As most of us are aware, atheists do not believe in God. But did you know that there are "religious atheists"? This describes those that claim to believe in God, but their actions tell a different story. Jesus said, "By their fruits you will know them" (Matt. 7: 20). Below are several examples of “religious atheists”:
"I believe in God, but...Sundays are my only day off." God says, “…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching..” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
"I believe in God, but...Bible classes are unimportant." God says, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
"I believe in God, but...it’s the preacher’s job (not mine) to visit sick, shut-in and backsliding Christians." God says, “…as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10).
"I believe in God, but...I refuse to forgive ______ for what they did!" God says, " If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him" (Luke 17:3-4).
"I believe in God, but...my bills prevent me from giving much to His church." God says, "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you" (Luke 6:38).
"I believe in God, but...I often lose sleep worrying about how I'll make ends meet.” God says, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on…” “….seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:25, 33).
"I believe in God, but...I don't need to be immersed." God says, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized (From the greek word baptizo – "to dip or immerse") in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” (Acts 2:38).
Although none of us is perfect, may we avoid becoming “religious atheists” by intentionally refusing to obey God’s commands.
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