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C. Dale German September 11th, 2013

Atheist Rebecca Vitsmun is quoted in Gazette on Aug. 7 as saying, “I decided it was impossible for the god that I believed in to condemn billions of people in Asia, Africa and across the world to eternal damnation for not knowing who Jesus was… I decided that all religions were worshiping the same thing as long as they believed that good was the thing to strive for.”

Two points: First, accurate Christian theology agrees with Vitsmun that God does not damn people for not knowing who Jesus “is.” Her statement lacks understanding of prevenient grace. This is God’s grace that goes before awareness of Jesus. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Second, all religions are not worshiping the same thing. Mohammad is not Jesus. Jesus is not Allah. Atheism is not theism neutered. Further, striving for good leaves “good” undefined. Good is subjective. Striving for good is salvation (if I may use that word with an atheist) by works, but “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast”

(Ephesians 2:8-10). I have great respect for honest atheists. They question and respond to incorrect theology with honest contempt. I believe many of them would have great respect for Christianity if they were exposed to biblical Christianity rather than folk theology.

— Bethany

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09.11.2013 at 11:30 Reply

Hello 

You spoke about Prevenient Grace.  There is nothing definitive in the Bible that supports the idea of Prevenient Grace. If Prevenient Grace is true, then there is no need for Jesus to die for the sins of man. Prevenient Grace is also in direct contradiction with John 14:6: “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Also, since Vitsmun is an atheist, she is basically saying "since no gods exist, religious people all over the world are really striving for the greater good.

I agree that "good" is a subjective thing.

 

 
 
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