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Sunday Dialogue: Is God really dead?

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If you are a Christian, the answer is definitely, “No!” But if you are an atheist, you answer would be, “Yes!”

If you are somewhere in between, you might be honest enough to say, “I don’t know!”

Those who live Godly lives and have been awaiting a reward for that life, might, say, “I hope not!”

Those who are living lives of evil and debauchery are probably saying, “Lord, I hope so!”

Ever notice how often people are saying, “Oh, My God?” These days with just about anything and are texting, “OMG.” Yet, they do not claim to believe in Him? Some people shove God so far out of their lives and then when they are in desperate “need,” they try God as a benefactor to work miracles; and they are disillusioned when they cannot find Him?”

On April 9, 1966, the Times Magazine published an article that started a lot of hubbub all across the nation and it opened with this paragraph.

Is God dead? It is a question that tantalizes both believers, who perhaps secretly fear that he is, and atheists, who possibly suspect that the answer is no.”

This reminds me of the little boy who had a ball game and was praying that it did not rain; while the farmer with the parched fields was praying that it would.

To some people, God is so very real in their own lives, and for others they pray daily that there is no God. Why?

Throughout time and the world, there has always been a deep inner spirit within the mind of man realizing that there had to be something bigger and larger than themselves.

And then along came scientists who felt as powerful as God with each new discovery that they made forgetting that they could only discover that which God has already made. They could not make or create anything without the things that God had already made.

Romans 1:18 - 20 had jump-start on this situation.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.…

Sad to say, that to some people, “Yes, God is dead!” He is dead because they killed Him in their lives, minds, and spirits.

The peculiar thing about atheists (who are a religion in and of themselves), are not only adamant about destroying something they do not believe exists – but they do not want others to believe either.

You cannot serve two masters, for you will either love the one or hate the other.

In order for them to utterly destroy God, they would have to kill every person on the face of the earth, dig up those who have already died, and destroy them all over again. For, we are made in the image of God. When we are born, God is already living within us. He is not just out there somewhere.

What atheists do not understand is that to kill God is to kill themselves. There is just no getting around it; both literally and figuratively.

Because there is both good and evil in the world, this debate will go on as long as the earth stands – for there are those who are not content unless they are destroying; and there are those who are not content unless they are building up.

For the atheist out there – name one thing on this earth that was created by man alone. ONE.

Alfred Burt wrote a Christmas hymn that brings the notion that while Jesus was born the Son of God; he envisioned that children would see Him through different eyes.

Some children see Him lily white, The baby Jesus born this night
Some children see Him bronzed and brown, The Lord of heav'n to earth come down.
Some children see Him almond-eyed, This Savior whom we kneel beside.
Some children see Him dark as they, Sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray.
The children in each different place Will see the baby Jesus' face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace. Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace.

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We know that according to the Bible that Jesus was born a Jew and would have had the physical appearance of that race. But this little song does have merit in that we can also see God through our own eyes. And since it is impossible to describe God in a physical sense; we must rely on describing Him based on Who He Is.

A well known men’s organization espoused that God is who you think Him to be. Not so, God is Who He is!” God says to all mankind, I Am.

I AM THE GREAT I AM. He is saying in part, I am: Creator, sustainer, provider, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, immutable, incomprehensible, self-existent, self-sufficient, infinite, transcendent, sovereign, Holy, righteous, just, merciful, long-suffering, wise, loving kindness, good, wrathful, truthful, faithful, and JEALOUS. He says that He will not tolerate any other gods before HIM. This can be interpreted as individuals who claim to be a god; or anything that is put before and in place of God.

There is within us the inherent fact that from an early age, we know God. We know right from wrong; and we know that there is something much larger than ourselves. Some have said, “I will believe in God, when I see a real miracle!” Open your eyes, they happen every day.

The story is told of a group of men who ventured into the utmost part of the darkest jungle to investigate a tribe that had never before been seen by whites.

Upon arriving in the village, they saw in the middle of their compound a statue of an airplane. They worshiped this object as their God. They saw one flying overhead and knew that is was impossible for man to fly like that; so that must be God. Man has recognized their inabilities from the beginning of time.

The most primitive of all peoples, all across the world, knew in their hearts what men try to destroy today. Another song that strikes me as very telling of how some can see God is the song, “I Believe!”

"I Believe" is the name of a popular song written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman in 1953. Isn't it wonderful that God does not require that we believe in Him. He gives us the wonderful freedom to accept or deny Him - with consequences.

"I Believe"

I believe for every drop of rain that falls, A flower grows,
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, A candle glows,
I believe for everyone who goes astray, Someone will come to show the way, I believe, I believe.
I believe above the storm a smallest prayer, Will still be heard,
I believe that someone in the great somewhere, Hears every word,
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry, Or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
Then I know why, I believe.
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry, Or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
Then I know why, I believe.

These are but a couple of publicly known expressions of how and why some people believe – this is still a matter of the heart and the relationship between a creator and His creation. Since before the written word and until Christ returns, either individually for each of us, or until He comes back to redeem the whole world, there will be skeptics and those who deny both God and Christ.

There are trillions of people who have lived and died on this planet; and for them there is no longer any doubt – they know that there is a God.

Another hymn of the redeemed is “He Lives.” Christians just celebrated last Sunday the Resurrection of Jesus from the grave that gives us the hope that there is victory over death and that Jesus not only lives in another realm; but He also lives within our hearts.

I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

There once was a man who said, “What if I live a good life all of my life and don’t do the things I might liked to have done and then I die and find out there was nothing to it – what then. The answer was, “You will have had a good life.” Another time that question was asked, the reply was: But supposed you live a life without Christ and then you die and find out there is? “

There is a new movie out that gets rave reviews from those who have a relationship with God and has no doubts; but has been attacked by those who wish to destroy anything remotely inspirational, uplifting, and encouraging. Below are some of the comments gleaned from Facebook about this movie. “God’s NOT Dead!”

“That was the best movie”

“Saw it last night ... it was wonderful!!!

“Great movie !!!”

“I want to see that so bad!”

“If you want to see a film which exhibits Hollywood and stirs your discussion, go see Noah. If you want to see a film which exhibits hope and stirs your soul, go see God's Not Dead.”

"God's Not Dead" is awesome!

“When the video comes out, we are going to watch it as a family.”

“Heaven is for real!!” “And so is hell.”

This movie is still showing in over 1,600 theaters across the country. Check the official website for times and places.

Check them out on Facebook where 1.6 million people have “liked” and see the many other comments and additions. There are hundreds of thousands of comments. See the movie and judge for yourself.

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