Atheism: An Untenable Ideology
Premise: Atheism, when commonsense and logic preface the equation, is an untenable ideology that is, for all intents and purposes, a form of psychosis.
Atheism is an untenable ideology – an observation
When the Christian, or anyone possessing a modicum of commonsense, logic, wisdom, observes the written and verbal contributions in these debate forums of those adhering to the façade of the Atheistic Religion, it is beyond refutability that the deception involved in this demonically-based ideology/religion/cult is, for all intents and purposes, a form of schizophrenia.
“Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally.”
When engaging the atheist in conversation or debate relevant to their worldview, the atheist fails to acknowledge the overwhelming, irrefutable, evidence of our supernatural Universe as empirical, extant, substantive, evidence for design and a mandated Designer. I am not suggesting that the atheist simply denies knowing the Creator of the Universe, the identity of said Creator, but that the atheist unashamedly denies the inexplicable reality of the Moon, Sun, Stars, Earth, Life and Time and the inexplicable origin of these supernatural phenomena void a mandated Designer who is both supernatural and outside of and simultaneously infinitely superior to that which has been carefully designed and created.
Denying the reality of that which is before you daily and nightly is symptomatic of a psychosis, a mental illness, that is obviously supported and under girded by personal biases, involvement in unnatural, immoral, behaviors that require the denial of a supernatural Creator for the sake of conscience and eschewing shame and self-loathing; a Supernatural Creator that the atheist and all of mankind intuitively knows exists and One that inherently-obviously possesses authority and dominion over the life of the atheist living in denial of reality (Romans 1:18-32).
This psychosis of “denial of reality” is also enhanced and seductively morphs into a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder via the psychologically and physiologically devastating-debilitating problem of “diminishing returns.” When one is consumed with demonically inspired Naturalism which is the primary tenet of the religion of Darwinism (evolutionary theory) which is the progenitor of the religion/cult of Atheism which worships at the throne of “moral relativism,” the man or woman so deceived by these demonically-based cultic religions naturally pursues and obsessively idolizes those things that bring aberrant forms of sensual pleasure and ingratiate the flesh i.e. a rebellion to/rejection of the objective moral law written upon the human heart by the Creator (Romans 2:15).
Unfortunately, the atheist, who is often times absorbed with the obsessive-compulsive behaviors involved in compromise with sexual immorality-other forms of addiction, there is inevitably a slippery-slope of disappointment, dissatisfaction with cursory immorality necessitating ever-increasing forms of self-destructive debauchery, immoral behavior manifesting in confusion and self-loathing leading to death of the body, mind, soul, in life and in eternity. This slippery-slope of hopelessness ingrained within the Religion of Atheism mandates ever-increasing vitriol-hate-loathing for a Divine Moral Authority. This deep-seated hatred for God is ever-present on debate-forums involving the atheist.
Atheism is a serious and debilitating psychological – spiritual disorder that is incrementally destroying the lives and future of America’s posterity as well as the future of America’s Constitutional Republic; therefore, Atheism in America is an untenable ideology relevant to the sustainability of mores, norms, values, under girding a healthy, happy, moral, sustainable society.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw
Evidence for our Creator
“Christianity is the only coherent worldview with corresponding truth that defines origin-meaning-morality-destiny and directly answers with logical consistency, empirical adequacy, experiential relevance.” (Ravi Zacharias) There is ONE God and ONE Mediator for sin, Jesus Christ-Yeshua (1 Timothy 2:5).
“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
Why did God create the Heavens and the Earth?
The Creator of our Universe is Spirit (John 4:24) and His abode is the Spiritual Realm (John 18:36). As a result of discord, rebellion, sin, having been introduced into the Kingdom of God before the creation of Time, our Creator set-forth a Plan (2 Timothy 1:9-10) to deal with this destructive turmoil/rebellion apart from the Kingdom (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:11-17; Luke 10:18).
Our Creator’s Plan included the creation of a separate and unique Realm apart from the Spiritual Realm where the conflict in the Kingdom could be dealt with void further destruction to God’s Kingdom. The Holy Spirit has named and identified this separate Realm as “Time.” Our Creator took elements from the Spiritual World that are not visible to our senses constrained by Time and He formed those elements into matter which are the building blocks for everything that is visible and invisible to the human eye and everything that is interacted with via mankind’s five-senses (Hebrews 11:3; Colossians 1:15-17).
