THE GOD WHO WASN’T THERE–For college girls and their mothers

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world (1 Peter 5:8-9).

Sometimes Christians become complacent and start thinking that because they will not watch such movies, as “The God Who Wasn’t There,” that nobody else will either, or they think their own families will not be affected by such an attack.  Believe me; we have witnessed quite a few “strong” Christian families falling apart because they thought they were impervious to such attacks.  We need to have answers for those who attack our faith (1 Pet. 3:15).  This is partly why I write some of the ladies’ lesson series—so that we can build faith in the word of God.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ The_God_Who_Wasn%27t_There

The Christian who sent this link to me made the following comments:

One of the best responses I know would be Jesus’ response to the Pharisees when they attacked his credentials (John 5:31-36—especially verse 36).  Jesus simply referred them to the miracles he had done!  What can anyone say?  Nicodemus understood that miracles testified Jesus was from God (John 3:2).  The unbelieving Jews knew exactly what the miracles meant (John 6:2).  The Jews silenced the Pharisees with the same evidence that they themselves had seen (John 7:31).  The blind man silenced the Pharisees with the same obvious evidence (John 9:16).  The Chief Priests themselves along with the Pharisees acknowledged that they were helpless against such evidence.  Peter reminded them of the fact the God gave Jesus His witness that not one Jew could deny (Acts 2:22).  Hebrews 2:2-3 reminds us in a very succinct way of God’s witness to Jesus as well as the apostles.

Then, 2,000 years later, men, who are not in any way witnesses, and who offer no witness whatsoever, question the undeniable evidence?

Nevertheless, the Lord prophesied that he would blind the Jews’ eyes and harden their hearts in Isaiah 53:1and points to that prophecy in John 12:37-38, and more forcefully again in Isaiah 6:9-10 and points to that prophecy many times (Matt. 13:13-15Mark 4:11-12Acts 28:25-27Rom. 11:8-11, etc. and etc.).

He points to these times in 1 Timothy 4:1-22 Timothy 3:1-52 Timothy 4:3-4, etc., so that we should not be surprised.  In fact, he warns us that there will be many false teachers even among his own children (2 Pet. 2:1-3) and warns us that the majority (many, as opposed to the few who will be saved) will follow the false teachers rather than the true teachers.

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).

This first appeared on Christian Woman:
http://www.abiblecommentary.co m/christianwoman/the-god-who- wasnt-there/

4 thoughts on “THE GOD WHO WASN’T THERE–For college girls and their mothers

  1. Some additional considerations:
    According to the scripture, we aren’t too squelch rational thought in considering our Creator, our existence, the meaning of life, or anything else of importance; instead, we are to be thoughtful and wise in all things. However, *human* reasoning and logical thinking are not our standard (thankfully, since what humans consider to be “correct” changes about every three years or so!) Our Creator is greater than we are – his thoughts are higher than ours as the heavens are above the earth; his Truth and his thoughts do not change.

    Isa 55:6 — Isa 55:11
    Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    For as the rain cometh down,
    and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    1Co 1:20 — 1Co 1:21
    Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe…:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men…1Co 2:4 — 1Co 2:7
    And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
    Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

    Eph 4:17 — Eph 4:24
    This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity (g3153 inutility) of their mind (3563 nous, intellect), Having the understanding (g1271. διάνοια dianoia; deep thought) darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness (g4457. πώρωσις pōrōsis; stupidity or callousness) of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
    But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed (g0365. ἀνανεόω ananeoō; to renovate, i.e. reform) in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

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    1. Want to debate? LOL I believe you could easily answer the ridiculous accusations about real Christianity. May we all “study” to shew ourselves approved unto God, workmen that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (ref 2 Timothy 2:15).

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  2. Unfortunately, though we may well avoid ever having to watch such a film, these arguments are increasingly presented to us in daily life, particularly to our young people in secular schools and universities. It is wise to arm ourselves and our children to be ready always to give an answer for the reason of the hope that is in us.
    For example, what if this statement (contained in the Wikipedia article about the film) were made to you? How would you respond?:
    “Because Jesus knows people’s innermost thoughts, and that therefore one must police one’s thoughts to avoid any doubt, Flemming summarizes this idea with the statement that the greatest sin in fundamentalist Christianity is “to think.”
    What scriptures would YOU use to combat this accusation?

    Hebrews 11:1
    Now faith is the substance (g5287. ὑπόστασις hypostasis; a setting under (support)) of things hoped for, the evidence (g1650. ἔλεγχος elegchos; proof) of things not seen.

    Contrary to the unbeliever, who must put God out of his mind (Rom 1:28-32Pet 3:1-7; Heb 10:26-27; 2 Cor 4:1-4), a Christian need not squelch rational thought – rather we are commanded to sharpen our watchful awareness and deep thought, to scrutinize all things, and to be of a sound mind.

    1 Peter 1:13
    Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind (g1271 dianoia, deep thought), be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

    1Co 2:14 — 1Co 2:16
    But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth (g0350. ἀνακρίνω anakrinō; properly, to scrutinize, i.e. (by implication) investigate, interrogate, determine:) all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind (deep thought) of Christ.

    1Ti 4:12 — 1Ti 4:16
    Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate ( g3191. μελετάω meletaō;… to take care of, i.e. (by implication) revolve in the mind) upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

    What scriptures would you add to our defense? Are you ready to answer?

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    1. First, I would ask Flemming what scripture he used to get his question. If it did not come from the Scriptures, how can he prove it comes from Christianity? I don’t believe I have met any genuine Christians who felt they could not “think” because they were being watched. Most of the ones I know do think and thus we need 2 Corinthians 10:5. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…”

      Men and women have passions, which should be and need to be controlled. Christian men and women have determined to “come out from the world and be separate and not touch the unclean thing…”

      We have deliberately chosen a Master who can show us the way. Is it wrong to want to obey our Master? I don’t think so.

      You have answered quite well. ❤

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