that finite physical reality is all there is—that there is nothing else. There are several divisions in this group. One historically prominent group is the Logical Positivists. By an analysis of language, they conclude that theology is not so much false as it is plain nonsense. To them, speaking of God is like saying that the typewriter is the bluish-green sound of the square root of minus one. Theology is not good enough even to be false; it is simple nonsense. Other devotees of scientism are not Logical Positivists. Their theories are called naturalism or humanism, and they would call theology bigoted falsehood. Various political liberals are atheists, and often their socialistic creed attacks theology as a reactionary hindrance to social advancement.

Pantheism and Agnosticism

It is instructive to distinguish between two forms of atheism, for the second form, pantheism, has the appearance of believing in God very much. It indeed asserts the existence of God, and the theory can be called theology. These people do not want to be known as atheists or as irreligious. But they define God as all that exists. Spinoza used the phrase Deus sive Natura: God, that is to say, Nature. Some may use the term Pure Being, or theologian Paul Tillich’s phrase, The Ground of All Being. Thus God is the universe itself. He is not its Creator. Since they say that God is the All, these people are called Pantheists.

Logically there is no difference between Atheism and Pantheism. To deny that there is a God and to apply the name God to everything are conceptually identical. For example, it is as though I should assert the existence of a grumpstein and try to prove it by pointing to giraffes, stars, mountain ranges, and books: together they form a grumpstein, I would say, and therefore a grumpstein exists. The pantheists point to giraffes, stars, and so on, and say, therefore God exists. Those who deny God—atheists—and those who say God is everything—pantheists—are asserting that nothing beyond the physical universe is real. In Christian language, and in common languages around the world, God is as different from the universe as a star is from a giraffe and more so.

There is actually another variety of atheism, though the adherents themselves might strongly object to being called atheists. Technically they are not atheists, though they might as well be. These are the agnostics. They do not assert that there is a God, nor do they assert that there is no God; they simply say that they do not know. They claim ignorance. Ignorance, however, is not a theory one can argue. Ignorance is an individual state of mind. An ignorant person is not required to prove by learned arguments that he is ignorant. He just does not know. Such a person needs to be taught..

Probably most persons in the United States are atheists of a sort. If one should ask them, they would probably say that they believe in God. But they might as well not believe in God for all the good it does them. Unless someone mentions God to them, they never think of him; they never pray to him; he does not enter into their daily plans and calculations. Their lives, their minds, their thinking are essentially no different from the lives of atheists and agnostics. They are “practicing atheists.”

The Atheist’s Argument

The reader of this may expect to find a straightforward refutation of atheism. But he may be disappointed, for the situation is somewhat complicated. In the first place, one might accuse the atheist of never having proved that the physical universe is the only reality and that there are no supernatural beings. This would be satisfactory, if the term atheism means the argued denial of a Deity. But atheists, like agnostics, shift the burden of proof and say the theist is under obligation to demonstrate the truth of his view; but the atheist considers himself under no such obligation. Atheists usually wobble back and forward. Yet, Ernest Nagel, who may be called a naturalist in philosophy, seems to argue: “the occurrence of events [he means each and every event without exception]…is contingent on the organization of spatio-temporally located bodies…. That this is so is one of the best-tested conclusions of experience…. There is no place for an immaterial spirit directing the course of events, no place for the survival of personality after the corruption of the body which exhibits it.”

This is an atheistic, not an agnostic, statement. He argues that science has proved the nonexistence of God, but the argument is invalid. No scientist has ever produced any evidence that man’s intellect ceases to function at death. Since his methods have not discovered any spirit, Nagel assumes there can be none. He refuses to question his methods. Atheism is not a conclusion developed by his methods; rather it is the assumption on which his methods are based.

The agnostic, however, is not so dogmatic. He shifts the burden and demands theists prove that an omnipotent spirit has created and now controls the universe. This is quite a challenge, and it is one that the Christian is duty bound to face. No Christian with intellectual ability can excuse himself by claiming theology is useless hairsplitting. Peter has warned him otherwise. The “practicing atheists” are really agnostics, and we must preach the Gospel to them—and that God omnipotent reigns is part of the Gospel. But they answer, “How do you know that there is any God at all?” A Christian who knows no theology is ill equipped to answer this question. How is it possible to know God? Is he just a trance, a hunch, an ecstatic experience? Is he so transcendent that we can neither know him nor talk about him? Is he not so transcendent? Note that the Christian apologete, i.e., the Christian evangelist, must have a decently clear conception of God before he can satisfy his inquisitors. He must be knowledgeable in theology.

The Wrong Reply

Now, the answer to the agnostic’s very pertinent question is rather complex, and the reader must not expect anything simple. Furthermore, the answer given here will appear unsatisfactory and disappointing to some very honest Christians.. For these reasons the present reply to agnosticism will begin with an explanation of how not to answer the question. If this seems a cumbersome and roundabout way of going at it, and the impatient non-theologian wants immediate results, it must be pointed out that the initial choice between two roads determines the destination. Choose the wrong road and one ends up lost and confused. Remember Bunyan’s Christian and how he looked down two roads, trying to see which one was straight. Then there came along a swarthy pilgrim in a white robe who pointed out to him, with great confidence, which road Christian should take.. It ended in near disaster. Therefore we shall begin by pointing out the wrong road.

Now, I do not wish to say that those who recommend the wrong road in the present matter are flattering deceivers whose white robes are hypocritical disguises. On the contrary, a large number of respectable and honest authors, from Aristotle to Charles Hodge and Robert Sproul, insist that the best and indeed the only way to prove the existence of God is to study the growth of a plant, the path of a planet, the motion of a marble. They support this seemingly secular method by quoting Psalm 19:1— “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Therefore we should study astronomy to refute the atheist and to instruct the agnostic. Paul says that God’s omnipotence can be deduced from the way a little boy shoots a marble—a thing that has been made. Some stalwart Romanists boast that Paul foresaw and placed his stamp of approval on Thomas’ Aristotelian argument.

There are two difficulties with this enthusiastic recommendation. The first is not conclusive, but those who approve of the argument must pay attention to it. The difficulty is its difficulty: It is a very hard method. The second difficulty is its virtual uselessness.

The first difficulty—inconclusive evidence and a hard method to prove—can be best addressed with a few examples. Suppose we can get a microscope and examine the internal phloem of the Lykopersikon esculentum. Botany is even worse than theology in its use of long and technical words. We get a clear picture of the internal structure of a plant, but we cannot discover God by a detailed, microscopic look into a tomato. If we carefully observe the motion of the planets, we will see that the squares of their periodic times are proportional to their mean distances from the Sun. If we succeeded in getting this information, we could conclude that God is a great mathematician and that salvation depends on understanding mathematics. Essentially, this is what the ancient Greek philosophical school of the Pythagoreans said. They believed that a happy life after death was the reward for studying arithmetic and geometry.

People hold a somewhat similar view today who think that all the problems of this world can be solved by science. But unlike the Pythagoreans, contemporaries do not believe in a life after death, nor do they think the laws of astronomy can prove there is a God. To change their minds by deducing the existence of God from the laws of science would be extremely difficult and perhaps impossible. If by some other method we first know there is a God, the study of astronomy might show that he is a mathematician. But we would have to know God first.

However, the mere fact that an argument is difficult and complex does not prove that it is a fallacy. Geometry and calculus may drive students to despair, but the theorems are usually regarded as valid deductions. Contrariwise, when one examines the argument as Thomas actually wrote it, serious flaws appear. In another work, I have detailed some of Thomas’ fallacies. One of them is a case of circularity, in which he uses as a premise the conclusion he wished to prove. Another is the case of a term that has one meaning in the premises and a different meaning in the conclusion. No syllogism can be valid if the conclusion contains an idea not already given in the premises.

The conclusion therefore is: The so-called “cosmological argument” is not only extremely difficult—since it would require a great amount of science, mathematics, and philosophy to prove it—but it is inconclusive and irremediably fallacious. This is no way to answer the atheists.

