Atheist – Humanist angry over the Biblical doctrine of faith and perceived unfairness with God’s forgiveness of sinners who repent as opposed to merit-based salvation. Let’s discuss that…
Atheist or Humanist, Benj Wachira, angrily stated: “The sickness with Christianity is that it’s all based on faith. What a weak God he is that his son cannot be proven beyond doubt. That even if you are a pure humanist not taking advantage of other people nor creating pain in their life you go to hell but a man who spends his life recklessly and killed and stole and created suffering but nearing his death said ‘Jesus is my lord’ finds the gates of heaven wide open. This is madness! It is a mental illness to hold dearly such notions.”
Response to Benj Wachira…
From The Beginning, God has demanded one standard for righteousness (a right standing) with Him i.e. “Faith.” From Enoch to Abraham to Moses to the Prophets to everyone born under the Covenant of Law and the Covenant of Grace…FAITH/Belief in God has been KEY to righteousness.
Because of mankind’s sin-nature inherited from our father, Adam, it is NOT possible that man can “work” and “earn” his own righteousness for we are under the curse of sin and death, but God the Father did not leave us in that hopeless condition but provided a way of escape from death in sin and Hell through Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:22).
Anyone who humbles them self and repents of their sin and believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay their sin-debt and that He was resurrected for their justification, that person so believing and confessing will be saved for Eternity, given a new life by the indwelling Holy Spirit, receive forgiveness of sin and enter into a relationship with God the Father through the Son, Jesus Christ, a relationship – a Covenant that is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Romans 10:8-10; Ephesians 1:13).
God’s standard of righteousness is PERFECTION; therefore, no one is guiltless before God because all have sinned (Romans 3:23). The humanist you speak of is a sinner irrespective of their philanthropy or good deeds and he/she is therefore prohibited from entering the Kingdom of God unless said humanist repents of their sin and trusts in Jesus as Lord, just as God the Father has commanded (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; John 14:6).
Death-bed confessions are rare and the fate of one who has lived a life in rebellion to God’s will and authority then finally comes to faith in Jesus before the point of death of the body; the authenticity of that faith is only truly known by God Himself who knows our heart, our thoughts, our motives…we will not deceive God the Father who is Omniscient (Psalm 139:2-4).
Rickey D. Holtsclaw