A few hours ago, someone posted some thoughts about atheism. This prompted me to also write about some things I have considered. Some of these things were covered by the other blogger, while some thoughts were not.
I recently read something posted by someone who brags about being an atheist. He has every right to believe as he wishes. That is one of the great things about America – freedom of religion (or lack thereof). This individual has also made statements about what is right and what is wrong. I began to contemplate this. If this person does not believe there is a god, then who decides right from wrong? We do. Doesn’t that elevate us to a god-like status?
That is a huge part of today’s problem…we have become our own god. We would swear that we don’t worship ourselves, but the evidence proves to the contrary. Life, for many, is all about what they want to do, when they want to do it, how they want to do it, etc. When did we get the authority to call our own shots? Yes, God gave us free will and many have chosen to elevate that free will to “show God who’s boss”.
Many today want just enough of Jesus that might get them into Heaven but don’t want the obedience that goes along with it. Those who claim to be atheists are often those who have experienced trauma in life and do not know how to balance the sovereignty of God with the trauma they have experienced. They feel that God has disappointed them, so it is easier to say there is no god than to try to work through the tough questions.
I am, by no means, an expert on the subject. I know that I see a generation who has elevated itself to a God-like status either by claiming to be Christian and calling their own shots or denying the existence of God and placing God-like authority upon themselves. Any way you look at it, it is a sin. We have no right to place ourselves above God. There are consequences to such actions, and the results will be humility and humiliation. My question to all of us is “Who/what is the ‘god’ in your life?”