The second difficulty is that even if such an argument were valid, it would be useless. This objection applies more to modern authors than to Aristotle. Aristotle’s notion of god was quite clear: the Unmoved Mover, thought thinking thought; and this metaphysical mind has a definite role in the explanation of natural phenomena. But the god of contemporary empiricists seems to have no role at all; mainly because the meaning they attach to the word God is utterly vague.

As examples of these arguments, one can mention Yale Philosophy Professor John E. Smith’s Experience of God; Frederick Sontag’s How Philosophy Shapes Theology; a few years earlier Geddes MacGregor of Bryn Mawr published Introduction to Religious Philosophy. There are many such books; it is not my intention to discuss any of these individually. My point is: When they try to support a belief in god, their arguments are no better and often worse than those of Aristotle; and if some plausibility is found in them, the reason is that their notion of what god is is so vague and ambiguous that the reader imposes his own definite ideas. In their context, the arguments are virtually meaningless. Furthermore, the vague god of these views is useless. Nothing can be deduced from his existence. No moral norms follow a definition of god; no religious practices are contained in a description of god.

One can have a certain academic respect for an atheist who flatly denies God and life after death. He says clearly what he means, and he uses the term God in its common English meaning. One can have almost as much respect for the pantheist, even though he does not use the term God in its ordinary meaning. At least Baruch Spinoza and others identify god explicitly with the universe. But what can our reaction be to the view of Professor H. N. Wieman? He insisted on the existence of god, but for him god is not even all the universe—he, or it, is only some part of the universe. Namely, god is a complex of interactions in society on which we depend and to whose essential structure we must conform if maximum value is to be realized in human experience. So? How does this definition of god stack up against the Shorter Catechism? Therefore, Christians should be more concerned about what kind of God exists rather than about the existence of God.

The Meaninglessness of Existence

At first it may seem strange that knowledge of what God is more important than knowledge that God is. His essence or nature being more important than his existence may seem unusual. Existentialists insist that existence precedes essence. Nevertheless, competent Christians disagree for two reasons. First, we have seen that pantheists identify god with the universe. What is god? —the universe. The mere fact that they use the name god for the universe and thus assert that god “exists” is of no help to Christianity.

The second reason for not being much interested in the existence of God is somewhat similar to the first. The idea existence is an idea without content. Stars exist—but this tells us nothing about the stars; mathematics exists—but this teaches us no mathematics; hallucinations also exist. The point is that a predicate, such as existence, that can be attached to everything indiscriminately tells us nothing about anything. A word, to mean something, must also not mean something. For example, if I say that some cats are black, the sentence has meaning only because some cats are white. If the adjective were attached to every possible subject—so all cats were black, all stars were black, and all politicians were black, as well as all the numbers in arithmetic, and God too—then the word black would have no meaning. It would not distinguish anything from something else. Since everything exists, exists is devoid of information. That is why the Catechism asks, What is God? Not, Does God exist?

Now, most of the contemporary authors are extremely vague as to what sort of God they are talking about; and because the term is so vague, the concept is useless. Can these authors use their god to support a belief in life after death? No ethical norms can be deduced from their god. Most pointedly, their god does not speak to man. He is no better than “the silence of eternity” without even being “interpreted by love.” Atheism is more realistic, more honest. If we are to combat the latter, we need a different method.

The Proper Reply

The explanation of a second method must begin with a more direct confrontation with atheism. If the existence of God cannot be deduced by cosmology, have we dodged the burden of proof and left the battlefield in the possession of our enemies? No; there is indeed a theistic answer. Superficially, it is not difficult to understand; but, unfortunately, a full appreciation of its force requires some philosophic expertise. A knowledge of geometry is of great help, but it is seldom taught in the public high schools. One cannot realistically expect Christians to have read and to have understood Spinoza; and Protestant churches usually anathematize plain, ordinary Aristotelian logic.

In geometry there are axioms and theorems. One of the early theorems is, “An exterior angle of a triangle is greater than either opposite interior angle.” A later one is the famous Pythagorean theorem: the sum of the squares of the other two sides of a right triangle equals the square of its hypotenuse. How theological all this sounds! These two theorems and all others are deduced logically from a certain set of axioms. But the axioms are never deduced. They are assumed without proof.

There is a definite reason why not everything can be deduced. If one tried to prove the axioms of geometry, one must refer back to prior propositions. If these too must be deduced, there must be previous propositions, and so on back ad infinitum. From which it follows: If everything must be demonstrated, nothing can be demonstrated, for there would be no starting point. If you cannot start, then you surely cannot finish.

Every system of theology or philosophy must have a starting point. Logical Positivists started with the unproved assumption that a sentence can have no meaning unless it can be tested by sensation. To speak without referring to something that can be touched, seen, smelled, and especially measured, is to speak nonsense. But they never deduce this principle. It is their non-demonstrable axiom. Worse, it is self-contradictory, for it has not been seen, smelled, or measured; therefore it is self-condemned as nonsense.

If the axioms of other secularists are not nonsense, they are nonetheless axioms. Every system must start somewhere, and it cannot have started before it starts. A naturalist might amend the Logical Positivist’s principle and make it say that all knowledge is derived from sensation. This is not nonsense, but it is still an empirically unverifiable axiom. If it is not self-contradictory, it is at least without empirical justification. Other arguments against empiricism need not be given here: The point is that no system can deduce its axioms.

The inference is this: No one can consistently object to Christianity’s being based on a non-demonstrable axiom. If the secularists exercise their privilege of basing their theorems on axioms, then so can Christians. If the former refuse to accept our axioms, then they can have no logical objection to our rejecting theirs. Accordingly, we reject the very basis of atheism, Logical Positivism, and, in general, empiricism. Our axiom shall be, God has spoken. More completely, God has spoken in the Bible. More precisely, what the Bible says, God has spoken.

HERESIES EXPOSED

A Brief Critical Examination in the Light of the Holy Scriptures of some of the Prevailing Heresies and False Teachings of Today

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WM. C.  IRVINE

Loizeaux Brothers, Bible Truth Depot
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First Edition, 1917 – Fifteenth Edition 1944

Agnosticism
By A. McD. Rewood


THE

natural attitude of a thinking mind toward the supernatural is that of skepticism’ skepticism, not agnosticism. The skeptic halts at the cross-roads, to take his bearings; but at the sight of a cross-road the agnostic gives up his journey altogether. True skepticism connotes intellectual caution, but agnosticism is intellectual suicide.” With these words Sir Robert Anderson opens one of his chapters in his In Defence, a book which we commend to everyone who suffers from mental doubts.

What is Agnosticism?
In the words of Professor Alexander Stewart, it is “the name by which those designate their position who do not deny the existence of God, the future world, and other doctrines of religion, but declare that we do not, and cannot, know anything about these subjects, and should therefore leave them out of account.” Agnosticism denies that there is a revelation, and therefore denies the Bible. In effect, the agnostic is neither logical nor philosophical, for, whilst he acknowledges there is a God, he will not allow that God can reveal Himself to the creatures of His own bands. “The Agnostic recognizes the facts of nature and the duties of life: of these he admits we have a knowledge sufficient for all practical purposes, though even here there are deep problems which remain unsolved; but because be cannot solve all deep problems with regard to God, he will not admit that we have even a practical knowledge of Him – a knowledge to be gained by inference from the facts of nature and the constitution of man, even if we leave that given by Revelation out of account. Agnosticism is thus essentially inconsistent and untenable whenever it goes beyond the declaration that there is much in relation to God which our intellects cannot apprehend.”

Such a half-way position, with atheism on the one side denying the very existence of God, and skepticism on the other side endeavoring to find the way (as Paul says: “If haply they might find Him”), although it be but a feeling one’s way in the dark, is surely only possible to those who refuse to know and are wilfully blind. One can have much patience with the honest doubter, the man with sincere intellectual difficulties, who is willing to make use of even a rushlight if it will but lead him in the way of Truth. But no amount of argument will avail for the one who deliberately rejects; his agnosticism is with him a “creed,” a “creed” of illogical ignorance.

