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Atheist, Anti-theist, Agnostic, AntiChrist

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Once upon a time every basic education included Latin and Greek. I had that- it’s called a classical education and it helps to know what words mean. The meaning of these four words is important for two reasons – 1st – Jesus is the Word of God, so all the words of faith and religion need to be understood accurately.

2nd, our life of faith can get messed up enough without also losing track of what words mean. Our knowledge of Him is clarified when we know words clearly. Word study is one of the main ways to study the Bible.

In Greek and also Latin the prefix “a” means a “lack of” or “absence of.” To be an atheist then is to believe that God does not exist at all. From the standpoint of logic this position is indefensible because one cannot prove a negative. We have a court system for people who are accused. If they can prove they were nowhere near the scene of the crime then they will be freed. That is as close to proving a negative as you’ll ever get.  As Maria’s sang in the Sound of Music “Nothing comes from nothing, Nothing ever could” leaving the atheist without an First Cause – but I digress.

A true atheist will not Boo God as many noisy delegates did at the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte NC. You don’t Boo someone you don’t think exists. {In all fairness, they really were booing the convention chairman who overrode their negative voice vote – but never mind – God sees and remembers as He said to Ishmael’s mother in the desert. Genesis 21}

But most people are not atheists. These are anti-theists, that is they are actively against God. Those people do Boo. Anti-theism got its big push in the 60s with Madelyn O’Hare kicking God out of the school curriculum and will end who-knows where. This is the group that believes if you don’t talk about something then it can be ignored; these are the same people who say “I don’t have cancer, I don’t have cancer” but they die anyway. Denial solves nothing. The Bible says, “they didn’t want God in their minds.”

28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.
Romans 1:28-32 (PHILLIPS)

I love the Philips translation because he nails sin so well…or try this version.

28-32 Moreover, since they considered themselves too high and mighty to acknowledge God, he allowed them to become the slaves of their degenerate minds, and to perform unmentionable deeds.

Well, fine but do other people have to be mindless too? Not really. Someday America will open up free speech again and we can say what we will about God anywhere – including in schools. Meanwhile we can see that the Bible acknowledges this kind of deliberate ignorance as an act of the will, not just inattention to the truth, and its origin is pride.

The agnostic is someone who has unanswered questions about the person and work of God. If they cracked a Bible they would learn, I suppose, but even then the skeptic is always among us. Agnostic comes from two Greek words, “a” without and “gnosis” the foundation word for know, knowledge, ignorant, etc. These no-believers are still alive and possibly can be reached.

The final classification is the word anti-Christ. In this case the word “anti” does not mean “against” but rather “instead of” – it is a substitution. While Satan is against Christ his greatest goal is to be instead of Christ, to be worshiped and to take the place as the ruler of the world. If you look at the world today, would you really like to be ruler? Probably not.

But never mind. We know the devil is nuts so his goals are crazy too. The Anti-Christ, when he comes, and many people think those days are very soon, will not have horns and a pointy tail, but be very attractive. Men have always wanted a messiah because life is hard and a messiah offers a way out – quick and easy. But we already have a Messiah and His way out is spelled out. It’s through Him.

P.S. Rogers and Hammerstein, both Jews, wrote the Sound of Music and were theists.

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