Atheists and Christians Mock God

A reader recently commented about PZMyers, “godless liberal” and host of the pharyngula blog, who has come under fire for desecrating a communion wafer as well as other provocative antics against relics of other religions.  Apparently, he has been the subject of hate mail and attempts to get him fired because of his actions.  There indeed has been quite a reaction against him.  Of course, I believe that he knew what he did would be quite provocative and, like a madman, has done the equivalent of slapping a pitbull and taking its doggie bone.  But I have no desire to become part of the fight and that discussion.

 

Quite the contrary.  Reading about the whole sad affair has caused me to think some more about both Atheists and Christians.  What I would like to do here is look a little bit at the mockery of God.  We have seen over and over again how a particular person, group or institution has attacked Christianity or mocked God to the dismay of Christians.  Over the last twenty years, there seems to be even increased and bolder affronts to Christianity and the subsequent increased mockery of God.  A lot can and has been written and discussed about those insults.  With every event, Christians seem to grow more and more angry and ever increasingly agitated.  And for good reason!  However, shouldn’t such actions of atheists and non-Christians not really be surprising?  Shouldn’t we expect that?  Isn’t that the sort of thing Jesus was referring to when He said, “All men will hate you because of me…?” (Matthew 10:22 NIV). 

What really should surprise us and cause us anger and concern is the way that we Christians mock God.  Don’t we often make a mockery out of God, albeit in more subtle ways?  We mock God when we pretend to be Godly on Sunday and during the week we are far from it.  We mock God when we misuse His word to promote our own personal agendas.  We mock God when we seek the advice of Oprah and others before even praying to Him.  We mock God when we parrot words preached to us yet have no real understanding of what we’re saying.  We mock God when we live hypocritical lives that cause others to refuse to want to find out who Jesus is and what He did.  We mock God when we fight and argue against each other inside and outside the four walls of the church often resulting in a church split.  We mock God when we sell and market Christianity as a business, and materialize Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.  We should be careful to evaluate our lives so as to not hear, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”

Yes, we are human.  Yes, we sin.  I’m not expecting any of us to be perfect.  What I question, though, is this:  Shouldn’t we be as angry or angrier at the mocking of God by Christians as opposed to atheists or other God-mockers?  Where is the demand that Christians stop mocking God?  Where is the insistence from Christians that hypocritical Christians stop what they are doing?  Where is the disappointment among Christians against our own mockery of God?  Should we not be more ashamed?

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4 responses to “Atheists and Christians Mock God

  1. I could not agree with you more. It is high time for those who claim they are “the church” to receive this wake-up call. WWJD has become a popular slogan. But are we truly studying what he did and seek to imitate that ourselves? What Jesus taught and some of the most popular teachings in “Christianity” today quite sharply contradict each other. James 1:27 says that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” How sharply this contrasts the teachings today– the emphasis placed on giving (to the Church) to receive more, the megachurches being built when there are needs out there that we “Christians” should be meeting. Do we sacrifice to help others, or do we sacrifice a little expecting that we will in return receive an earthly reward? When Jesus was on Earth, the Scriptures he taught from are what we now call the Old Testament. We have largely overlooked the examples given in the Old Testament that are there for us to learn from. There are so many examples in the Old Tesament of godly men who pleased God, but did not receive what was promised them, “they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.” Of these examples of those who lived by faith the Bible says that some “were tortured” ,”some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned, they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They were destitute, persecuted and mistreated–the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commneded for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” (Hebrews 11:1-39.) We have sadly gone the way of humanism and it seems to be all about us and Our success on earth, when this is the opposite of what Jesus taught. Jesus says in John 13:13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater that his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” Read Luke 21: 8-36 to find what Jesus says will happen to His followers here on earth. Sadly, those who are not reading the Word for themselves and only listen to the common themes being taught in churches today will be completely unprepared as these things begin to take place around us. Is Jesus really being preached at your church? I strongly encourage you to open your Bible and find out. Afterall, we each have to answer for ourselves. There can be no blame placed on anyone else.

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    The above link is given only for the message by Paris Reidhead on this page, as I know nothing about this site or ministry.

  2. Those are great comments and thoughts, Shacar. Thanks for sharing them. I love the Old Testament and find so much application for us today. There are great stories and one thing that encourages me is the application I see that still works today. Though the names and places are different and the circumstances in their time and ours are different, human nature is still the same. And some of the same characteristics that drove people to act, say and do what they did then are the very same today. I also think there are lots of symbolic things in the OT that find fulfillment or a parallel meaning/application in the New Testament. Thanks for the link, too.

  3. hmm.. thank you very much. usefull information

  4. To God be the glory. Amen A life changing message. Thanks

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