An Appeal
This article is not so much an exposure as an appeal, and that to the former class. Agnosticism has done its own exposing; it stands self-condemned in the eyes of all honest minds who have themselves made honest search and found the Way. Now, our appeal is-Will you search and find? Christianity declares with no equivocal challenge that “God hath spoken unto us by His Son.” The Son Himself has said: “I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE.” And He has further laid down His principle, and a truly scientific principle at that, fully in accord with the modern scientific method, by which we may arrive at a clear knowledge of Truth, of Himself. This is given in John 7: 17:

If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.

You are in doubt as to whether God can and does reveal Himself to the human heart; you are in doubt as to whether Christ Jesus is the manifestation of God and His love to man? Right! Then there, in the few words quoted above, you will find a method of testing it for yourself. You believe in the existence of God, somehow, somewhere. Act on that belief. Do His will and you shall know. He has pledged Himself to do His part, if you will do yours. “But,” you answer, “what is His will? How shall I find it out?” My answer is this: In nature everywhere we see the evidence of His power and of His workings; but in the Bible we see His will and His love. “But how do I know that?” you ask. Test it. Here is the commandment, the will of God, as given in His Word:

This is the commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ,

and again,

This is the will of Him that sent Me (the Son), that everyone which seeth the Son (by faith) and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (1 John 3: 23; John 6: 40).

You don’t believe the Bible? Never mind, for the moment; test those words practically; receive Jesus Christ into your heart by an act of simple faith, believing Him to be true to His Word, asking Him to open your eyes that you may see and know Him. Keep asking, sincerely and persistently, and – You WILL KNOW! “Really?” Absolutely certain! God does not lie, He is not a gamester, He is God! And He wants you to know and to love Him, for He knows and loves You!

A Testimony
Anybody tried this way before you? Literally thousands, a host innumerable. Here is a sample of one who thus found Christ, taken from J. F. Clarke’s booklet, Does God reveal Himself to men?
It tells of the conversion of H. Musgrave Reade, for twenty years, not merely an agnostic, but an out-and-out atheist, nevertheless an honest thinker, as recorded in his own book, From Atheism to Christ:

I read eagerly Strauss’ Life of Christ, in which he contended that the Gospel account was on a par with the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome, and that Christ was simply a myth, probably taken from the Hindu God Krishna. Then I readily drank in Renan’s Vie de Jesus, with its beautiful, but soul-destroying picture of Christ, neither divine, nor human, neither the Son of God, nor a truly noble and good man. Fichte, Hegel, Schopenhauer, and a host of German metaphysicians then captivated my fancy, and I was soon in the vain imaginings of idealism, transcendentalism, and pessimism, and thus blossomed into a philosophical deist. Auguste Comte, with his Positivist Philosophy, then attracted my attention; his plausible theory of science and religion gained -many adherents, mainly through his attempts to spiritualize free thought into a religion. The Religion of Humanity was the cult, and its devotees were asked to worship an abstraction, that to elevate the idea of the whole humanity, past, present, and to come, into a grand being, to be reverenced and worshipped. Professor Huxley aptly termed it Catholicism minus Christianity. These, in turn, gave way to more extreme critics and opponents of Christianity. Rousseau, Voltaire, Volney, Paine, and others, were eagerly sought for, and the tenets of Christianity were insidiously uprooted from my mind. I became what is termed a Freethinker (why a rejecter of Christianity should have the monopoly of this title I have never been able to understand). The transition from this phase was greatly facilitated by a course of studies in the realm of science, in which I was introduced to the works of Buchner, Haeckel, Darwin, Tyndall, Huxley, etc., and imbibed the doctrines of evolution-this completed the work, and left me a materialistic atheist.

While in this state of mind Reade met Charles Bradlaugh, Mrs. Annie Besant, Dr. Edward Aveling, and other prominent atheists, and became himself an anti-Christian propagandist. In 1882 he became Secretary of a branch of the National Secular Society of which Charles Bradlaugh was president, and in 1892 he was one of the seven men who formed the Independent Labor Party. In 1900 he was appointed by his employers to undertake a long journey in America, and in this connection he visited sixty-two of the largest towns and cities in the United States. The various sights witnessed and the many cities through which he passed deeply impressed him, and formed the first link in the chain of evidence of the existence of God.

An Agnostic Convinced

In his own words the memorable journey and its consequence are thus described: –


All this had its deep influence upon my mind unconsciously, and it eventually resulted in the revelation of God to me as a Personal Being, knowing and loving the creature He had made. The hour of the revelation drew nigh. I was in the train, slowly climbing the wonderful Rocky Mountains. We had reached an altitude of 15,000 feet. We had left Colorado 90 degrees in the shade, and here we were passing through snow-capped pinnacles, where eagles were sweeping past us as the train slowly labored up the heights. The panorama to a city man brought up amidst the bricks and mortar of Manchester, was overwhelming. Here I beheld a wonder cataclysm of nature. The “Royal Gorge” some three miles deep, lay on one side of the rails over which we were passing, and we were now on the edge of a precipice, and again mounting up to another peak until we reached the highest point.

At this altitude the train climbed so slowly that all the passengers left the car, and I was alone. I sat in a reverie gazing at the spectacle, whilst I began instinctively feeling about, so to speak, in my mind for an explanation of these wonders. The first defined thought was, Surely all this is not the result of fortuitous circumstances, blind chance, matter and force or, as we glibly say, “a concourse of fortuitous atoms!” Something else than the atomic theory must account for all these wonders. Could “evolution” explain it all? Evolution can give a plausible case to us whilst we are studying nature, in our chamber amongst our books, but the immediate contact with nature herself, in all her rugged beauty, speaks to us of the existence of a higher power than ourselves. Insensibly I found my mind was undergoing a change;. an irresistible feeling of wonder, awe, and reverence crept into my thoughts. I had ever been an honest seeker after truth, and the thought suddenly flashed into my mind-Might I, after all, have been mistaken? I felt I must face the question. I fell on my knees, and cried, “O God, if Thou dost exist, reveal Thyself.”

I asked for light and it came like a flood I The whole car seemed full of light. It was the veil torn off my mind by the Spirit of God. I felt that I was in the presence of God, and I capitulated without a struggle. I who had resisted so long His gracious pleadings, who had rebelled against His authority so many years, was at last brought into submission. I arose from my knees filled with joy, saying, “GOD IS!” There had come to me “that Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1: 9). There could be no “association of ideas,” as some would say, to account for this, for as I fell on my knees I had in my hand one of Ingersoll’s books which I had been reading. The sudden change simply meant that the Spirit of God had come into my life, in spite of my resistance, without my seeking, and without the help of man or books, and I knew that I beheld the glory of God and His wondrous works! Oh, what a revelation and a revolution of ideas , what joy and peace to know the unfathomable love of God! Was I dreaming, or ill with the fever? Nay, neither; I never felt better in health than at that moment. It was my first realization of the Personal Presence of God.

But although the great discovery had been made, months passed before he came into possession of the new life.

An Agnostic Converted
On his return to England, a Bible was at length purchased and carefully studied, and the joyful news comprehended that there is a new life or salvation to be had through trusting Christ

The new life brought with it, not only great joy and peace, but an earnest desire to spread the good news to others. Having tasted that the Lord was good I yearned to let other blind souls know this great joy, but I soon found out to my want to know about this “good thing of God.” They did not wish to be disturbed, they were in their sin and blindness. I marveled greatly that they could spurn such love, that the blessed news would meet with such a cold response: but I remembered my own sad case, how blind and perverse I had been for twenty years.

Moreover, innumerable witnesses could be produced, not only from amongst those who have written, but from those whom we know.