With rapidity, our Creator created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is in them in six, twenty-four-hour days (Genesis 1:1-31).
Three-forms of evidence validating our Creator, Jesus Christ-Yeshua…
2) The Incarnation of God in Time
3) The Written Covenant between God and Mankind
1) Empirical – Preliminary – Substantive – Observable Evidence = Nature
The Universe, encompassing the Sun-Moon-Stars-Earth, descending downward to the complex human genome (life), all provide empirical, preliminary, substantive, observable, evidence for design in Nature and therefore mandate a Designer (Isaiah 66:1; Acts 7:49).
The Holy Spirit has clearly articulated that anyone who denies these empirical, supernatural, inexplicable, forms of Nature as testimony relevant to our Creator’s validity will be “without excuse” when they stand in the Judgment before Jesus Christ-Yeshua in Eternity (Romans 1:18-32; Revelation 20:11-15). It is the preliminary evidence of Nature that confronts mankind daily/nightly and is so designed as to draw all men and women to seek knowledge of God and find life in His Name, Jesus Christ-Yeshua.
God has so uniquely created and ordained Nature as testimony and evidence relevant to Himself that He has nullified mankind’s ability to define origin of matter or understand the supernatural Universe He has placed before us (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Origin of matter will, until the end of Time, remain a mystery to mankind as man is cognitively constrained by Time and The Curse; all that is visible and invisible to the human eye in Nature was established, created, by elements from the invisible Spiritual World; therefore, the genesis of our Creation will forever remain an enigma, a mystery, to the mind of man. Anyone seeking Truth, void a personal bias against the validity of our Creator, can easily apprehend and discern the supernatural design of creation mandating a supernatural Creator.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3 (NASB)
“He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NASB)
2) The Incarnate, Living Word of God, Jesus Christ-Yeshua
There exists no greater or more popular historical figure than Jesus Christ-Yeshua. The Atheist who rejects the historicity of Jesus simply rejects the overwhelming evidence for His validity readily accessible-available in Biblical and extra-Biblical as well as non-Christian, archeological, sources.
Our Creator did not leave His Human creation to wonder or ponder about the one-true-God and His Plan and purposes for Time and Eternity, but God left the Spiritual Realm some 2019-years ago, He divided history, and entered the Realm of Time in the flesh through a virgin birth that was essential to establish Him as Messiah who would selflessly give Himself to save mankind from death in sin and death in Hell (Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 1:23).
During the 33.5-years of His Earthly sojourn, Jesus fulfilled over 300-Messianic prophecies as articulated in the Covenant of Law extending from the Genesis to The Book of Malachi. The statistical chances of
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000;
1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power;
1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus! (https://www1.cbn.com/biblestudy/biblical-prophecies-fulfilled-by-jesus)
In the Gospel of John, Chapter 14 v. 6, Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Anyone contemplating the Deity of Jesus Christ in light of the previous Scripture (John 14:6) must come to ONE of only three-conclusions concerning Jesus Christ. Jesus is either a…
Every human being born subsequent to 33-AD and having attained an age of reason with sufficient cognitive acuity to discern the moral law as written upon our heart by our Creator (Romans 2:15) will have to choose between these three-options seeing that their eternal destiny will depend solely upon which option they choose.
3) The written word of God, the Holy Bible
God the Father has not only provided Nature/the Universe and the Son, Jesus Christ-Yeshua as testimony of His validity, power, dominion, but God has also provided a written “Covenant of Grace” (Matthew 26:28) to His human creation through the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit meticulously, supernaturally, moved through the inner-man of 40-men of antiquity, holy men set-apart specifically for the purpose of penning on parchment the Plan and purposes of our Creator; a journey of 1400-to-1600-years, three-continents, three-languages, explaining in detail our origin, our purpose and meaning, God’s moral law and God’s Plan for the destiny of Time and Eternity.
