Page 1

May 2010

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page 14


May 2010

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

Page 15


May 2010

THE CROSS TIMBERS GAZETTE

-

Online at www.CrossTimbersGazette.com

The Pastor’s Place By Mike Messerli, Lead Pastor, Crossroads Bible Church Last night, I caught up on news items and different blogs I visit. One that caught my attention was a blog post titled, “Why I’m not a Christian.” As I read the author’s description of the God he didn’t believe in I thought to myself, “I don’t believe in that god either!” It’s fascinating to me how we “repackage” what we don’t want to believe in so that any sensible person would agree with us completely. A man who wants nothing to do with God will describe him in such a way that it makes perfect sense why no one would want to deal with the God he denies. When you describe the God you don’t believe in you are telling me much about what you do believe. Your very words tell me the theology that will guide your life. Now, you may ask, “How can an atheist have a theology?” But in fact he does. When someone who doesn’t believe in God tries to describe to me that God he denies, he’s telling me his theology. That theology will determine the course of his life. Fascinating, isn’t it, that theology affects the atheist as much as it does the theist? As I mentioned earlier, if the God described by this atheist author was in fact the God of the bible, I would be an atheist as well, but what he described was no god at all. Like the ancient Greeks, he had created a god of fantasy that

Advertise in the CTG Call Max today at 940-728-TCTG

Page 16

looked so ridiculous that only fools and children would believe in him, and so this author seems the wisest of men to deny the god he has created. But wisdom is easy when all others are described as fools. Sadly, this author, who doesn’t believe in the god he has created, is missing the God who is. I wish he could really know the God who is. His views of life, history and the crisis of man would change completely. But this author may have chosen first to be an atheist and so created the parody of god to justify his choice. I may never know. One of the leading atheists of the last generation said, “I refuse to believe in a God that I must be accountable to.” For this man it was God’s righteous judgment that he refused to submit to and because of that he dismissed God completely. Truthfully, the decision to deny God is rarely intellectual. Most atheists I have read make great pretense to intellectual reasons for their lack of belief, but it’s much simpler than that. An atheist is created in many ways, but at the core is not information, but emotion. Something happened to that person. A prayer wasn’t answered, a parent died, a tragedy happened, a desire for sin arose, whatever the reason, a choice was made and an atheist was born. I wish they could know the God who is. In the light of that knowledge, one day, every knee will bow in worship to him. I do wish this atheist author would discover the God who is. I think it would change everything for him.....to see the God who is always changes us. We are never the same again. The Pastor’s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month. Call 940-728-8284 for more information.

ch Directory r u h C

Christ Presbyterian C h u r c h , PC A

3410 Peters Colony Road Flower Mound, TX 75022

972-355-5892

www.ChristPresbyterian.org Sunday School: 9:30 AM Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

" T he C hu rch w ith A n sw ers"

190 S White Chapel Road Southlake, TX 76092 www.bethelsouthlake.org Sunday School: 10:00 AM Sunday Worship: 11:00 AM Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 PM

Connecting to G od. Con ne c t in g t o P e o pl e . 8201 FM 407 Copper Canyon, TX 75077 972-317-9500 bwchurch.org Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 11:00 AM

Call 940-728-8284 to reserve your listing in the Church Directory!

Advertise in the CTG Call Max today at 940-728-TCTG

CTG Mother's Day Gift Guide  

Mother's Day Gift Guide for southern Denton County, TX from The Cross Timbers Gazette newspaper.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you