We have seen changes wrought in the lives of individuals that nothing short of divine power could effect – changes certainly not the result of the cherishing of high ideals, intellectual culture, mesmeric influences, or sentiment. We have seen these changes effected in individuals possessing minds incapable of appreciating the glories of classical literature, or even, to a great extent, the sublimity of nature. We have seen these desirable effects wrought in those with weakened will power, and with records of broken resolutions; and the explanations given by the individual have always been that these results have been consequent upon the committal of themselves and their lives into the hands of Jesus Christ, who has become real to them, and who manifests His saving and keeping power in their lives..

There can be but one explanation-an actual power. If these results are effected-(and they are), to deny them is simply to deny facts-an adequate cause is essential. That cause is God in Christ, revealing Himself through the Bible by the Holy Spirit. Truly, agnosticism is inconsistent and inadequate.

…’Atheism’

Shadows…of…the evening
Morning sun…..all…..erased
Earth…compelled…by something
Revolves….again..in space

Yet…..this..escapes…the atheist
Though..he sees..that sun..ashining
Just……as it was…on yesterday
Still………a living God…denying

Atheism – A fraudulent…arrogant….self-centered concept..for no one..is..devoid…of..FAITH! One’s…every act..is a demonstrated exercise in faith….that…spiritual…belief…in the existence…..of…a
Greater Power. It matters not…..the label!

‘JBE’

James B. Earley

The Atheist and His Atheism

By Andrew Friedman


Atheism is defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary as,

“1) the belief that there is no God, or denial that God or gods exist.

2) godlessness.”

An atheist, therefore, is a person who believes that there is no God.  But what does the Bible say?

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. -Psalm 14:1

Atheism is a belief system that ardently denies the existence of God.  God calls the atheist a FOOL!  Many atheists spend much time and effort attempting to “disprove” that God exists.  According to Romans Chapter 1, they know that He exists, but they want to control their own lives and not submit to the Lord.  They are actually rather tragic figures, just like any other unsaved individual.  It is hard to live out their atheism–if they did, they’d actually be considered crazy like O’Hair was.

The atheist’s RELIGION (which is simply a system of beliefs based on a philosophy) of atheism is simply a way to try to block out and override the truth–the ol’ ostrich-head-in-the-sand technique:

If you try to tell ’em the truth, they say “Shut up!”
stick their heads in the ground and shout–

There’s nobody there,
there’s nobody there,
there’s nobody there, I tell you!
See, I can’t see ’em!”

Well, atheist reader, Somebody is there and His truth has stood from the beginning of time and will continue for all eternity.  God is not dependent on you in any way. Blasphemies, wars, famines, and political appointments come and go, but when the dust settles, there’s Jesus. And there is nothing you can do about it but breathe out hot air.  You will humble yourself before the Lord Jesus or you will be ground to powder.

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.–Jesus Christ (Matthew 21:44)

Most atheists have what I call the Don Quixote Syndrome.  Let me explain.  Cervantes wrote a book about Don Quixote a long time ago.  Don Quixote would attack windmills as if they were his enemies.  Of course a windmill is nobody’s enemy.  If what the atheist believes is REALLY his belief, then he would leave people like me alone.  After all, if God did not exist, He and His followers would be no enemy to the atheist.  We’d just be deluded people.  Therefore IF the atheist REALLY believes there is no God and the fool attacks a Christian, then he has the Don Quixote Syndrome because the Christian is not his enemy.  Nevertheless, God is real and THAT is why atheists have all these organizations and debates to “prove” that God does not exist.  Atheist reader, if you would just be true to what you purport to believe, then you wouldn’t have the Don Quixote Syndrome.

My old pastor once ministered to an old atheist who had been a card-carrying atheist for decades–but as he laid on his death bed, he wanted a pastor.  I don’t know if he got saved or not. When it’s time to die, many atheists are understandably uneasy and those that aren’t should be terrified.

There is hope for the atheist.  He can be saved.  In fact, there are plenty of atheists that have come to Jesus Christ.  I refuse to argue with them, but will answer honest questions.  Unfortunately, many atheists ignorantly say hard things against the Lord Jesus Christ and His people.  Don’t let fancy titles and big words shake your faith in the One who holds your eternal destiny.

Think about this: What does the atheist have to offer you?  Eternal life?  Spiritual comfort?  Love?  Kindness?  Comfort in the midnight hour when no one is around?  No, none of these.  He has nothing to offer you but blasphemy, hell-fire and the wrath of God.  The atheist will tell you fabulous fairy tales like …

You were spontaneously generated from a rock,
a monkey is your daddy,
a fish is your cousin,
you have no hope,
you should just live for today,
when you’re dead, you’re dead.

If you follow their ignorant advice and die without Christ, you WILL forever regret it and you will remember that someone told you the truth and you scoffed.

Atheists try their hardest to argue a fact that is firmly established–God is real.  You cannot look on His creation and its ways and honestly deny it.  I won’t argue that 2+2=4 and I won’t argue that God exists.  An atheist once wrote and said, “2+2 is not necessarily 4”.  Well, write any other number on your math test and see if you get it right.

The bottom line is that atheism is a false belief system composed of fools–it’s not new–the Bible told us about atheism thousands of years ago.  Is there a real atheist?  No.  The closest thing to it is someone who has told themselves a lie so many times that they begin to believe it’s true.

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An Atheist’s Error

(Or is it an error?)

by Robert J. Stewart

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;-Romans 1:18

The Atheist makes the grave and deadly error of deliberately rejecting the truth!  But is Atheism really an error?  Atheism is no mistake friend, it is a willing rejection of God Almighty.   No child is an Atheist.  A person does not become an Atheist until they’ve been brainwashed by some heathen teacher in a public school or godless university (or sadly by Atheist parents).   Romans 1:18 teaches that mankind, even in his unrighteousness, HOLDS THE TRUTH.  We read in the Word of God…

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,” –Titus 2:11

It is clear from the Bible that God’s saving grace is extended to all humanity.  Man HOLDS the truth at his fingertips.  Proverb 1:20 says that wisdom crieth out in the streets for people to hear, but few listen.  God’s hand of invitation for salvation is extended to all people of all races of all nations.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for EVERYONE.  If you want to be saved, it is still not too late.  If your heart hasn’t become hardened by unbelief to the point where you refuse to call upon the Lord for forgiveness, then you may be saved.  Ironically, it is the same sun which melts the wax that also hardens the clay.  The same Bible which melt one person’s heart, causes another’s to become hardened in unbelief.  The only thing which can keep you from becoming a born-again believer is you.  God wants to save everyone (2nd Peter 3:9).

The Atheist makes the foolish mistake of rejecting God.  According to the Word of God, there is NO such thing as an Atheist…

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,-Romans 1:21-22

Every honest person knows that there is a God, it is mankind’s love for sin that causes him to run from the light of God’s Word…

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.-John 3:20

The Bible teaches that the INVISIBLE things of creation are CLEARLY seen by the things which are visible…

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:-Romans 1:20

Notice that the above Scripture declares that all men will be WITHOUT EXCUSE.  Frequently someone will ask me how a God of love could ever send anyone to burn in hell.  The answer is in the verse we just read…WITHOUT EXCUSE!  If you or anyone else goes to hell, it will be your own fault..  You will have no one to blame but yourself and your stubborn wicked pride that prevented you from coming to Jesus Christ for salvation…

And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.-John 5:40

Jesus never turned anyone away empty-handed except those who were full of themselves.  You don’t have to go to hell my friend.  You know deep down in your heart that Atheism is nothing more than anger and bitterness against a Holy and Righteous God.  What is stopping you from coming to Christ for salvation?  Is it a sinful lifestyle that you love so much?  Is it bitterness against God because of some deep-rooted heartbreak in your past?  Is it because you were hurt by someone who professed to be a “Christian,” but they turned out to be a sheep in wolf’s clothing?  Just because someone claims to be a “Christian,” surely does not mean that they are.  Even the devil himself appears as a Christian (2nd Corinthians 11:14).  Push that old stinkin’ pride away and come to Jesus now for forgiveness.  Confess your sins to Christ and ask Him to forgive and save you.