For those who scoff at the integrity of God’s written word and thereby call the Holy Spirit a liar, understand that the very same Creator who initiated visible matter from the unseen Spiritual World and used same to create this vast supernatural Universe and gave you the breath of life, this very same Creator is abundantly capable and qualified to provide you and provide me with the EXACT words He desires we have so that we can know Him, His Plan and purposes for Time and our individual lives. Irrespective of councils of men and theologians, critics, scholars, all of the efforts of men concerning advocating for or disparaging the Holy Scriptures, know that the Bible remains the best-selling Book in History and that God’s word will NEVER fade away (Matthew 24:35).
Our Creator has provided Human KIND with three-undeniable-forms of evidence relevant to His validity, reality, power, dominion, Deity…
2) Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Living Word of God.
3) A written covenant, the Holy Scriptures.
Anyone who desires to know God intimately, personally, will find Him and enter into a relationship with Him if they will seek Him with their whole heart…He will be found by them (Jeremiah 29:11-13). God will NOT entertain or commune with a heart that does not truly desire to know Him but He is faithful to make His abode with anyone willing to come to Him in faith and believe that He is true.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw
Atheism: America’s spiritual and sociological malignancy: Causation and Cure
Atheism defined: noun: atheism
1) disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods.
Premise: Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is the most proficient and efficient progenitor of modern-day Atheism; Evolutionary Theory is the most deceptive form of spiritual death introduced by Satan subsequent to his deception of Eve in The Genesis.
It is my position as one who loves, adores, respects, God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, that Atheism does NOT exist in reality but is a demonically-based sociological construct, a Satanic ideology emanating from the mind and will of Satan as a most destructive weapon to conquer the free will of men and women possessing a predisposition to rebellion to authority; narcissism; sexual perversion with an obsessive-compulsive personality-type as well as men and women who have been trapped in man’s various cults and “religions” and the Hell on Earth these bastions of enslavement manifest in the life of one so deceived.
God’s Testimony INRE to Atheism
The Holy Spirit confirms the deception of “Atheism” and clearly articulates that this sociological construct does NOT exist but in the mind of individuals seeking to justify their sin by denying that which they intuitively know exists i.e. the Creator of the Universe.
It is written…
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:18-32 (NASB)
1) The primary causation of Atheistic deception is the craftiness and subtleness of Satan’s enticement of Human KIND to compromise and relativize the objective moral law as infused within mankind by our Creator at conception (Romans 2:15). Certain individuals, particular personality-types appear to be more prone to Satan’s deception as they inherently struggle with a compulsive-addictive personality; a deeply ingrained infatuation with aberrant lust initiated by any number of formative causative factors ranging from childhood sexual abuse to exposure to pornography in the very early formative years of cognition; an abusive-neglectful-fragmented family-unit during early childhood; forced inclusion in deceptive cults and religions that enslave the mind and soul to traditions of men that insult the simplicity and purity of God’s Covenant of Grace i.e. the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2) The most profound and intriguing causation of modern-day Atheism is the infusion of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory into the public education system as in early 1960’s America. Having successfully removed the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ, prayer, from the classrooms via various SCOTUS decisions in the early 1960’s, Progressive Socialists successfully strategized a formula of socialistic ideological implementation into the hearts and minds of America’s youth via revisionist history and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution which was a powerful demonic tool that successfully warred against the Genesis creation narrative of the Holy Scriptures thereby negating our Creator’s influence for good in society and replacing same with Satan’s naturalistic ideology of moral relativism; a demonically-seductive ideology that teaches our children the deceptive paradigm “if it feels good, do it” because there are no spiritual ramifications for sin which is nonexistent; there is no accountability for disobedience; no remorse for expressing and experimenting with aberrant lust; no sorrow for abusing, using, demeaning one’s self and others through sexual expression; because there is no judgment, there is no holy authority, there is no Hell.
Without a doubt, Darwin’s idiocy is the most proficient and efficient progenitor of modern-day Atheism and Evolutionary Theory is the most deceptive form of spiritual death introduced by Satan subsequent to his deception of Eve in The Genesis.
Darwinian Theory: What are children learning? A succinct overview…
Though the staunch Evolutionist/Atheist will deny that Evolution encompasses the subject of origin of life, the fact remains, Evolution is inexorably linked to such preposterous presuppositions as,
“The Big Bang” which suggests that in the beginning there was nothing which exploded and through this chaos, symmetry and design inexplicably manifest and provided atmospheric, physical, conditions conducive to the intricacy, sustainability and fragility of life on Earth.
