Atheist mocks God’s provision and the Christian Church; denies Church’ impact on the World. Let’s look at some facts…
Atheist, Mark D, in his fervent and faithful servitude to Satan, stated the following: “I asked a Christian poster this question: Name one social problem that the church has solved? He couldn’t name one, and neither can I. Billions of dollars flood into churches the world over for charitable purposes, yet not one social problem has ever been solved. A pastor is referred to as a man of God, and a church is called the House of the Lord, yet God does lift a finger to eliminate, hunger, poverty, homelessness, and so many other social ills that cause immense suffering. The Bible says that God so loved the world that He sacrificed His only son, Jesus, but God only knows why He hasn’t solved any social problems in the world that He claimed to care so much about. What say you?”
Response to the Atheist…
Part 1 – God’s provisional responsibility?
First of all, Mark, In the Beginning, our Creator entered into a Covenant of absolute provision and sustenance with our first father, Adam, and God provided every conceivable form of provision, pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, for both Adam and his wife, Eve. The only condition our Creator placed upon Adam for continued provision of sustenance was obedience to the edict to NOT compromise with evil. Unfortunately, having been seduced and deceived by the Atheists’ spiritual father, Satan, Eve opted to compromise with evil and seduced her husband, Adam, to do likewise; therefore, Adam fell under the Curse of banishment from Divine provision, separation from God, spiritual death and physiological death as the resultant of sin/disobedience.
It’s very “noble” of you Mark to pretend you have a sincere concern for your fellowman as you radically support an ideology of death i.e. Atheism-Naturalism-Moral Relativism promoting the Atheistic tenets of infanticide; death of the body and soul via participation in vile sexual perversion; advocacy for the horrors, suffering, death, of Leninism/Marxism.
Mark, where you fail in your Atheism, once again, is in your lack of knowledge concerning the Scriptures provided you by the Holy Spirit. It is the lack of spiritual knowledge that is directly attributable to the impotency of Atheism’s impact for good within our society and throughout the World as well as Atheism’s ultimate death of the body, mind and soul in Hell.
Mark, if you’re truly concerned about your fellowman, understand that God no longer assumes responsibility for provision and sustenance subsequent to Adam’s rejection of same through disobedience; therefore, IT IS YOU, MARK, THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN DOMINION AND RESPONSIBILITY to care and provide for your fellowman. Mankind demanded the right to live apart from God’s authority and provision; therefore, mankind is reaping what we have sown; therefore, it is incumbent upon the godless and rebellious Atheist to assume at least some responsibility for the World’s woes and GO…make an impact for good!
Mark, it is naive, it is obfuscation, it is hypocritical, of you, and every other godless Atheist who blames my Lord for the woes and suffering of this lost, dying, fallen-World consumed in sin and disobedience. IT IS YOU, MARK, that has the responsibility of feeding, clothing, housing, providing for those you claim are suffering from “hunger, poverty, homelessness, and so many other social ills that cause immense suffering.”
God the Father has told you, Mark…YOU have DOMINION; THEREFORE GO!!!
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” Genesis 1:28-31 (NASB)
Mark, while the hypocritical and demonically-inspired Atheist sits on their duff, it is the Christian Church that is among the top-ten charities that are active throughout the World as they endeavor to feed, clothe, educate, immunize, the World’s needy you pretend to care about.
See: The top 10 charities changing the world in 2016 – CNBC.com: https://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/29/the-top-10-charities-changing-the-world-in-2016.html
Top-Ten Christian Charities in the World: https://www.theologydegrees.org/best-christian-charities/
Mark, how many godless Atheist organizations are in the Top-10 Charities of the World?
Part 2 – Impact of Christianity for Good
Mark, in response to your baseless allegation that the Christian Church has not had any substantive impact for good in our World…note the following:
Social problems impacted by and solved by Christianity?
1) Slavery in America; Slavery in Europe: The anti-slavery movements led by Wilberforce in England and abolitionists in America were dominated by Christians. These believers reasoned that since we are all created equal in the eyes of God, no one has the right to rule another without consent. This is the moral basis not only of anti-slavery but also of democracy.
2) Christianity and its impact on the “Value of Human Life” The concept of universal human rights and equality comes exclusively from the biblical idea that all people are created in the image of God.
3) Christianity and its impact on the lives of women: Christianity was the first religion to not force widows to marry. They were supported financially and honored within the community so that they were not under great pressure to remarry if they didn’t want to. Pagan widows lost all control of their husband’s estate when they remarried, but the church allowed widows to maintain their husband’s estate. Finally, Christians did not believe in cohabitation. If a Christian man wanted to live with a woman he had to marry her, and this gave women far greater security.”
4) Christianity and its impact on the lives of children: In the ancient world, for example in classical Rome or Greece, infanticide was not only legal, it was applauded. Killing a Roman was murder, but it was commonly held in Rome that killing one’s own children could be an act of beauty. Through a higher view of life, it was the early Christian church that ultimately brought an end to infanticide. The modern pro-life movement is largely Christian.”
5) End of the Gladiator horrors: A 5th century monk, Telemachus, is credited as being the pivotal force ending the gladiator spectacles.
6) Abolition of Cannibalism: Missionary followers of Jesus are credited with stopping cannibalism in many primitive societies.
7) Christianity’s impact on the sociological concept of Compassion and Mercy: Kennedy and Newcombe in their book detail the rise of charity in the name of Jesus over the centuries. This is in stark contrast to history before Jesus. Historians record that prior to Jesus, the ancient world left little trace of any organized charitable effort.
