February 21st – I Am An Unbeliever

I’ve decided to come clean and publicly confess that I am an unbeliever ! I have rejected the faith by which most of our culture lives. I don’t believe in good luck, lucky charms, horoscopes, star signs, nor in taking superstitious precautions such as touching wood, throwing salt, avoiding No.13, and not walking under ladders. I don’t believe in blind fate, reincarnation, transcendental meditation, eastern gurus, spiritists, nor in mediums, nor the National Lottery. I do not accept that the devil is a ‘dark god’ with power to create evil mayhem everywhere as he is depicted in so many Hollywood films. I do not believe he has such authority because, at worst, he can only work on corrupting what God created to be good and beautiful. As I said, I am an unbeliever!
I do not believe that good deeds put us right with God, nor that by being good and attending church I accumulate good marks which impress God. In fact, I don’t believe that anything I can achieve,can rescue me from my own ego, no matter how respectable, religious or moral I try to be. After all, self-made men always end up worshipping their creators, don’t they? (Think about it!)
I don’t believe that heaven is like earth, all over again, but with harps and clouds; nor do I believe that we get halos in heaven simply by the act of dropping dead! I don’t believe in a god who is an angry tyrant, a hanging judge, an efficiency expert, a vast senile granddad in a celestial rocking chair, nor in an impersonal humourless, uncaring life-force grinding eternally on and grinding exceedingly small. I do not believe either that everyone’s idea of God is just as valid as everyone else’s, any more than I believe that any old Joe Soap has the right to pontificate on brain surgery.
In short, I’m free from these man-made faiths, including especially the beloved old English folk culture which now and then condescendingly nods at God at occasional attendances at tribal ceremonials, such as weddings, christenings and funerals.
I do believe that God is like Jesus of Nazareth, and to experience the miracle of being in a personal relationship with Him is to be set free from the cultural prison cells of all the world’s DIY religions. Incidentally, I am not alone in this confession, because I’ve discovered that most truly committed Christians are at heart the most unbelieving folk in any town!
A prayer: Thank you Lord for the truth of Jesus, which sets us free. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. I John 5: 13John 5: 13
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. a multitude...: or, from the multitude that was  

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Now read: Romans 1: 18-37Romans 1: 18-37
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. in them: or, to them 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: so...: or, that they may be 21 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. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. more: or, rather 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; to retain: or, to acknowledge a reprobate...: or, a mind void of judgment or, an unapproving mind 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: without natural...: or unsociable 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. have...: or, consent with  

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and tremble!

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Stop trying to impress God with your integrity or with anything you think he will like. Nothing we can do can make us acceptable to God. He says,“Come home just as you are.” The door is unlocked.


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