“Abiogenesis or spontaneous generation” which presupposes that a simple-cell organism (life) inexplicably formed from inorganic or inanimate substances and by descent with modification via “advantageous” genomic mutations, responding to environmental adaptation, magically produced a common ancestor from which every form, variety, “species” of life on Planet Earth finds its genesis.
Ramifications of Darwin’s insanity
Subsequent to a High School public education in America, an overwhelming number of students graduate with a degree that is made impotent by revisionist history and Darwin’s insanity culminating in a hatred for God, the Bible, the Truth, America; unfortunately, only a “few” will find their way home to life in Jesus Christ and life in Eternity.
During their tenure in America’s secular Universities, the student’s deception in Darwin’s idiocy and revisionist socialist history is further honed and deeply embedded into the hearts and minds of America’s future leaders who are now radical Atheists, Socialists, abortion-advocates/participants, radical LGBTQ participants-advocates while America’s Constitutional Republic dies with each election-cycle as these godless, Atheistic-Socialists, enter the voting booth in ever-increasing numbers to cast their vote for Hell.
It is also interesting to study the inexorable link between Darwinism and Margaret Sanger – Eugenics-Abortion (mutilation of countless-millions of babies); Darwin and Hitler – the Holocaust; Darwin and Stalin’s rejection of our Creator and his glorification of atheism and murder subsequent to reading Darwin’s evolutionary ideas.
Darwin has proven to be Satan’s most deadly ally when one considers the death toll of abortion, eugenics, socialism, communism and the totality of mankind that will die in sin and die the “second death” in Hell because the Atheist, those rejecting God’s Covenant of Grace, opted to glorify Satan through an alliance with Darwin’s deceit while rejecting the Truth of Scripture and the Lord of Life, Jesus Christ.
“Richard Dawkins not only regards Darwinism as compatible with atheism, but that atheism is a logical outcome of evolutionary belief. He has long promoted atheism both individually and as part of atheistic organizations.”
See: (The Greatest Hoax on Earth?) https://creation.com/the-greatest-hoax-on-earth/introduction.php
Radicalized Homosexuality and Gender Confusion
3) The most telling, defining, behavior within the Atheistic community is a radical addiction to homosexuality and lesbianism that has suffered greatly from the sociological/behavioral phenomenon of “diminishing returns” as the immoral, rebellious, act of homosexuality and lesbianism is no longer adequate to satiate the obsessive-compulsive desires of the flesh, but in our “day of enlightenment,” the homosexual/lesbian now finds it necessary to indulge in gender mutilation, gender transformation, gender confusion, and reject the reality of God’s creation of the male and female; Today, the LGBTQ community has constructed as many as 4000-genders while pedophiles clamor for legitimacy and inclusion in the infamous acronym.
The ultimate and tragic end of such confusion is psychosis, addiction, self-mutilation, self-loathing, suicide, for far too many. Most tragically, it is America’s most vulnerable, most innocent, most precious, that are reaping the horrors of this confusion i.e. our teenage and pre-teen posterity, far too many of whom end their life in addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorders, suicide.
Atheism, for all intents and purposes, does not exist in reality but is simply a demonically-based sociological construct of deception, obfuscation, that was initiated by Satan, the enemy of our soul, and introduced to our posterity by Darwin’s idiocy which has manifest in societal rejection of God’s Truth, the Bible’s Genesis narrative of creation thereby resulting in Satanically-motivated moral relativism, secularism, nihilism, leading to the psychological – physiological – spiritual death of America’s children and America’s Constitutional Republic.
The only CURE
The only “cure” to the demonic death of Atheism is a relationship with God the Father by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and this Covenant Relationship having been Sealed and Guaranteed by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God; I therefore plead with the Atheist, repent and reject the path of the “many;” reject Darwin, reject Satan, turn to Jesus Christ and live!
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NASB)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw
The Pharaoh and God; The Flood and God (Justice-Compassion or Cruelty?)
Unbeliever-Atheist uses God’s judgment concerning Egypt’s Pharaoh – The Passover to accuse God of senseless cruelty. Let’s discuss the Pharaoh/Passover and Noah/The Flood and causation for both seeing that the hypocritical atheist, when expedient, uses these scenarios to justify their path to death in sin and death in Hell by rejecting the Scriptures and God as cruel, bigoted, hateful; at other times, the hypocritical atheist denies the reality of the Exodus and The Flood and mocks the Scriptures as inaccurate.
Atheist, Susan D, stated: “Let’s talk about when god of the bible killed all those innocent babies and tormented all those innocent Egyptian peasants rather than to instead just target his wrath at the one guy with whom he was angry with, why not just kill Pharaoh and spare the innocent? This story, like so many others in the bibly [Bible], portrays god as one senseless and cruel.”
A response to the atheist
1. The Pharaoh and the Death Angel
The Pharaoh had been warned multiple times to free the Hebrew Slaves but he refused and God, who cannot lie (Numbers 23:19), fulfilled the prophecy of salvation/liberation concerning the Hebrew people from a land that would hold them captive as slaves for 400-years (Genesis 15:12-14). Though the Scriptures articulate that God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart, let it be known that God only used and subsequently allowed to manifest what was already present in the Pharaoh’s inner-man i.e. stubbornness, cruelty, deceit (Psalm 139:2).
It is written concerning the Hebrew’s future enslavement and God’s promise of deliverance
Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. 14 But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. Genesis 15:12-14 (NASB)
1) Susan, you suggest that God, if He were fair and compassionate, would have killed the Pharaoh as opposed to the first-born of Egypt, but the death of Pharaoh would not have freed the Hebrew slaves but only embittered the Egyptian hierarchy resulting in increased cruelty toward the Hebrews and exponentially increasing their suffering.
2) Susan, in your unbelief, as you desire to mock God for His judgment upon the Pharaoh, the Egyptian people, remember that the Passover initiated by this Judgment on Egypt also represents the mercy of God given YOU at the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ as Christ is our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The lamb to be slain in Egypt was to be without defect (perfect) and the blood of that spotless lamb was to be painted upon the sides and tops of the door-frames (Exodus 12:4-7) in order that the Death Angel would “pass-over” that home. This edict of our Lord to the Hebrew slaves was also a Messianic prophecy to be fulfilled by the “Lamb of God” (Messiah Yeshua) whose innocent blood would stain the cross-member and upright of a Roman Cross in Jerusalem, Israel.
As the Lord commanded the Hebrew people to paint the blood of a lamb (sheep or goat) upon the doorposts so that the death-angel would “pass-over” their home and spare the first-born from death, so does the innocent blood of Messiah on that Roman Cross provide mankind a way of escape from death in sin and death in Hell (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Concerning Jesus as our Passover Lamb
“knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
3) Every child that died in somber sleep that horrific night in Egypt was fully secure in our Lord because God does not hold culpable those lacking sufficient cognitive maturity to discern right from wrong, moral from immoral (Romans 5:12-14); therefore, every child that died in Egypt on that Passover Night was saved and they are now, in their disembodied spiritual state, secure in our Lord forever, fully conscious and fully aware, in His Kingdom as I type this. Had these Egyptian children matured in Egypt’s pagan culture, they would have died and ended-up in Sheol/Torments (Luke 16) and eventually they would face Judgment in Eternity and subsequently lose their resurrected body and soul in Hell forever (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:28).
The Lord’s judgment upon the Pharaoh was keeping with God’s faithfulness to His written word/prophecy and the liberation of the Hebrew slaves while the Judgment upon the first-born was actually God’s compassion and mercy as those children received Eternal life with God forever as opposed to dying in sin and Hell without hope!
2. Noah’s generation and The Flood and atheistic hypocrisy
Like the incident with Pharaoh and the Death Angel/the Passover, the atheist is quick to accuse our Creator of genocide, murder, infanticide, as a result of The Flood. I must chuckle slightly when I think about the hypocrisy of the deceived atheist as they’re quick to cuddle-up to Darwin and heretical “scholars” who deny the Noahic Flood and the Exodus, but when it fits their demonic narrative, the atheist is quick to use the Exodus and The Flood scenarios to accuse God of being a sadistic maniac.