8) Christianity’s impact on Marriage and Family: Before the Christian era, pederasty and homosexuality were not considered wrong: “Christianity exalted heterosexual monogamous love, which would provide the basis for a lasting and exclusive relationship between husband and wife, oriented toward the rearing of children. We take the family so much for granted—it remains such a powerful ideal in our society, even when actual family life falls short— that we forget the central premises on which it is based. Those premises were introduced by Christianity into a society to which they were completely foreign.”
9) Christianity’s impact on Education: From the beginning of Judaism, from which Christianity is derived, there was an emphasis on the written word. But the phenomenon of education for the masses has its roots in the Protestant Reformation. In order to promote Bible literacy, Christians have been leaders in education. This trend was accelerated with the advent of the printing press at about the same time as the Protestant Reformation. Many of the world’s languages were first set to writing by Christian missionaries in order for people to read the Bible.
10) Christianity’s impact on Government of the People:
–America’s first constitution was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. The Puritan framers of this document required that each aspect of it be grounded in Scripture. Other constitutions to follow contained many similarities to this one.
–At least 50 of the 55 signers of the U.S. Constitution were orthodox Christians.
–There is no doubt that the concept of our Constitutional checks and balances system is a direct result of the biblical doctrine of the sinfulness of mankind. All of our founders understood the importance of this doctrine to the social order.
–America’s foundational idea of The Rule of Law rather than the authority of man traces back to the Old Testament, beginning with the Ten Commandments.
–The idea that all men are created equal as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence is a biblical doctrine.
–The notion of the sovereign authority of God (as mentioned in the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, all 50 state constitutions, our currency, etc.)–rather than the sovereignty of the state–is certainly biblical.
–The existence of moral absolutes (a biblical concept) is an important idea in our Declaration of Independence–specifically, self-evident truths and unalienable rights from the Creator.
–Many other aspects of our laws come directly from the Bible–for example the judicial, legislative and executive branches trace to Isaiah 33:22. Fair trials with witnesses have numerous Old and New Testament support.
–Regarding civil liberty, founding father John Adams (and others) emphasized 2 Corinthians 3:17 as the basis for American civil liberty. The slogan on the Liberty Bell is “Proclaim Liberty throughout the land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof” is from Leviticus 15:10. Kennedy and Newcombe argue that Jesus himself was the greatest civil libertarian of all time.
11) Christianity and its impact on science: Kennedy and Newcombe also argue that science has its roots in Christianity. They point out that other world religions may express a worldview of fatalism (everything is fatalistically determined) or of illusion (that the physical world is an illusion). Science could not have arisen from these worldviews.
Christianity on the other hand, is based on the notion that there exists a rational God who is the source of rational truth. This, they argue, gave rise to the possibility of scientific laws.
Evidence for this view is that nearly all the founders of modern science were Christians. These include men such as Keppler, Boyle, Pascal, Pasteur, Newton, etc.
12) Christianity and its impact on the Free Market/Free Enterprise and a Work Ethic:
–Private property rights can be traced to the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:15, 17 (Thou shalt not steal,?Thou shalt not covet.”)–as well as to other passages from the Old and New Testaments. Interestingly, there are over 700 references to money in the Bible!
–Many historians credit theologian John Calvin from 200 years earlier as the person who is most responsible for putting together the principles that were always in the Bible into a system adapted by the American founders. For example, the biblical doctrines of self-reliance and self-denial are the foundation of the famous “Protestant work ethic.” These doctrines are at the heart of our economic (and political) way of life.
–A distinction can be made between biblical capitalism and evolutionary capitalism. The emphasis on biblical capitalism is on the importance of servant-hood–a key teaching of Jesus. Evolutionary capitalism, on the other hand, relies solely on the survival of the fittest.
–Communism is specifically an atheistic system that relies on the non-biblical notion that all men are good (thus will work for the common good). But socialism-communism have been an abject economic failure.
Also see: The Bible and Government: http://www.faithfacts.org/christ-and-the-culture/the-bible-and-government
13) Christianity and its impact on Art, Music, Literature:
–The influence of Jesus on art, music, and literature is enormous. For example, the Christian faith has influenced literature in such Christian writers such as Dante, Chaucer, Donne, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Dickens, Milton, etc.
–Had Jesus never been born, music would likely sound very different from what we’re used to. There may never have developed the cantata, the concerto, or the symphony. Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach were Christians who worked to honor God with their work. Bach, for example, signed all his works with Soli Deo Gloria (“Solely to the glory of God”).
–Art has likewise been magnificently impacted by Jesus. While much modern art seems to debase the human spirit, classical Christian art tries to bring out the best of mankind–pointing us to a higher plane. This is certainly a tribute to Jesus.
When Christian restraints have been removed from a society, the atrocities are magnified many times over. For example, the regimes of Hitler, Mao, Stalin, and Pol Pot were essentially atheistic bloodbaths. These twentieth century despots alone account for well over 100-million murders. The evidence is strong that when the restraining influence of Christianity has been removed from a country or culture, unmitigated disaster will naturally follow. As admitted by existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, “[Without God] all activities are equivalent.”
An overarching theme given to the world by Christianity is the equality of human beings, and the preciousness and worth of every human life. The spirit of Christmas embodies many wonderful qualities—love, sharing, tolerance, hope, and peace. May the Christmas spirit be a positive influence in your life throughout the year.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw