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The Nihilist, The Atheist, and The Christian


I am sure that everyone has been paying attention to the shooting in Arizona.  Jarod Loughner, went to an event hosted by Representative Giffords.  9 people died, including a 9 year old child.  There is news out now that Loughner is a nihilist.  Now I have heard of nihilism before from movies, or jokes but was never sure as to what it actually was.  Today being a snow day here in Kansas City…I figured I would take a look.

I did a Google search on the word nihilism and landed on an Encyclopedia article which talks about nihilism.  Here are a couple of excerpts:

“While nihilism is often discussed in terms of extreme skepticism and relativism, for most of the 20th century it has been associated with the belief that life is meaningless. Existential nihilism begins with the notion that the world is without meaning or purpose. Given this circumstance, existence itself–all action, suffering, and feeling–is ultimately senseless and empty.”

“In his study of meaninglessness, Donald Crosby writes that the source of modern nihilism paradoxically stems from a commitment to honest intellectual openness. “Once set in motion, the process of questioning could come to but one end, the erosion of conviction and certitude and collapse into despair” (The Specter of the Absurd, 1988).”

It would appear that nihilism is the conclusion to atheism.  Everywhere I go atheists are always talking about one thing…skepticism.  Atheists are always talking about a lack of evidence for God.  At some point they must come to a conclusion.  If they conclude that there is in fact no God, there is only one logical conclusion…life is meaningless, there is no purpose, and that it all is senseless and empty. 

If in fact this is the conclusion that one draws;  life, your actions, your family, everything has no meaning.  There are no moral rules.  Nothing to govern you or society.  Nothing that would prevent you from gunning down 9 people because there are no consequences.  If that seems a little harsh then I would advise that you think this all the way to conclusion.  The thought process for a nihilist would be as follows: “I question the existence of God.  There is not enough evidence to demonstrate that he exists (atheism).  Well if God doesn’t exist, and there is no afterlife, then what is the point.  Life is meaningless, my actions are meaningless.  Why bother with anything (nihilism).”  Here I would agree with Donald Crosby in the quote above when he says that this belief, or this thought process can only lead to depression and despair.

With all of that said…

God exists.  The primary evidence for Gods existence is his creation (Romans 1:20).  God loves you.  If you are sitting in despair or are thinking that life has no meaning…think about this, God sacrificed his son for YOU! (John 3:16).  He sacrificed his son for those who continue to deny his existence.  Who continue to deny the existence of his son.  How powerful is this love?  So powerful that God will forgive ALL of the things that you have done, and will do.  That is so important that it should be said again…  God loves you so much, that despite denying his existence, that he will forgive you for everything that you have done.  Call on God, ask for his forgiveness, accept Christ as your savior in your heart and you can inherit the Kingdom!  You should know that you are not meaningless in God’s eyes (Matthew 6:25-33).   Each one of us is precious to God.  He knows you.  I am not meaning the proverbial you as in everyone…HE KNOWS YOU! (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:16).  This is the good news that Christian’s talk about!

Do not despair!  The God of the universe knows your name, and loves you unconditionally!

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The seperation of God…and nothing


What would you say if I told you that God is with us all of the time?  “Yeah Robert, I know God is with us all of the time.”  I understand the feeling that you have right now.  You know that God is with you all of the time.  But do you know that God is with us ALL of the time?  By now you are probably trying to figure out what I mean.  I mean that God is literally with us ALL of the time.  He is with you while you are at home, and while you are at church.  But did you know he is with you while you were at work?  Did you know he is with you while you are out running around with friends?  While you are at school?  While you are playing sports?  Playing video games online?  While you are on facebook, or myspace?  Our God is not a part time God.  He doesn’t work on Sunday, and then phone it in Monday through Saturday.  Unfortunately many “Christians” do this not realizing that God is always present, even if they want to pretend he is not.