The Atheist’s error is really no error at all, but a deliberate and rebellious rejection of the Saviour–Jesus Christ (Who is Almighty God).  Hebrews 11:6 declares that the ONLY way to please God is by FAITH…

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” -Hebrews 11:6

Proof that Evolution is a Hoax

by David J. Stewart

Recently, a thought captivated my mind that proves that the theory of evolution is a big hoax.  The thought is simple and yet profound … why is there no recorded history before approximately 4,000 B.C.?  The answer is obvious … there was no history!  Think about it!  Evolutionists claim that man evolved over billions of years (that’s billions with a “B”).  If there were any truth to these false claims by unscrupulous scientists, then man’s historical record should span back at least hundreds-of-thousands of years, if not millions.  There is no record of a cataclysmic event that destroyed mankind prior to 4,000 B.C.  And if there were, surely some of the survivors would have passed this information down to generations to follow.  The Bible dates creation, as we know it today, at approximately 4,000 B.C.  Thus, it was approximately 6,000 years ago that God, Jesus Christ, created the heavens and the earth in 6-days.  It was 6,000 years ago that Jesus Christ spoke the stars into existence.  It was 6,000 years ago that Jesus spoke animals, fish, plants, and land into existence.  And it was 6,000 years ago that God formed man out of the dust of the earth.

Such Biblical claims seem absurd to modern evolutionists, who have convinced themselves that the earth is billions of years old.  Ironically, they have absolutely NO EVIDENCE of such longevity.  Evolutionists have sought out dishonest scientists, who distort the facts, use faulty testing methods, and make erroneous assumptions (unethically stating such assumptions as if they were facts).  Evolution is at best still a THEORY.  Yet, children are brainwashed in godless public schools all across the world, with evolution, which is taught as if it were a fact.  This is evil.  It is evil to deny students the Biblical account of creationism.  The Word of God makes infinite more sense than the fairytale of evolution.

One of the simplest and best proofs that evolution is a joke, is the FACT that there is NO recorded history prior to 4,000 B.C.  The world’s history is CLEARY defined by SIX world powers since time began: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.  Since Rome’s fall in 476 A.D., there have been no world-powers (many super-powers; but, no world-powers).  At the time of Moses, Egypt ruled the world.  The Israelites were used as slave labor by Pharaoh to build the pyramids.  Before Egypt, there is absolutely nothing recorded in history about a world-power.  It is NO coincidence that Revelation 17:10 speaks of these world-powers, “…five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”  At the writing of Revelation, Rome was still a world-power.  The Apostle John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us that Rome is the 6th world-power, and there is one more to come.  The 7th world-power will be the beast system, the kingdom of the antichrist.  This diabolical New World Order is quickly forming now (i.e., a universal religious view, global centralized government, a one-world economic system, a cashless society, etc.).

Do you think it’s a mere coincidence that the Word of God is so concise on world history?  The Bible records the beginning of mankind at about 4,000 B.C., and secular history is eerily silent before 4,000 B.C. for those who claim to believe in evolution.  If I were an evolutionist, I would be extremely disturbed by this FACT..  Prove me wrong!  I dare you.  I triple-dog dare you to show me any recorded civilization before 4,000 B.C.  And I don’t mean some pottery jug or item that you claim is 14,000 years old–Show me any evidence of civilization prior to 4,000 B.C.  You cannot.  In fact, it is difficult to find much recorded history before 2,500 B.C., because the flood of Noah’s day destroyed most of it.  How can evolutionists be so naive and foolish as to totally ignore this incredibly obvious fact?  There is NO recorded history prior to 4,000 B.C.–no writings, no carved stones, no battles, no wars, no countries, no nothing!  It’s as if mankind just suddenly began (which is exactly what the Bible teaches happened).  God created man out of the dirt, the elements, of the earth..

There were no humans before approximately 4,000 B.C.  Hard to imagine?  Why should it be?  There is no history to indicate that humans existed prior to 4,000 B.C.  This fact is irrefutable.  Oh sure, some stubborn evolutionists are going to start talking about carbon-dating, archeological findings, etc.  BUT, the bottom line is that the history of mankind should be traceable far beyond 4,000 B.C., going back million of years IF evolution were true.

Why 7,000 Languages?

If, as evolutionists claim, all of mankind evolved from the SAME primitive life-source, then how did we end up with 7,000 different languages? The Bible teaches that God created all the different languages at Babel… “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech … Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:7,9). It is far more reasonable to accept the Biblical claim that God created all of mankind’s different languages; than it is to believe that some space-dust from a massive chaotic explosion somehow became life, and then took on intelligence, and then from the same evolutionary process ended up with 7,000 different languages. That makes no sense at all.

There are no “primitive” languages. All languages have a system of sounds, words, and sentences that can adequately communicate the content of culture. This is evidence of a divine Creator. The languages of the so-called “primitive” peoples are often very complex in their grammatical structures. If mankind had advanced through an evolutionary process, then there should still be developing languages today; but in fact, one languages disappears every 2-weeks…

Researchers say a language disappears every 2 weeks

LOS ANGELES TIMES
By Thomas H. Maugh II | September 19, 2007 in print edition A-18

One of the world’s 7,000 distinct languages disappears every 14 days, an extinction rate exceeding that of birds, mammals or plants, researchers said Tuesday..

At least 20% of the world’s languages are in imminent danger of becoming extinct as their last speakers die off, compared with about 18% of mammals, 8% of plants and 5% of birds.

The extinction of a language translates into a loss of knowledge, said K. David Harrison, associate director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages and a linguist at Swarthmore College.

When we lose a language, we lose centuries of thinking about time, seasons, sea creatures, reindeer, edible flowers, mathematics, landscapes, myths, music, the unknown and the everyday,” he said.

Half of the world’s languages have disappeared in the last 500 years, and half of the remainder are likely to vanish during this century, Harrison said.

Many of the languages are not easily translated into English. In the endangered south Siberian language Todzhu, for example, the word chary” means “2-year-old male castrated reindeer that can be used for riding.”

Harrison and Living Tongues Director Gregory D.S. Anderson have identified five language “hot spots” where the extinction rate is particularly high, they said at a news conference sponsored by the National Geographic Society, which supports their research.

One such area encompasses Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, where 40 languages spoken by Native Americans are at risk. Only five elderly members of the Yuchi tribe, for example, are fluent in the Yuchi language, which may be unrelated to any other language in the world.

The top hot spot is northern Australia, where 153 languages spoken by Aborigines are at risk. There are currently only three known speakers of Magati Ke in the Northern Territory and three Yawuru speakers. The team found one elderly speaker of Amurdag – which had previously been declared extinct – and he could barely recall the language spoken by his father.

Other hot spots include central South America, parts of the Pacific Northwest and eastern Siberia. All the areas are similar in that they were colonized with indigenous languages giving way to a colonial language either voluntarily or through coercion. A map of the hot spots is at www.languagehotspots.org.

The Native American languages in Oklahoma are giving way to English, Anderson said. That process has already taken place on the East Coast, which was colonized earlier. Virtually all indigenous languages have disappeared there.

Researchers from the Living Tongues Institute are visiting these locales and using digital audio and video equipment to record the last speakers of the most endangered tongues.

“In many cases, these are the first and only digital recordings of the languages,” Anderson said.

In as few as seven to 10 days, they can record enough information to prevent the complete loss of a language, he said.

SOURCE: Researchers say a language disappears every two weeks – Los Angeles Times

The fact that mankind’s languages are vanishing from civilization at any alarming rate is proof that evolution is a lie. If evolution were true, then the process by which mankind has obtained 7,000 languages would be continuing today. Has the evolutionary process ceased? According to the Bible it never happened in the first place. One would have to be a fool to follow the nonsense of evolution. It’s amazing to me how people continually place God and the Bible on trial; yet unquestioningly accept the theories of evolution. This just shows their wicked heart of unbelief in the Word of God.