The Flood – sociological causation
Subsequent to The Fall of Adam/mankind and the curse upon the Human Genome as a result of that Fall culminating in spiritual death and physiological death, mankind began a rather expedient/exponential fall into violence and sexual debauchery-immorality as demonstrated by the generation of Noah along with the Nephilim that were present in the land at that time. The Holy Spirit describes Noah’s generation thusly…
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:5-8 (NASB)
Beginning with Genesis 3:15, immediately subsequent to The Fall of Adam, we see our Creator preparing to bring forth His Messiah through the seed of the woman (a virgin) and this prophecy tells us that Messiah, the One who would defeat the works of Lucifer, would be victorious and conquer sin and death. Ultimately, this was accomplished at the Crucifixion some 4000-years later.
Concerning the curse on Lucifer and the impending struggle with Messiah
“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15 (NASB)
The generation that arose between the time of Adam and Noah (pre-flood) had become so wicked and vile that our Lord refused to set-apart a people group through whom He would bring forth His Messiah. Our Lord used the testimony of Noah’s work on the Ark to warn that wicked generation, much like God warned the Pharaoh, of the coming judgment; unfortunately, much like the hardened atheist today, Noah’s generation mocked, ridiculed, and refused to listen.
Speaking of Noah’s silent preaching/warning through the construction of the Ark
“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.” 2 Peter 2:4-10 (NASB)
God’s salvation to the World through judgment by water
Because of the wickedness of Noah’s generation, God chose to save righteous Noah and the seven-members of Noah’s family and destroy the wicked seed of that pre-flood generation in order to begin anew and further His Plan to bless the World through the coming Messiah. Subsequent to the Noahic Flood, we see our Lord set-apart a people group specifically for Himself via the patriarchy of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob AKA Israel.
Speaking of the Jewish people
“’Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.” Leviticus 20:26 (NASB)
Concerning the coming Messiah and the Jewish people, our Lord prophesies to Abraham,
“And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (NASB)
Had our Lord not begun anew with a generation born from the favorable lineage of Noah but permitted the wicked and vile pre-flood generation to exponentially increase in number and in vile-sexual-violent debauchery, our Messiah would have never entered into the World and all of mankind would have been ultimately condemned to die in sin and die in Hell; thereby, thwarting God’s Plan of victory over Lucifer, sin, death, Hell, the grave.
The children of the wicked pre-flood generation, like the children of Egypt at the Passover, those children not having attained an age of reason/accountability possessing sufficient discernment to differentiate between good v. evil, right v. wrong, those children were saved by our Lord upon death of the body and their disembodied spirit, fully cognizant and fully aware, is now present with our Lord in the Kingdom of God awaiting the resurrection of the righteous (John 5:29).
In both scenarios, the Pharaoh and the Noahic Flood, we see our God’s justice, righteousness, truthfulness, compassion, abound and the wise man and woman will internalize the surety of God’s judgment and wrath toward the rebellious and wicked while God’s compassion and forgiveness blankets the righteous, the humble, the faithful.
Mankind, if wise, will learn from these scenarios and find life in God’s Plan through Jesus Christ as Lord -or- if unwise, mankind will choose to reject God’s warning through these examples in Scripture and ultimately die in sin and die in Hell in God’s wrath and righteous judgment.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw
Atheist mocks the integrity of the Scriptures and man’s portrayal of Jesus’ physical characteristics. Let’s discuss that…
Atheist, Mark D, stated: “Here we have a picture of Jesus [photo in Mark’s OP] as many people today would like to see him. He is white, and in a position of power and authority. The picture is far removed from the historical Jesus, who was olive-skinned and poor. Instead of a Scandinavian-looking King, he was Jewish and a handyman. The picture is pure fiction, but it is an image that is embraced by millions of believers. Like the picture, the gospels represent a fictionalized Jesus. They were written around 30 plus years after Jesus’ death, and the stories about Jesus have little, if anything, to do with the historical Jesus. Christians over the centuries have made Jesus into what they wanted, but if the real Jesus came back today, he would be saddened and shocked by their misguided and selfish efforts. Thoughts?”