Our society is bent on separating God from many aspects of our everyday life.  So far Sunday remains relatively unscathed, but Monday through Saturday is under fire.  The amazing thing is that many of us (who know that God is with us all of the time) not only act like he is not with us all of the time but also perpetuate the knowledge that God doesn’t belong somewhere.  What do I mean?  Have you ever heard someone say that God doesn’t belong in the work place?  Ever been a part of a policy that punishes those who are open about their faith?  Have you ever voted for someone who said that they will not go to the capital based on their own religious views, even though they are a “Christian”?  These are the same people who will vote for laws that edge God out. 

So where does God belong?  If you are in line with society, then:  He doesn’t belong in school…  He doesn’t belong in government…  He doesn’t belong at work…  He doesn’t belong in social commentary…   He doesn’t belong in holidays…  As a matter of fact there was news just recently from Davenport, IA, where folks want to rename Good Friday to “Spring Holiday”.  But what if I were to say that God, no matter how hard you try, is with you during all of those times.  Whether you acknowledge it or not God is always with you.  This concept is known as Omnipresence.

Psalms 139

The case for God’s Omnipresence begins in Psalms 139.  If you were to read Psalms 139 from beginning to end you would notice three distinct sections. The two relevant sections are V. 1-6 and then V. 7-12.  Let’s look at V. 1-6.  Here David is talking to God and saying, with reverence, how God knows everything he does.  David here describes a number of scenarios that are seemingly ordinary – Things that every person will do.  David proclaims that God knows him when he sits, when he stands.  God knows his thoughts, is familiar with all of his ways, God even knows a word before it even hits David’s tongue.  David finally says in V 6.  That such knowledge is too much for him to attain.  Here is an easy way to look at this: in V 1-6 David describes how completely God knows him.  He knows everything about David. His thoughts, his actions, even his words before they are spoken.   Then comes the reckoning: v. 7-12 describe David’s conclusion from v. 1-6.  What is David’s conclusion? Since God knows everything, there is no place he can hide.  Look at v. 7.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

David confirms God knows everything (i.e. God is Omniscient), and the reason He is Omniscient is because GOD IS EVERYWHERE – at all places at all times!  Because God knows everything He is everywhere, and because He is everywhere He knows everything.  This should give you an awesome insight into the perfect nature of God.  One facet of God cannot exist without the other.  God cannot be omniscient without being omnipresent, and vice versa.

In order to validate the omnipresence of God we can look at a couple of real life scenarios in the Bible where God’s omnipresence was a determining factor in the outcome of events.

Let’s start with Jonah.  Everyone has more than likely heard what happened to Jonah.  He is the guy who found himself in the belly of a fish.  Have you ever wondered why?  God came to Jonah and asked him to go preach in a city called Nineveh (Jonah 1:1).  Jonah declined.  As a matter of fact, not only did he decline, and he RAN! (Jonah 1:3).  Why? It turns out that Jonah did not want to preach at Nineveh.  He knew that if he did, and they repented, God would spare them, and he didn’t want that.  So Jonah split – God said go East… and….Jonah went West.  God had none of it.  Jonah ran, got onto a boat and tried to get away from God.  God’s actions demonstrate that it is impossible to hide from God (Jonah 1:4-17). 

Next Go to Jeremiah 23:23-24.  In this part of Jeremiah the subject matter is lying prophets.  Verse 23 being the set up verse for the hammer in verse 24:

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.(NIV)

This message in Jeremiah is the same message as Psalm 139, and the same message as in Jonah: God is EVERYWHERE – ALL THE TIME… There is no getting away from that fact. 

The separation of church and state has been so warped and misconstrued that it has permeated ALL aspects of life.  The basic premise behind that statement is that God does not belong.  Nothing is further from the truth.  No matter what you have been taught, or what any person tells you, God is WITH you ALL of the time.  You are on the hook for what you do ALL of the time.   So, the next time you find yourself thinking that you have to leave God on your counter, or someone is telling you that God doesn’t belong here who are you going to believe that person, or the Word of God?  Remember…God is always with you.  There is no place you can go, that He is not… What’s more – He BELONGS there!

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