Knowing God – Rejecting God > The Dichotomy of Time and Eternity
As a student of Apologetics, I have debated the hopelessness of Atheism ad nauseam and a consistent, immutable, theme accompanies and permeates each and every debate; that is, there are those who know God and there are those who cannot know God, why?
God, in His mysterious ways, has decreed that only the heart willing to believe will see His reality and understand His precepts, His Covenants, while the one who refuses to believe will remain blind and lost and deceived (1 Corinthians 2:14). God is a gentleman, He forces Himself upon no one yet remains receptive to anyone willing to internalize the empirical evidence in Nature that testifies of His power, dominion, sovereignty; He remains receptive to anyone willing to internalize His written word and believe; He remains receptive to anyone willing to receive His Living Word, Jesus Christ (John 3:16), but He hardens those who reject Him by denying the call of His Spirit and denying the empirical evidence in Nature as testimony of His reality (Romans 1:18-32; Hebrews 11:6). The repeated rejection of God’s call upon one’s life results in an incremental fall into spiritual blindness, debasement, debauchery, hopelessness, addiction, perversion, death of the mind, body, soul (Romans 1:18-32).
This mystery is irrefutably obvious in the life of the Atheist, the Nihilist, the Naturalist, that is unable to see the beauty and love of God and experience the supernatural life He infuses into the one willing to “believe” (2 Corinthians 4:4). A dichotomy for the ages that is played-out before my eyes and it is a beautiful thing to see the holiness and justice and righteousness of the God who lives within me displayed in the World that surrounds me.
The God who died for me cries-out to His creation and desires to gather us under His wings like a hen gathers her chicks but “many” reject the love and call of God and my God, in His unfathomable sovereignty and justice and holiness, regrettably allows the “many” to pursue the death they so stubbornly desire as free will remains inextricably linked to love and relationship.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” Matthew 23:37 (NASB)
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)
“There are honest doubters and dishonest doubters. An honest doubter is willing to search out the truth and live by the results; a dishonest doubter doesn’t want to know the truth. He can’t find God for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman.” Adrian Rogers