In searching for truth, one is obligated to do the following: to think, to respect evidence, to accept what evidence says or implies, no matter how it contradicts one’s belief. For one’s need to believe or not, there are these corresponding obligations. That means non-thinkers are not excused from simply labelling one thing or the other – an easy way out for refusing to use one’s brain.
Lazy non-thinkers are fast in labelling things they do not understand as fiction. The Bible is fiction to atheists. But what does the Bible say?
The words of God in the Bible are words of truth.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
The sum of His words is the truth.
REVISED STANDARD VERSION
The sum of thy word is truth; and every one of thy righteous ordinances endures forever.
The words of God are powerful that they sanctify a believer.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
In following God’s laws, a man can be made holy.
THE ROMANS 7:12
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Transgressing the commandments or disobeying God’s words produce sin and evil.
I JOHN 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The dictionary defines “fiction” as not real, but imaginary, theoretical, an invention. Calling the Bible fiction because it does not mean anything to someone, does not make it fiction – anymore than when a librarian places it in the Fiction counter. Some people label austere matters in the negative in their efforts to dismiss them as nonsense.
Here are some tweets as a response to my blogs on atheism –
To say the least that the Bible is a book of fiction is tantamount to saying that it is fiction to love a wife or a husband. Here are injunctions of the Bible –
EPHESIANS 5:25, 28
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
It will also be fiction to be faithful to a wife or a husband.
And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
At creation, God made in the beginning only one man to have only one wife to preserve a godly seed that will always obey the will of their Creator, teaching them not to deal treacherously with each other. This union He pronounced to be a life-long union.
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh
6 Therefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
THE ROMANS 7:2
For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
So, is being faithful to each other fiction?
Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Imagine the evil that would result in regarding these pronouncements as fiction!
Love your neighbor as yourself. Fiction?
Honor your father and your mother. Fiction?
Is this hearsay?
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
What about injunctions for keeping the environment safe when one responds to the call of nature? Fiction?
And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee: – fiction?
This commandment is an exact knowledge where modern communities got the idea of constructing septic tanks and proper sewage systems.
What about practicing a good conscience towards God and fellowman? Fiction?
THE ACTS 24:16
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.
Disregard all these words of God like the commandments, “thou shall not kill,” “thou shall not covet,” “thou shall not steal,” “thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour,” and many more, and it will make you an atheist over time. It will give you freedom to do all things contrary to these morals and goodness! This will result in evil everywhere; accidents will happen; violence will erupt like the BIG BAAAANNNNGGGG!
Who originated the idea that God does not exist?
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Every one of those who refuse to believe in the existence of God got that idea from their want of freedom to do evil! This is the same idea I read on buses in London.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/ni/2009/12/top_ten_religion_stories_of_th.html, 31 December 2009 –
Atheism on the buses. Ads reading “There’s probably no God” appeared on buses across the country after the Atheist Bus Campaign raised more than £140,000 to counter Christian advertisements on London buses. Christian campaigners complained, unsuccessfully, to the Advertising Standards Authority, and Ron Heather, a Christian bus driver in Southampton, refused to drive any bus bearing the ads.
More than all of these, God is a God of order.
I CORINTHIANS 14:33, 40
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
He set order and ordinance in the universe.
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Order can be observed within the unfathomable reaches of the universe!
Can order be attained in an accident like the big bang? Never!
Science and wisdom is inherent in nature. Man’s knowledge in science is a result of the discovery of such wisdom through systematic observation and experimentation. Time and again we are witnesses to the fact that mathematically and scientifically, an accepted truth in man’s limited knowledge in science may vary even to the point where one contention denies the other. No scientist with his understanding of the vastness of science will say that what he knows about everything that exists is complete enough to conclude that he is 100% right in every aspect. Only the atheists do this – in all their arrogance and careless ignorance!
True enough, the Bible tells us exactly so!
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
We may know a part of God’s work or an area in the vast domain of His power and wisdom but not all! It is a challenge written in the word of God which up to now is still stands uncontested! The truth is, no atheist can claim monopoly over science which is only a small fraction of God’s wisdom!
The problem with atheists is that they pride themselves as possessing some wisdom that others do not have.
I CORINTHIANS 3:18
Don’t deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise in the ways of this world, you should give up that wisdom in order to become really wise.
This is my advice to an atheist. May God bless you. Keep in touch for more to come.