What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

These terms come up regularly in our secular world and distinguishing between them may be confusing. The dictionary definitions can be helpful, but don’t tell the whole story. An atheist doesn’t believe in the existence of God and generally dismisses the supernatural. By contrast, an agnostic is one who does not know if God exists and believes that some things, God, for example, are unknowable. In short, atheists are the ‘attack dogs’ targeting Christianity and other world religions while agnostics are generally passive resistors.

Because atheists believes positively that there is no GOD and there is nothing apart from what science can define and measure, they concludes that there is life on this earth and then nothing. Hence, if God does not exist, then there can be no divine or outside moral compass by which to live. They generally believe we humans are simply products of random chemical processes and natural selection, called the evolutionary theory.

The implications of this belief are far reaching, because atheists dismiss the notion that humans have a divine purpose for living or behaving. Each person, therefore, defines what is right and wrong in his own eyes.

Atheism is growing in popularity in America due to the influence of our liberal progressive culture and the aggressive tactics of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Evolutionary theory is being taught in schools and colleges as if it were absolutely true, and scientists who question its tenets are mocked and silenced. Many new books advancing evolutionary ideas end up on bestseller lists purporting to be scientifically based, but their content is often misleading and often advances disproven ideas. Evolutionary theory, that atheists use to “prove” that God doesn’t, ignores the fact that the hand of an intelligent designer is evident in virtually every living organism–plant or animal.

Atheists decide not to believe in God so in effect they can be their own god setting their own standards of morality and ‘hope’ that there is no judgment day. As such, for them men and women are not any better than the animals. They do not believe they are sinners in need of a savior. The joy of living in Christ is simply missing in their lives. So, they live experiencing temporary happiness but never find true peace, grace and unconditional love that only is found in a personal relationship with Christ.

On the other hand, agnostics say,  “I’m not sure whether there is a God or not.” Agnostics are generally looking and searching and can sometimes be open to discussions on the subjects of God and Faith.

How great it is to know Jesus the Savior and the certainty of eternal life. Do you know HIM? You can. Just ask. He is waiting for you. If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

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Will I recognize my parents in heaven?

Will I recognize my parents in heaven?

Many Bible scholars agree that Christians will recognize Christians who have gone to heaven before them. That assurance is based on the example of Jesus who, after his resurrection appeared in his glorified body yet was still known to his followers. In Matthew 17:1-3 we have the record of Jesus meeting Moses and Elijah while Peter, James and John watched and they recognized them. These examples give us great hope that we will definitely know those we do on Earth who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. That is one reason why it is so important for us who believe to tell our loved ones and friends about Christ. 

What we will look like in heaven is somewhat a mystery. We are promised that we will have resurrected and glorified bodies like Jesus. But Jesus was killed in the prime of his life. He did not reach old age on earth as will many of us. So we don’t know what physical characteristics we will have in heaven. Will everyone be in the prime of life even though they died in old age? The Bible does not reveal this answer. However, in the book, Heaven is Real, a young boy’s near death experience suggests this as a possibility. And what about little children? Will they be children or have matured into young adults? Again, it is a question to which we will discover the answer once we are there. Certainly those who died as infants will be in heaven. While all who are born inherit a sin nature, infants, little ones, while in their age of innocence will be ushered into the throne of God. 

We will probably all be surprised at who we meet in heaven and who is not there. It is likely that Adam and Eve will be there. Others we might expect to meet would include Noah, Jonah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, Moses, Joshua, King David, Joseph and Mary, John the Baptist, the Apostles, the Prophets, and more recent persons like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Andrew Jackson, Fanny Crosby, Charles Wesley, John Knox, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Chuck Colson and millions upon millions of others who have put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And finally and most importantly each believer will have direct face-to-face fellowship with God and with Jesus Christ. 

If you are interested in reading more about heaven, we suggest The Heaven Answer Book, by Billy Graham and Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. These books by notable Christian authors offer Biblically-based insights into heaven that are realistic and dependable.

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What is the Millennial Reign of Christ?   When is it?

What is the Millennial Reign of Christ? When is it?

To fully answer these questions, we must review the sequence of end-time events as written about in the Bible and how they affect both believers and non-believers. Though Biblical scholars differ in their understanding of these complex issues, they agree in their understanding of the effects of these events on those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

We are now in what is called the Church Age which began following Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection and the subsequent arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This Church Age will continue until what is called the rapture, when we believers and all deceased believers in Jesus Christ will be “taken up” from the earth and be forever with Christ. As to your question ‘When’, it would appear we are getting closer and closer to this event. As mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:1-7 and elsewhere in scripture, “…. sin will abound and man will deny and even mock Christ at this time.” 

Then a period of time known as the Tribulation will begin and last for seven years. During this period, there will be massive devastation and loss of life and there will be a world leader known as the Antichrist sitting on a throne in Jerusalem. It is described in the Book of Revelation.

Immediately following, a period known as the Millennium, i.e. 1000 years, will begin. It will be ruled by Christ and we as believers will be with Him as leaders. There will be also present those Jews and others who accepted our Savior during the Tribulation. This is generally referred to as the Millennial reign of Christ. Following this period comes the final White Throne Judgement by Jesus described in the Revelation to John at the end of the Bible. That ushers in the of the eternal dwelling for believers in the new Heaven and eternal separation from God (hell) for the non-believers.

While the exact sequence of the events I have just described may be debated, the important thing for you is to answer the question: Where will you be? Have you made your life’s commitment to Jesus?

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

The person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible differentiate Christianity.

The cross of Christ forever bridged the gap between sinners and a Holy God. The Bible, rightly called the book that made our world, has inspired the best of Western civilization: science, technology, education, and political and economic freedom. Because we are made in God’s image, Christianity values human dignity and liberates those who are often marginalized in other cultures: slaves, women, children and outcasts.

The founders of all other religions are dead. They have offered some sound platitudes for living a moral life, but no hope for eternity based on solid evidence. Theirs are religions of good works and self-sacrifice to gain a pardon for the worshiper’s sins.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.