Maybe you’ve seen this picture on facebook or on an atheist website…
Many atheist and people who hate God… (maliciously, and intently) misinterpret the Word of God in order to defame Gods Holy name in order to:
- Some want to provoke Christians into anger and sin (rile them up).
- Some want to promote there own man made, flawed arguments.
- Some have no reason to prove… they just hate God and hate Christians.
- Some just want to teach wrong doctrines because they love there own knowledge above truth.
- Other just want to be as vile and nasty as they can be… they want to push the limits of evil and sin by spewing hateful speech and disturbing/wrong ideas.
However, Christians should not fear or be angered by these man made arguments because there is nothing of substance in them. The picture above proves my point.
The point of the picture is fairly simple:
- This image conveys the thought that God is not a logical being, rather He is an unfair and cruel God.
- God is unfair and cruel because He allows the murderer of the victims to enter into Heaven.
- The picture also conveys Biblical forgiveness and repentance as arbitrary.
- Anyone can commit a heinous and cruel act (i.e. murder) just as long as they say sorry before they die.
Since these atheist and non-believers never bother to do honest research (for example in this case) what is the repentance that the Bible speaks of? they often remain ignorant to the topic and negligently discuss the topic without any real basis or understanding.
Q. What is Repentance? Repentance is properly understood to mean a renewed life, a change of mind–a change of the intention from wanting to sin to not wanting to sin–that results in a change in action. It involves the decision to make a change of behavior and/or attitude about something. Biblically, repentance means to turn from sin with a heartfelt desire to change and not do it again.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
God knows we are weak and prone to sin: Hebrews 4:15 says,
- “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet He did not sin.”
- In other words, God came down as a man to show us the way to eternal life… he lived like us, ate like us, was tempted like us… God spoke directly to us so that we may see Him face to face, man was able to touch Him and learn from Him… many were healed by Him and they knew that He is Emmanuel : God with us Isaiah 7:14
So Jesus also said,:
- “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
- Because He knows His creation – who would know better the Creator or the creation?
In short, repentance is NOT saying your sorry and expecting God to forgive you… rather it is a life–long process of reconciliation to God. We have to daily carry our crosses with each step we put to death the sinful deeds of the body, through the Spirit, by repenting of and forsaking sin and living to Christ (Rom 8:12-13).
- Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8
- Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
- And remember before you start judging others that “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 so thank God for His great mercy and grace on our lives.