Let’s settle our terms. An unbeliever is one who denies the sufficiency of Christ’s atoning sacrifice at Calvary. He is one who adds anything to that finished work, be it false religion, piety, supposedly efficacious sacraments, worldly philosophy or some competing ideology.
The unbeliever knows much, yet as I illustrated in my last post, embraces absurdity. For example, the adulterous husband knows his actions are a cruel betrayal of trust. His behaviour is contrary to a reasoned application of what is honourable and dignified. It matters not if by some perversion his spouse knows or even endorses his deviance, it contravenes God’s divine purpose for marriage. So why, you might ask, would one commit adultery by embracing a degree of physical or even intellectual intimacy which is the preserve of a husband and wife? It is because we ‘choose’ to believe that which is contrary to God’s law, Romans 1:21, For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. We succumb to short term pleasures, and sacrifice long term satisfaction because we’ve believed the lie.
There are few adulterers who when caught don’t speak of regret, shame, or not thinking clearly. There’s often blame and excuses. But these are temporal for so often they return to lustful thoughts, inappropriate language, and even physical intimacy: 2 Peter 2:22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
This is the evidence of mankind left in our natural state. We do what we know is wrong, that which is self-destructive, and cruel to those we’ve professed we love! Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? You’ve been taught to believe you are a purposeless, bag of molecules; stardust floating in space with no greater purpose than what you design in your imagination. You’re an output of an evolutionary process that never had you in mind. A pitiless, heartless, naturalistic system where love is nothing more than self gratifying chemical reactions, it doesn’t really exist, and you will die, rot, and be none the wiser.
How convenient for you. Choose to believe you are an animal, no moral, or for that matter logical absolutes and you’re free to behave how you want. Trouble is the bible tells you that’s how you’d behave. You’re a wretched Son or daughter of Adam whose hatred of Christ is manifest in your rejection of His very real bodily, physical sacrifice for the very sinners who despise Him:
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
I present in my blog not an opinion, a sophisticated argument or great theology but Christ alone. Please wrestle with these eternal truths for your opinion, preferences and proclivities are leading you to the very place you deny exists. However, apart from believing in Christ, putting your faith in Him, your sincere convictions and the reality of hell will collide on the day you die.