Now, many of you reading this article that don't believe in God or don't know the Gospel may be asking yourself why you are even wasting your time. Let me assure you, this is NOT wasting your time. Even if you have no desire to learn about God, or have completely closed your mind to the Bible, I believe that this information will benefit you greatly in all aspects of your life, because we answer some common intriguing questions that are usually an interest to us all. I also hope and pray that this article will give you the insight to something that you never knew existed, that peace and comfort that every human seeks, and so few ever truly find. So, does God exist or not? Does it even matter? Using our standard cultural labels, it seems we're all becoming materialist, naturalist, relativist, humanist, and hedonists that seem to think we have it pretty well together. Metaphysical thought is for philosophers and theologians. “Religion" is OK for those who need a crutch to limp through a difficult life. Well, philosophical truth is actually right below the surface, and this article should enlighten you to that truth.
You see, living without God, without any hope of something better than this world and its troubles, is kind of like living in the desert with a mirage as your water source. You can go to it every day to quench your insatiable thirst, but each time you dig deeper, you still end up with a bucket of hot dry sand. And if, by chance, you happen across a small amount of moisture in the sand, you always want more. There is no quenching the human desire. If you are at the top of your game, you still desire more. It never stops!
What we're talking about here is something that WILL quench that thirst. The desire for more is always present, as that is in our nature as physical beings, but it is not in our spiritual nature. We were made to worship, and worship we do. Either we worship God, or some other form of spirituality, or we worship money or some other material form.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary contains the following definition of ‘worship';
Etymology: Middle English worshipe worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being, from Old English weorthscipe worthiness, respect, from weorth worthy, worth -scipe -ship
Date: before 12th century
1chiefly British : a person of importance -used as a title for various officials (as magistrates and some mayors)
2: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power ; also : an act of expressing such reverence
3: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
4: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem
Now, look at these descriptions. Isn't it interesting that even our most common definition includes what we see in number 4, worship of the dollar? Number 1 is primarily used to address certain high ranking officials in the British government, but all other definitions refer to actions. ‘Reverence offered', ‘an act of expressing such reverence', ‘religious practice', ‘respect to'; all of these refer to some form of action. Even the terms ‘admiration’ and ‘devotion’ tell us action is involved. If you greatly admire or are devoted to something, then you act upon those feelings to either be close to it or obtain more of it. Worship is not just a ‘Bible term’.
Now look at the definitions that Merriam-Webster gives us for ‘Religious';
- relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity
- scrupulously and conscientiously faithful
Religious is an adjective describing a form of action. So, simply looking at these two words, we can ascertain that all of us are religious and worship something. Maybe it's God, or maybe a person, or it could be money, a hobby, a sport, or anything that you have attached yourself to in a devoted and faithful fashion. The point here is simple. . . whether you believe in God or what the Bible teaches, you are made to worship, and you do, religiously to something, whether to an acknowledged reality or deity.
By the way, that definition is man's definition, and bothers me somewhat. God IS an acknowledged reality and a deity. To believe anything different negates the very foundations of faith in anything, and demonstrates an undeniable arrogance in that we deny the existence of a divine Creator. Such arrogance by man is exactly why Satan has such power over us here. Take that power away from Satan and take your right to choose back again.
In my next article, I will be addressing some of man's theories from a secular and religigious perspective to try and demonstrate a logical and rational mode of thought. Be open, think logically, and simply redefine the course of your faith. You already have faith in something, all you need to do is redirect that focus.
If you have an interest in the Bible, missions work, or religious matters, you will most likely enjoy and learn much from site: http://www.missionsworks.org You may also want to visit my blog: http://360.yahoo.com/brantdeth
The sites are designed to teach, but also to provide numerous resources on the Restoration Movement that took place in America's early history. There are several resources that you can access from the site, as well as some very basic biblical teaching that may enlighten you or others about just what the Bible tells us, without interjection of man's creeds or opinions.
I am also working on a book of my own that should provide some interest to a wider audience, whether believers or not. The book briefly addresses some of man's theories (Darwin, Uniformitarianism, Existentialism, and others), the age of our earth (and universe as a whole) by genealogical and secular historical perspectives, and other interesting aspects of our being.
At some point, though not ready yet, MissionsWorks.org will also provide an interactive living map of where missions works are being performed globally.
Any thoughts, comments, or feedback is always appreciated! What would you like to see me write about? Let me know! God Bless You!