Response to the atheist…
1) Concerning the integrity of the Holy Scriptures
I find it pathetically saddening that hopeless, lost, spiritually dead, atheists blindly mimic heretics like Bart Ehrman, Dan Brown, Richard Carrier, who are demonically-inspired servants of Satan, the one Jesus Christ identified as a “murderer” and the “father of lies” (John 8:44). I can assure anyone who reads this response to Mark’s atheistic nonsense, that the same God who created this vast Universe and meticulously crafted the unfathomable and complex human genome, this same Creator is fully capable of providing Human KIND with documentation accurately articulating His Plan and purposes for Time, Eternity and our individual lives.
Mark, NO ONE alive today knows what records, writings, notes, were made by the Apostles and those who followed Messiah during His 3.5-years of ministry on this Earth. I have no doubt that those who witnessed the Earth shaking works of Messiah instantaneously chronicled/recorded what Jesus said and did and though the first published or copied records of these events publicly surfaced some-years subsequent to Messiah’s Ascension, it is foolish to believe that personally observed accounts, eye-witness accounts of Jesus’ works were not recorded, documented, the moment they manifest before the eyes of men. The records were obviously kept secret, hidden, from the hellish hate manifest by Rome’s authority figures in those tumultuous years.
It is also foolish to believe that the Holy Spirit, Who Authored the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17), did not provide meticulous oversight as to what was written and by whom. I do grow weary of reading the satanic propaganda of the atheist as they kick against the goads in their ridiculous fight against Scriptural integrity; but again, Satan and his minions, the atheist, are wretched haters of Truth and a righteous life.
It is written…
“but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:31 (NASB)
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25 (NASB)
2) Concerning the physical appearance of Messiah-Jesus
Where you fail in your atheistic spiritual lack of knowledge, Mark, once again, is you don’t read and study the most relevant and historically-eternally significant writings ever provided mankind i.e. the Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15). The Holy Spirit has told us that the natural man, those deceived by doctrines of demons espoused by modern servants of Satan such as Darwin, Dillahunty, Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, Ra, Gervais, Bart Ehrman, Dan Brown, Richard Carrier…on-and-on-and-on they go…when you listen to these demonic servants and their deceptive filth, you will naturally live a subpar life and clamor for death in sin and death in Hell in atheistic insanity (1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:33).
The Scriptures tell us that Messiah was not a necessarily attractive individual but that He was very humble, plain in appearance, someone that you would pass on the street and not give a second-glance (Isaiah 53:2). Jesus was most likely a stone mason during the years He worked with His Earthly father, Joseph. Apparently, Jesus was very humble, kind, compassionate, loving yet incredibly strong physically as evidenced by the torture, the flesh and muscle ripping scourging He received and successfully endured prior to His execution by suffocation on a Roman Cross.
3) Jesus’ personality and purpose
Jesus Christ is God who manifest in the flesh not to glorify Himself or impress you, Mark; Jesus came to humbly and obediently give Himself as a blood-sacrifice for the sins of humanity thereby offering you and offering me a pardon from death in sin and death in Hell (Philippians 2:8); this pardon can be freely accessed by anyone willing to humble them self, admit they’re a sinner in need of forgiveness, repent of their sin and sincerely believe in their heart, confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay our sin-debt and that He was resurrected from the dead for our justification leading to Eternal life (Romans 10:9-10).
Jesus clearly articulated that this World is NOT His home or His Kingdom (John 18:36) and that He came to us as the humble, suffering, Lamb of God not to be served but to serve and give Himself as a ransom for you and for me out of obedience and love for God the Father (Matthew 20:28). Sadly, men who gleefully serve the fleshly fallen-nature, exemplified by the demonically inspired atheist in our lost and dying World, find solace in mocking the images of Jesus Christ published by those who have not a clue relevant to the physical characteristics of my Lord, a First-Century AD Jew from the Tribe of Judah; but have no fear Mark, if you die as an atheist, you will see Jesus Christ face-to-face at the “Great White Throne Judgment” AKA the Judgment of the Condemned and you WILL bend a knee before Him and confess Him as Lord to the glory of God the Father; problem is, Mark, the Age of Grace will have passed for you at the point of your death in the body; therefore, Jesus Christ will adjudicate you “guilty” of sin, your name will NOT be found written the Lamb’s Book of Life and you will ultimately lose your body and your soul in Hell for your disobedience and rebellion and rejection of Jesus as Lord and Mediator for your sin (Philippians 2:10-11; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:28).
Rickey D. Holtsclaw