I plan to add some commentary to this post at a later time, but thought that I would immediately share it here at Talk Wisdom so that readers can see the ridiculous nature of man's concept regarding the religion (after all...it is a belief...isn't it?) known as Atheism.
Update: Sometimes it pays to wait to complete a blog post. Note the two drastically different comments already posted.
Even better, see Protein Wisdom's latest post!
In case you missed my previous post, please see The Christian Concept Of Servant Hood where there is an interesting discussion going on in the comment section. This current post is actually a continuation of what my friend Steve said there:
"I think GM's comment was well thought out and typical of someone who has a problem accepting the thought that there is something smarter and much more powerful than men, but that's understandable."The atheism description above reiterate's Steve's point that atheists/agnostics/skeptics often have "a problem accepting the thought that there is something smarter and much more powerful than men."
Several days ago, I was reading Dr. David Jeremiah's September issue of Turning Points. Within the commentary about "What's Controlling You?", was the following information:
The Greatest Natural StrengthLet's hold up there for a moment.
Think about how important "control" is. I don't mean the negative dimension of being a controlling person, I mean self-control--the ability to resist impulses and temptations and accomplish only those things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). It's no wonder that Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney, in their new book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, cite research indicating that "most major problems, personal and social, center on failure of self-control: compulsive spending and borrowing, impulsive violence, underachievement in school, procrastination at work, alcohol and drug abuse, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, chronic anxiety, explosive anger. [Note from Christine - Hey! That sounds like much of what the Democratic National Committee and their zombie members follow in their platform!!] Poor self-control correlates with just about every kind of individual trauma: losing friends, being fired, getting divorced, winding up in prison." 1
So why don't we just exercise more restraint and develop greater self-control? It's obviously not that easy because there are many other powers at work in the world that seek to control, or at least strongly influence, our thinking and thus our behavior. The media seeks to shape our opinions and thus our behavior. Substances can gain control of our mind and behavior through addiction and altering of our physiology. Controlling and devious people seek to influence the thinking and behavior of the naive, immature, and the uninformed. [Christine: Democrats!!] Political platforms seek to control how we vote. [Time out for a moment. Need a glaring example of lies, half truths, misinformation and seeking to control how people vote? See the following blog post about Clinton's speech last night!
Mr. Bill: 'Who You Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes'?
When a bull or a bucking bronc rider at a rodeo gets thrown from the saddle, out comes the rodeo clown to distract both the animal and the audience while the fallen rider is pulled to safety. Bill Clinton's speech last night was something like that. More ]
Back to the article.
Philosophical worldviews seek to change how we view the world. And most important, our fallen human nature has powerful desires of its own that lead us toward ungodliness. [Christine: Atheism is just one example!]
IF IT IS POSSIBLE NOT TO BE CONTROLLED BY ANYONE OR ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD, WHAT IS THE SECRET?
Any of these controlling powers that do not influence us in the direction of Christ-likeness and the values of the kingdom of God are from one and the same source: Satan. "The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one" (1 John 5:19b). Satan knows that if he can influence and ultimately control the thinking of any human being, he can keep that person from ever displaying the image of God on earth through a life of peace, joy, and fellowship with the Creator-God of Scripture.
With all of the turmoil going on in the world today, how is it possible to still have a life of peace and joy? The answer is through fellowship with the Creator-God of Scripture. Countless times, we have seen brave people who have lost almost every material thing they owned through fire, hurricanes, and/or floods but still have the grateful spirit to God for keeping them safe and saving their loved ones.
Even those who lost family members and friends on 9/11 still remain faithful to God because of Christ's promises.
We all lose loved ones. Everyone dies a physical death. It is only a matter of when. Those who live by faith and not by sight are blessed by the God of the Bible because even though they may not have seen or touched the wounds of Christ (like doubting Thomas did), they STILL BELIEVE. Jesus said of Thomas, "you believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe."
Back to the Turning Point article:
Researchers like Baumeister and Tierney do us a favor by pointing out how powerful and critical self-control is. But here's the problem from a biblical point of view: If the lack of self-control is due to fallen (sinful) human nature, won't it take something stronger than fallen human nature to fix it?
THE GREATER SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH
The apostle James gives us the anatomy of sin--the life cycle of sin, if you will: "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by '; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed" (James 1:13-14).
What is the first step? It is being "drawn away...and enticed," either by our "own desires"--the desires of our flesh--or by influences of other controlling powers around us. What we need is a power greater than the power of our flesh or the power of Satan who uses the systems of this world to entice us away from God. And clearly, Christians have such a power:
* Romans 6:14: "For sin shall not have dominion [power] over you, for you are not under law but under grace."
* 1 Corinthians 6:12: "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." When Paul says"all things are lawful," he clearly does not include things that are sinful. Rather, he means choices that are not sinful but are still not wise, choices that represent the good or better in life but not the best. Our goal in life should be to live exactly as Christ lived--doing only what the Father led Him to do (John 5:19, 6:38; 8:28, 12:49).
Tall order...isn't it? However, it is a description of the sanctification process (which lasts our entire lives) that we go through to continue to grow and become more Christ-like each day.
If it is possible not to be controlled by anyone or anything in this world, what is the secret? How do we remain close to our Commander, giving up our personal desires and control into His leading so as to live a "defended" life, protected from the powers seeking to control us?
The answer is clear: the power of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is...self-control." Note: Self-control is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, not the fruit of our intelligence, our willpower, our resolve, our determination, or our strength. Yes, those play a part--the Holy Spirit strengthens and empowers our intelligence, willpower, resolve, determination, and strength. But the power comes from Him, not us!
So how do we stay empowered by the Spirit?
*First, if you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit dwells in you (Acts 2:38).
*Second, don't grieve (Ephesians 4:30) or quench (1 Thessalonians 5:19) the Spirit by disobeying or resisting the will of God.
* Third, confess your sins as soon as you are aware of them (1 John 1:9).
* Finally, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh with His presence--the very power and purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:18).
In Master and Commander (the movie), from the cabin boy to the first mate, all aboard the HMS Surprise followed the lead of their captain. In the movie, the captain was referred to as "Lucky Jack," but in reality he was the master of that ship not because he was lucky--he was the master because he had the knowledge and wisdom to be in command. For us as Christians, we don't live by luck either. If you remain empowered by the Spirit, giving mastery to our Lord and Savior, He will protect and guide you. You will be under the control of no one and nothing except the Lord Jesus Christ, your true Master and Commander.
Hat tip: Turning Points Magazine and Devotional, September 2012, pp. 17-19.
1 Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (New York: The Penguin Press, 2011), 2.