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Sunday, July 8 2012
The Only Place That Denies God's Existence
The mind of humans, some humans, is the only place in the universe where doubt or denial of God happens. Even mindless, non-living objects, by their very existence and unfailing (and unfailable) obedience to the laws of "nature" (which actually means the "essential qualities or characteristics of any living or inanimate object" that were the essence of Creation, not a rebellious "nature" that it has taken on for itself) proclaim God's existence.
"148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created." (Psalm 148:1-5 KJV)
"Dumb" animals don't deny God's existence.
"12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." (Job 12:7-10 KJV)
Demons aren't atheists or agnostics.
"2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19 KJV)
Satan isn't an atheist or an agnostic either. Satan knows without any doubt what-so-ever that God exists. Satan (which means accuser) knows that he was created by God, by the name of Lucifer (which means light bringer), as righteous and free to choose to remain wise, or to become very foolish. He chose wrong, which led to his doing wrong. Satan's rebellion against God happened when his God-given wisdom had degenerated into arrogance.
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
The Denial Of God's Existence Happens Only In The Minds Of Humans
The lamentation to the king of Tyre is dual; no king of Tyre was ever a cherub in Eden. It describes an arrogant man, but it also describes arrogant Satan who decided to ignore his Creator.
"28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him,
When Satan incited the first humans to continue his rebellion, he did so by encouraging them to ignore God - who Satan said existed! He appealed to their vanity to make themselves equal or above God, to live their lives as though God didn't exist. But notice that the first sinners weren't atheists - they were rebels driven by vanity and covetousness for one's self ("it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired"). Atheism came later when human vanity degenerated further into human arrogance. That's the reason that the Word of God places such emphasis on humility - not meaning for humans to make themselves low, but to not make themselves bigger than they are.
"3:1 Now the serpent [see also Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
God's church (which literally means God's people) are to love everyone, and to welcome everyone, who have chosen to repent and believe in God - even when they're struggling to free themselves of that spirit of doubt and denial. We are however admonished to not allow anyone's unbelief to influence us to return to the dead-end unbelieving world that we've left behind. The Bible word for "church" literally means called out ones, so that, according to God's Promise, "ye shall be My sons and daughters." "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?" isn't meant to leave anyone behind - it's meant as an encouragement for everyone to become a true believer, and for them to leave their self-destructive unbelief behind, for "what communion hath light with darkness?"
"6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
This Day In History, July 8
1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), 15,000 starving Church of Rome soldiers marched in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders looked on (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1249: Alexander II, king of Scotland 1214-1249, died at age 51. He maintained peace with England and greatly strengthened the Scottish monarchy.
1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama departed on the first direct European voyage to India.
1608: The first French settlement at Quebec was established by Samuel de Champlain.
1652: The First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1654) began.
1663: King Charles II of England granted a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship to Rhode Island.
1709: Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire.
1714: The government of Queen Anne offered a 20,000 pound reward for anyone who produced a chronometer that was capable of determining longitude at sea to within thirty miles after a 6 week voyage. A Yorkshireman, John Harrison, produced a highly accurate device in 1759, which was tested and proven 2 years later.
1730: An estimated 8.7 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that damaged more than 1,000 kiliometers (620 miles) of Chile's coastline.
1755: Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France over their dispute about territorial claims in the New World.
1815: King Louis XVIII returned to Paris after the defeat of Napoleon.
1835: The Liberty Bell cracked (again, as it repeatedly did, despite efforts at repair and recasting over decades). The first crack occurred in March 1753 when the brand-new bell was tested in Philadelphia upon delivery from its manufacturer in London. The bell was ordered for use in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly (now known as Independence Hall) before the revolution of the English-established colonies of New England. The English named it the "Liberty" bell because of the partial quote of Leviticus 25:10 on the bell, "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The full Scripture, that is, what is actually written and intended in the Word of God, refers to the regular jubilee year in the united kingdom of Israel:
"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."
1889: The Wall Street Journal began publishing.
1892: St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
1896: Sir Wilfred Laurier became the first French-Canadian Prime Minister.
1937: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan signed the Treaty of Saadabad.
1947: News reports were broadcast that a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
1974: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered President Richard Nixon to hand over the tapes to Watergate criminal investigators.
1975: An earthquake damaged over 2,000 temples in Pagan, Burma. A 20-foot-high seated Buddha was decapitated.
1997: In Madrid, NATO leaders agreed to allow Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - 3 former "Warsaw Pact" nations - into membership.