Something Else to Consider

IF, as evolutionists claim, the earth is billions of years old, and mankind has evolved from a lower and simpler form of life, then why has mankind gone from writing upon stones to laser printers in just the past 3,500 years?  When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, they were written upon stone.  It is abundantly clear that the Egyptians carved messages into stone (hieroglyphics).

So why is it that mankind has only discovered better inventions in the past few thousand years?  If mankind had evolved, as evolutionists claim, then why didn’t man discover ink a million years ago?  Think about it.  This is an astonishing thought–There were NO planes, cars, computers, refrigerators, electricity, lights, gas, powered-equipment, telephones, recording devices, CD players, MP3 players, electric razors, televisions, record players, movie cameras, or a million other modern technological inventions–just a mere 170 years ago.  Civilization has advanced from utter primitiveness to incredible mind-boggling achievements in just a little over 100 years.

So why didn’t mankind discover any of this stuff 100,000,000 years ago, or 100,000 years ago for that matter?

Look at the ignorance of doctors over the past few centuries.  Sanitary practices, such as washing hands, were laughed at by doctors, while thousands of patients continued to die..  It was unimaginable to doctors back then, that washing one’s hands somehow was related to a patient’s health in the operating room.

Can you believe that?  Evolutionists today are just as ignorant of the truth of God’s Word, and of common sense itself.  It’s hard to imagine that millions of people were dying from a simple lack of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) just a couple hundred years ago.  If evolution is true, then it took man billions of years to learn all these kindergarten lessons.  And ironically, man has only learned these lessons in the past couple hundred years.  You’ve got to be kidding me!  Don’t tell me that it took mankind BILLIONS of years to learn to wash his hands to prevent disease!  The truth is that mankind has taken baby-steps since 4,000 B.C., and it did take him nearly 6,000 years to learn to wash his hands.  This is just another undeniable PROOF that evolution is a lie.  If mankind had evolved over millions of years, then men would have discovered these inventions a very long time ago.

The truth is that evolutionists are hardhearted against the truth of God’s Word.  The Word of God declares that God created the world at approximately 4,000 B.C.—YOU’D BE A FOOL NOT TO BELIEVE IT, BECAUSE THERE’S NO HISTORY PRIOR TO 4,000 B.C.  As incredible as this fact is, it is undeniable proof against evolution.

HOW FAR BACK DO THE RECORDS GO?

I Need Some Proof

“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations.”

–Elton Trueblood


A skeptic writes that he needs some proof to believe the claims of Christ:

“It is hard to sell something that hasn’t been seen. Seeing is believing and a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Jesus answers in Matthew 12:39-40:

An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days, and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Jesus rose from the dead–it’s the only sign you’ll get as an unbeliever.

. . . . . . .

Friend, there is a limit to what you can understand right now if you have never been saved” (I Corinthians 2:14).

The wrath of a holy God abideth upon you” (John 3:36), “and the gates of hell want you there for eternal destruction.  Oh, open your eyes and see!  Jesus is good and kind.  God came from His dwelling place on high to save you from that torment.

You need to turn from your unbelief and say, “Yes” to your Creator–Jesus Christ” (Colossians 1:16).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

Jesus left His throne on High to die on a cross–FOR YOU.  Christ shed His blood at Calvary for you.  Come to Jesus and find rest for your soul.  Trust upon the Lord and become a child of God now.  God will become your Heavenly Father and you will have a much better understanding as you begin to walk with Him.  His Holy Spirit will guide and lead you through this life and for all eternity.

We read an amazing Scripture passage in Luke 16, the rich man and Lazarus.  Both men died.  Lazarus was escorted by angels into heaven.  The rich man went straight to hell-fire and torment.  He specifically mentions the flames.  The rich man had a conversation with Abraham.  He begs Abraham to send Lazarus from the dead to warn His unbelieving brothers.  Abraham said the following to the Rich man…

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:31).

It is shocking and sad to realize that some folks are so stubborn and hardened in their sin that they wouldn’t even repent if a dead zombie came to witness to them.  This is exactly what the Bible teaches.  If a person will NOT listen to the preachers and the Word of God, then of a certainty they will NOT listen to the living dead.  All the proof you need of God’s existence friend is to open your eyes and look around you.

“The heavens declare the glory of God…” (Psalm 19:1).

Jesus is everything that can be desired and all that any sane person could want–and more.  Jesus is the Lily of the Valley, the Everlasting God, the Eternal Word, the Saviour, the Creator, our Protector, our Lord.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord–this includes Satan, every devil, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Ted Turner, Hue Hefner, every false prophet, every humanist, and every scoffer (as well as those of us who will be shouting “Glory, Hallelujah! Blessed be the Name of the Lord”)!  ALL creation will bow to their Creator.

To be truthful, If you don’t repent you will perish.  That is a sure thing; It is most sure.  God has been merciful to you by allowing you to live another day to repent.  Please don’t die without Jesus.  Please don’t die in your sins.

Is God Unfair to the Heathen?

By Dr. Max D. Younce, Pastor

HERITAGE BAPTIST BIBLE CHURCH
P.O. Box 573| Walnut Grove, MN 56180 | Telephone (507) 859-2519


Thank you for your questions and your concerns.

I will attempt to condense this to the basics.

Step One: First, we need to keep in mind that

God is omniscient, man is not! In John 2:25 we are told concerning Christ,

And needed not that any should testify of man:

FOR HE (Christ) KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN.

In Job 42:2 we read,

…that no thought can be withholden from thee.

Ezekiel 11:5 states,

…for I know the things that come into your mind,

every one of them.” Hebrews 4:13 agrees as,

All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of

Him with whom we have to do.

Keep this in mind as we proceed to Step Two.

Step Two: When God created man, man was

created with an inborn knowledge of the God of Creation. Romans 1:19,

Because that which may be known of God IS MANIFEST IN THEM;

for God hath showed it unto them.

In other words, when God created man,

He created him with a mind with which to think and to reason.

By visually observing all the wonders of Creation: stars,

moon, sun, planets, trees, clouds, rain, animal life,

plant life; and even himself, man could know that

Someone much superior to himself was responsible.

Romans 1:20 makes this perfectly clear,

For the invisible things of Him from the creation of

the world are clearly seen, being understood

by the things that are made (His creation), even his eternal power and Godhead; so

that they are without excuse. This leads us to step Three.

Step Three: Man’s Responsibility. All that any person

needs to have is a DESIRE to know the truth about the God

of Creation. Only the infinite, Omniscient

God can know the desire of a person–not finite beings

such as you and I! Remember, very few

people want to know the truth about God.

Matthew 7:14 tells us that,

Because strait is the gate,

and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,

and few there be that find it..” The Greek word for

“find” is heurea and can be translated; “get, obtain,

perceive, or see.” The reason only a few

perceive, see, or obtain eternal life is because of

their self-righteousness. Read on in Matthew 7:22,

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have

we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name

have cast out devils? And in thy name done

many wonderful works? God answers in Verse 24,

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:

depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Christ, addressing the Pharisees in Luke 16:15,

exposing their true thinking,

And he (Christ) said unto them, Ye are they which

JUSTIFY YOURSELVES

before men; BUT GOD KNOWETH YOUR HEARTS…

Many times we have been fooled by people’s

actions, unaware of what they are really thinking,

but not so the Lord! 1st Samuel 16:7b makes this clear,

…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man

looketh on the outward appearance,

BUT THE LORD looketh on the heart.” Again, in Luke 18:9,

we see the Omniscient Christ exposing the

pride and self-righteousness of the Pharisees,

And he (Christ) spake this parable unto certain

WHICH TRUSTED IN THEMSELVES that they were

righteous, and despised others.

These, like others, had no desire to know the truth;

but, were gods unto themselves, seeking to be

justified by their own righteousness. This leads us to

Step Four, where we examine God’s responsibility.

