A student was in a philosophy class, where there was a discussion about whether or not God exists. The professor had the following logic: “Has anyone in this class heard God?” Nobody spoke. “Has anyone in this class touched God?” Again, nobody spoke. “Has anyone in this class seen God?” When nobody spoke for the third time, he simply stated, “Then there is no God.” The student wasn’t happy about this and asked for permission to speak. The professor granted it, and the student stood up and asked the following questions of his classmates: “Has anyone in this class heard our professor’s brain?” Silence. “Has anyone in this class touched our professor’s brain?” Absolute silence. “Has anyone in this class seen our professor’s brain?” When nobody in the class dared to speak, the student concluded, “Then, according to our professor’s logic, it must be equally true then that our professor has no brain!”
The pressures and problems of living drive rational people to a restless search for meaning and purpose in life. Many never find answers, as they live out their lives without God. So, if an atheist friend asked you, “If God is real, what difference does He make?” How would you answer?
First of all, don’t fumble for a response. Do what Jesus often did, turn the tables, replying to their query with this question: “What is the point of life without God?” Even Solomon, who next to Jesus is possibly the wisest person who ever lived, once asked this same question: In Ecclesiastes, the book he wrote, he comes up with the answer in one word that he uses 33 times – “meaningless” – concluding without God all is futile, only He gives meaning to life.
Consequently, people need to hear about God so that they can know Him and make a decision that will change their eternal destiny. Christ’s mandate to His Church is to sow the seed of the Gospel. Sin is deadly serious and the Bible pulls no punches here. But people will follow their own desires: “For a time is coming when they will no longer listen…they will reject the truth and chase after myths.” (2 Tim.4:3,4).
For example people love Christmas, and all the naff that’s tacked onto it, but they don’t love Christ. As those verses in 2 Timothy remind us, against apathy we are to “work at telling others the Good News” it’s the ministry God has given us. To fight the good fight! “We have a priceless inheritance…beyond the reach of change and decay”, says Peter. (2 Tim.4:5; 1 Pet.1:4). Therefore, don’t worry about being misunderstood and ridiculed in family, society and popular culture. We are servants of the Church and somehow surviving against all the odds. “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.” (1 Jn.2:15)
Christmas happened once: In Jesus, God comes to us with a desire to free us from sin, evil and death and to show us how meaningful life is with Him. Easter happened once: Jesus suffered, died and rose again to save people from their sins, giving the gift of eternal life. All human hearts need do is receive, believe and not be ashamed of the Gospel which is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom.1:16).
Life without God is a daily routine of running in circles and going nowhere: Scripture is speaking clearly: “The world only offers a craving for physical pleasure…and pride in our achievements and possessions.” (1 Jn.2:16). Yet, all our money, successes, property, stocks and shares are meaningless without God. The old saying rings true: a rich man without God is just a poor man with money!
Furthermore, not only does life not matter, if God is absent from it, then it doesn’t matter how we live, as we have no moral compass, nothing to distinguish been good and evil. All Scripture is God breathed. It’s humanity’s guide. Obedience to the Good Lord’s commands results in right conduct, diligence and virtue and “anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (1 Jn.2:17).
Naturally people will retort they don’t need God in order to try living according to what they think is right or wrong, good or evil. We hear it all the time: “I’m a good person, I believe in compassion, logic, empathy, honesty…et.al” but Solomon also wrote: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Pr.14:12). It’s fundamentally irrational to think we’re the source for our moral values. We don’t have it within our hearts. There is absolute moral decline in society; godly influence is disappearing and the Church by siding with popular opinion, and finding ways to be seen as acceptable, is complicit in activities that are morally wrong and will incur the Lord’s great anger. Same-sex marriage, euthanasia, Sunday trading et.al. Anything goes. Anything is permissible. Because without God, right and wrong simply become a matter of emotions, intellect or opinion.
If God doesn’t exist then it doesn’t matter whether you are good or bad. It doesn’t matter if you are honest or you lie, whether you give or take. If no one rewards you for good, or punishes you for evil, then what does it matter? Without God there is no justice for evil. So Hitler, Saddam Husain and countless others get away with killing millions of people. Jack the Ripper gets away with it too. Without God, every unsolved murder remains, not just unresolved, but unpunished.
Divine justice is necessary for a flawed humanity rebelling against God’s authority and holy law. God’s real and that’s the difference He makes to this world and the next. Two men were discussing Christianity. One said, “I don’t have anything to do with things I don’t understand.”
“Have you had your breakfast this AM?”
“Yes, but what’s that go to do with God?”
“Did you have butter on your toast?” persisted his friend.
“Yes”, replied the man, increasingly confused.
“Well, can you tell me how a black and white cow eating green grass can make white milk that makes yellow butter?”
“No, I can’t”, admitted the skeptic.
“Well”, his friend advised, “I wouldn’t have anything to do with breakfast then.”
Eric Liddell, the Olympic runner once remarked that the Lord requires “muscular Christians”, believers who are serious about their faith. We might say we believe in God, but does He really make a difference to our lives? Are we only moderately interested in Him? Singing hymns and sharing in worship, is good, and I’m glad you’re here, but religion is not the way to salvation.
All the Bible’s teaching points to the death of Jesus as sin-bearer and Saviour. The cross demonstrates the holiness and power of God. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, instead of standing for death and destruction, it stands for victory. We are free to accept or reject Christ’s love and forgiveness; we can either live in the power of the cross, or remain ungodly. But if we are to be saved, then we must turn to God in repentance and have faith in the Lord Jesus.
Lastly, those who don’t believe in God, ignore the judgement of God. When we ignore the judgement of God, we disregard the fear of God. Without fear we lack wisdom. Humanists, agnostics, atheists by the end of their lives will come to regret their lifestyle for their lives are doomed to end in death. Not so for Christian souls, as after death, life will truly begin.
In conclusion then life without God is like an unsharpened pencil…there is no point!!
Love in the Messiah. Blessed be the Word.