|I imagine God shed a few |
tears seeing this created
The website talks about parents of atheist children being afraid of Hell and Damnation for their children. While I think this is correct, to a certain degree, I do not agree that it is fear that drives faith, neither does Dr. Taylor. While I do worry for children that turn away from God, it's not because I am afraid of what God is going to do to them. I am afraid for all of the Joy they do not know, and the love they have given up. God loves each and every one of us so much, that he gave us a free spirit to express our beliefs in ways that make Him proud. I know the joy of parenthood, and each child of God, when created, probably brought Him joy unlike any I've ever experienced. For each child that turns away from Him, I imagine the amount of sorrow He experiences would be enough to crush a human soul. If my child were to ever turn away from me, no longer trusting in or believing in me, I would be devastated. Stories abound in the bible of those who turned away from God. And, in the end, some became believers, and others lived an incomplete and unfulfilled life.
I don't know what will become of the atheist movement in this country. I hope that as believers, we can help to direct the unfaithful back into a life of His servitude, but some are so convinced of a reality without Him, they cling to that reality vehemently. While I don't think Christians should bear to hear the name of God blasphemed, I also don't think we can simply respond in kind with angry words and harsh retorts. If we really want the atheist community to understand the grace of God, we have to love them. Hard, and completely. We have to show them why we love God so much, because he loves us so much. He still loves them too. It's like a bumper sticker I once saw, "God loves you, whether you like it or not."
So, God Bless the atheists. May the strongest non-believers find their way home, for once they do, they too can help others to understand the glory of Our Father. Amen.