Step Four: God’s Responsibility. God loved and created mankind

so that He could have fellowship with thinking beings.

He loved mankind or He wouldn’t have

created them and He wanted mankind to love Him.

He created male and female capable of reproducing,

thus populating the earth with people who would love

Him and He them. As we know, sin

entered and separated His creation from Him.

Some have asked why God allowed this to happen.

God wanted people to love Him of their own freewill,

knowing that He loved them or He wouldn’t have

created them. Who would want a mechanical, programmed

robot to say, “I love you,” with no

meaning, feelings, or free will? The reason God gave man a

free choice and allowed him to sin was,

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding

riches of his grace in his kindness

toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). This

He proved, as we know from

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave

his only begotten Son, that whosoever

believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Peter also reveals God’s will in 2nd Peter 3:9, “The Lord is

not slack concerning his promise, as some men count

slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,

NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL

SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE

(In the Greek, “A change of mind”). Now that we know

God’s will, we realize it becomes

His responsibility to keep alive, and get the truth to,

anyone who has a desire to know the true and living God of Creation.

An example of God’s longsuffering can be seen clear

back in Genesis 15 in the account of His dealings with

the heathen nations then in the Lan of

Canaan, which Israel was eventually to conquer.

Seven great nations are given by name in

Deuteronomy 7:1.

God waited over 400 more years for these people to

have a desire to know the true and

living God, which shows God’s longsuffering.  The record is in Genesis 15:13, 16,

…and they (Egypt) shall afflict them (Israel) four hundred

years;”  “But in the fourth generation

they shall come hither again: FOR THE INIQUITY OF THE

AMORITES IS NOT YET FULL.

God extended His grace and long-suffering 400 more years

to see if these nations (including the Amorites)

has a DESIRE to know the true God of Creation.  They did not.

Of the hundreds of thousands of

people living there, we know there was one exception.  Rahab and her family (Joshua 2) were spared

during the taking of Jericho for her faith in God.

Deuteronomy 7 records God’s instructions for Israel to

destroy all these nations occupying the land of Canaan.  May I pause and answer the question:

Why would God be so ‘mean’ as to have the little babies

and children killed along with the parents?

The answer is very simple and logical.  Should children under

the age of accountability die, they would go

to be with the Lord (2nd Samuel 12:22,23 cf. Psalm 16:9,10).

These little babies and children, if left to

their parents to raise; would, no doubt, become as heathen as

their parents and destined for Hell.

Because of God’s grace and wisdom, you and I will see these

little ones in Heaven which God took

prematurely to raise Himself.

Should a person desire to know the truth, it then becomes

God’s responsibilities to get the truth to them.

This can be seen in Acts 10, and 11 where the account

is given of Cornelius who was “A devout man and one that

feared God with all his house,

which gave much alms to the people, and prayer to God alway

(Acts 10:2).  God told Cornelius to

…call for Simon, whose surname is Peter:

Who shall tell thee words whereby thou and all

thy house shall be saved” (Acts 11:13b, 14).

Cornelius was religious, but lost.  However, he had a desire to

know the truth (John 14:6); therefore, God fulfilled His

responsibility by sending Peter with the message of the Gospel.

We should mention one more example, the Ethiopian eunuch.

He was in charge of all the treasure belonging to the queen of the Ethiopians.  More importantly,

he was a religious man as he had come to Jerusalem to worship

(Acts 8:27).  On the way back, he had

stopped and was reading the Book of Isaiah (Acts 8:30).  Like Cornelius, this man was religious but

lost.  Nevertheless, God knew he had a desire to know the truth.  Philip had been preaching in many

villages of the Samaritans when the Lord spoke to him, instructing him to go down where the

eunuch was (Acts 8:25,26).  Again, we find God fulfilled His responsibility, predicated upon the eunuch’s

desire to know the truth.  Philip led him to Christ and then

baptized him.  This leads us to Step Five.

Step Five.  Many have a mistaken idea that if all the “heathen”

were given the Gospel, most of the “heathen” would abandon

their idols, their false Gods, and be

gloriously saved!  This kind of reasoning leads one to blame

God for their eternal destiny in Hell.

The idea that all, or the majority of, those who have not

heard the truth would be saved, if they

had the truth, is just not true!  The Word of God repudiates

this philosophy from man’s reasoning.

Remember, God knows man—a thousand times better!–

than man knows man.

No man knows what another person will or will not do; but,

God does, because He is omniscient..

Recall the Words of Christ, Himself, in Matthew 7:14,

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which

leadeth unto life, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT

(i.e., perceive or obtain it).  Why is this so?  The answer

lies in man’s pride and self-

righteousness; therefore, they willfully reject the truth.

Notice Christ’s Words in Matthew 13:15,

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears

are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed…

(i.e., to the truth).  Compared to the multitudes who have

ever lived, only a few have been

saved from the time of creation until now.

At the time of the flood mankind had lived upon the earth

1656 years, and there were hundreds of thousands of

people living on the earth at the time of the

flood.  How many were saved at the time of the flood?

Only eight.  Those who decided not to board the

ark had heard the truth, as Noah preached for 120 years

prior to the flood judgment.  The Bible says,

He (Noah) was a preacher of righteousness” (2nd Peter 2:5).

What about Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar

(Genesis 14:2), which were all destroyed by God? (Genesis 19:24,25).

There were hundreds of thousands

of people in these cities, yet God could not even find ten that were saved.

Look at Pentecost, just 50 days after Christ was crucified and

resurrected.  We have the record of the first 40 of these 50

days after His resurrection in Acts 1:3,

To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by

many infallible proofs, being seen of

them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the

kingdom of God:”  “And that he was

buried, and that he rose again the third day according to

the scriptures: And that he was seen of

Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five

hundred brethren at once;

of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some

are fallen asleep” (1st Corinthians 15:4-6).

He then ascended back to Heaven ten days before

Pentecost (Acts 1:11).  Read 1st

Corinthians 15:3-8.  We learn, from Acts 2:8-11, of the

tremendous populace from all sects and areas

that had come to Jerusalem to worship at the feast of

Pentecost.  It is estimated that there could

have been over 300,000 in and around Jerusalem.

Remember, all Jewish males were required

by the Law to come to this feast (Deuteronomy 16:16;

Exodus 23:17).  In Acts 2:41 we are

told that only 3,000 out of approximately 300,000 believed

and were saved.  That is only one

out of 100.  One must remember that many of these had

seen Christ crucified, with their own eyes,

and then observed Him alive after the resurrection

for a month and ten days (Acts 1:13).

Yet, only one out of every hundred would believe

and be saved.  On to Step 6.

Step 6: Consider America today…as compared to the

heathen.  First, let me re-emphasize a popular misconception.

“If all people hear the Gospel; that

Christ died, was buried and rose again to pay for their sins;

they will believe and receive His promise

of everlasting life” (John 3:16).  If that were true, then why

do Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons,

Christian Scientists, Catholicism, Hinduism,

Buddhism, etc. totally reject salvation as a free gift

without their own self-righteousness of good works

included?  All these have access to the truth,

through radio, television, and print, that a person is

only saved one way.  “For by grace are ye

saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it

is the gift (eternal life) of God, NOT

OF WORKS, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).  Yet, they totally reject the truth!

Just because people living in the jungles and bush

country have not advanced in the technology of agriculture,

medicine, sciences, etc., does not qualify

them as “heathen,” as we think.  Many of these tribes have

a higher value on life, marriage and the

family than America does.  It is estimated that 4,000 babies,

daily, are slaughtered by abortion in

America.  Lesbians and homosexuals have brainwashed

America to the point, most of the schools

are teaching our young people to accept this as an

“alternative” lifestyle instead of what God calls it,

“Plain, old perverted sin.”  Of all the missionary books I

have read, I do not recall any of the

missionaries encountering the problem of homosexuality

in the bush tribes.  Many of the so-called

“heathen” execute the death penalty for adultery

because of their values concerning the home and family.

Look at America!  We even have our pulpits being

saturated with homosexual and lesbian so-called

preachers, with a Bible ON the pulpit in which they do

not believe.  Some of the peoples and tribes we call “heathen”

are more civilized than our so-called

educated people in America, including our Supreme Court!

Look at the educated fools (Psalm 14:1)

who saturate our grade schools, and colleges with their

agnostic and atheistic ideologies of false

science (evolution–1st Timothy 6:20).  All of these

are born with a knowledge there is a God

Who created them.  All have access to God’s Word, the Bible.

All can observe the evidences of God, their

Creator, in Astronomy, Botany, true Science, the wonder

of living creatures–yet, deny the truth.

The leads us to Step 7, the conclusion.

Step 7:  In conclusion, I want to address those of you who

seem so concerned about those who have never heard the

Gospel and are going to spend eternity in Hell.

Consider the following:

  1. You are not God, therefore you do not possess the attributes God possesses.  You and I do not possess foreknowledge; i.e., God knows everything.  He knows what you are going to think before you ever think it.  Foreknowledge contains only one element–God knows everything that is going to happen before it happens.  He knows the things that would have happened, if the things that did happen, hadn’t happened!  Since you are not God and do not know all things as God does, then I would suggest that you quit trying to play God, second-guessing God, and questioning God’s love for His creation.

  2. One must remember that unsaved parents and religion are opposed to the Gospel.  This is why generation after generation will spend eternity in Hell.  The children believe their unsaved parents instead of opening the Bible for the truth.  Remember, the children grow up and as teen-agers, then adults, they have the same enlightenment from God as everyone else.  Recall Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”  This is the external cosmology and that of nature, also.  The internal evidence is stated in Verse 19, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them..

    When God created man with a mind to think and reason with, it contained the knowledge that God was the Creator of everything, including themselves as mankind.  The God of Creation had His Word written in the Bible, which will always point us to Jesus Christ for salvation (Acts 4:12).  This is Christianity.  Christ dying and being resurrected in payment for the sins of the world; therefore, eternal life is available to anyone as a free gift only (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8,9).

    Religion, whether Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Islam, World-Wide Church of God (Armstrongism), Unitarianism, Scientology, and on and on, is always characterized by man, through his own achievement, trying to reach up to God or become his own god.  How often, when witnessing, have you had a Roman Catholic tell you, “I was raised a Catholic and I will die a Catholic!”  Their children were taught the same as they were taught; and, on it goes, from generation to generation.  You have the same process in tribal peoples, whether in Africa, New Guinea, Ecuador, etc.  I have witnessed to an innumerable amount of Lutherans and Catholics and found families going back to a great-great-great-grandmother, all united in believing that infant baptism provides salvation for their children.  This philosophy, or heresy, was passed down to great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, then son or daughter.  I cannot recall how many times I have had a Lutheran or Catholic tell me that his or her mother had them baptized as a baby, and they were “all right”!  How sad; but, this is religion and not Christianity.  I have related to them that nowhere does the Bible say that babies are to be baptized.  Rather, when you reach the age of understanding right from wrong, you must trust Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior.  They wanted nothing to do with it at all.

  3. Now, the good news!  Once in a while, you will find a person who does not bow to family peer pressure and exercises his own thinking.  I have led Catholics, Lutherans, Jehovah’s Witnesses and others to Jesus Christ because they had a desire to know the truth.  Remember this, the same truth (John 14:6) that one member of a family accepted, is available to every member of that family, going back hundreds of years.  Why only one or two who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, out of hundreds in their family tree over myriads of years?  The answer lies in a person’s free will and personal responsibility.  May I call your attention again to God’s disclosure of the case in Matthew 13:15, “For this peoples heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed…”  Personally, I would rather deal with someone who has never been to church, than a person raised in a religion which has “brainwashed” them with their philosophical ideologies and traditions rather than the Word of God.

    Taking into consideration God’s attributes of foreknowledge, omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, you can rest assured of these two things:

  1. God knows who will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior when they hear the truth, because of His foreknowledge and omniscience.

  2. With His attributes of omnisapience and omnipotence, God is able to get the message to the person who has a desire to know the truth, and will accept it when they receive it.

There are many generation of people, for hundreds of years, whom God knew would reject Jesus Christ as their Savior–if they had the truth.  They have already rejected the knowledge of God they were born with, along with the external evidence of creation and cosmology (Romans 1:19-23; Isaiah 45:6).  This is evidenced by the Amorites in Canaan who, as God describes in Romans 1:22,23, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image (Deuteronomy 4:15-19) made like unto corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts and creeping things.”  Yet, God waited 400 years and not one, except Rahab, had a desire to know the true and living God!

  1. Man’s unbelief.  I have found that many of those who seem so concerned about people thousands of miles away, do not witness for Christ in their own town.  Why?  If you are a Christian, explain to me why you are so interested in someone going to Hell ten thousand miles away from you, and not interested in someone going to Hell ten blocks away from you in your own town.

    Consider this.  You may not be a Christian, just a skeptic trying to blame God out of your own ignorance for something to justify your own unbelief. Those that blame God for the so-called heathen going to Hell, evidently know nothing of the God and the Christ of the Bible.  If you are in this category, this what you do not believe about God and why your mind is in the dilemma it is in.

  1. God is Love – John 3:16-18; 2nd Peter 3:9; Romans 5:8,9

  2. God is Omniscient (all-knowing) – 1st John 3:20; Psalm 94:11; 1st Kings 8:39; Hebrews 4:13

  3. God is Omnisapient (all-wisdom) – Romans 11:33; 1st Corinthians 2:4

  4. God is Omnipotent (all-powerful) – Revelation 19:6; Matthew 19:26; Genesis 18:14a

  5. God is Longsuffering -2nd Peter 3:9; Exodus 34:6; 1st Peter 3:20

  6. God is Just – Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 45:21

  7. God is Righteous – He will never allow the unbeliever to enter Heaven; nor will He permit the believer to enter Hell – John 3:36; John 5:24

The problem with skeptics and their view of the so-called

heathen is, they attempt to reduce the Infinite

God to their own finite thinking.

Man cannot look into the mind of another man

and know what he is thinking now, or

what his mind will accept or reject in the future.  Only God knows this.

Skeptics need to believe God when He said He loved

the world (John 3:16) and is longsuffering and not willing

any should perish (2nd Peter 3:9).

Believe God, that He knows who will believe; and will act upon their

desire to know; and get them the truth.  Remember the Ethiopian eunuch and Cornelius.

Remember, there are hundreds of thousands of people

in false religions who will not

accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.  I am now talking

about America!  Go into a small

town with one Catholic church, two Lutheran churches,

and a Methodist churches and

start witnessing.  I did this one day and, after talking

with about 120 persons, could not

find one that knew they had eternal life because

of trusting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

Not one!  When you that doubt God, start believing

God; then, you will have

the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall

keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

(Philippians 4:7).

I was talking to a man, some time back, and he had the

same question we have been discussing here.

My question to him was, “Since he was

so concerned about tribes in New Guinea, why didn’t

he go to a Bible college, learn the

Word of God, learn their language, and go there as a missionary?”

His mouth dropped

down to about his knees!

May I say this in closing?  Never doubt God’s love as He loves

His creation more than any human being loves another.

It only angers God when

someone, because of their own ignorance, accuses

Him of being unjust.

God warns such persons in Isaiah 45:9,

Woe unto him that striveth with his maker…

Maybe you have doubts because you are not saved and

cannot see things through the eyes of

God, as revealed in His Word.  1st Corinthians 2:14 lets us know,

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:

for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,

because they are spiritually discerned.

Except a man be born again, he cannot see…

(John 3:3).

If you are not absolutely sure you are going to Heaven

when you die–you probably are not!  Right now….put your trust in Jesus Christ as your

Savior and have the peace of knowing you have eternal life.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:

and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;

but the wrath of God abideth on him

(John 3:36).  Also read 1st John 5:13.

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