Atheist The Fool MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

Atheist The Fool MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

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The Atheist The Fool

BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL

DICTIONARY:

BY RICHARD WATSON

 

Ps 14:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The “FOOL” hath said in his/her heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Meanings of a FOOL

AV-fool 9, foolish 5, vile person 2, foolish man 1, foolish women 1; 18

1) foolish, senseless, fool

 

T.H. Horne Vol. 1

God’s great plan of Salvation faces the..

….the four great moral evils: atheism, skepticism, immorality, and vice….

 

…ATHEIST, in the strict and proper sense of the word, is one who does not believe in the existence of a God, or who owns no being superior to nature. It is compounded of the two terms, a negative, God, signifying without God. Atheists have been also known by the name infidels ; but the word infidel is now commonly used to distinguish a more numerous party, and is become almost synonymous with Deist.

He who disbelieves the existence of a God, as an infinite, intelligent-, and a moral agent, is a direct or speculative Atheist ;

he who confesses a Deity and providence in words, but denies them in his life and actions, is a practical Atheist.

That Atheism existed in some sense before the flood….as it is observed by Dean Sherlock, "The universal deluge, and the confusion of languages, had so abundantly convinced mankind of a divine power and providence, that there was no such creature as an Atheist, till their ridiculous idolatries had tempted some men of wit and thought, rather to own no God than such an the Heathens worshipped."

…Atheistical principles were long nourished and cherished in Greece, and especially among the atomical, peripatetic, and skeptical philosophers ; and hence some have ascribed the origin of Atheism to the philosophy of Greece…

 

These principles, with the other improvements of Greece, were transferred to Rome ; and, excepting in Italy, we hear little of Atheism, for many ages after the Christian era. " For some ages before the Reformation," says Archbishop Tillotson, " Atheism was confined to Italy, and had its chief residence at Rome.

 

But, in this last age, Atheism has travelled over the Alps and infected France, and now of late it hath crossed the seas, and invaded our nation, and hath prevailed to amazement.

However, to Tillotson, and other able writers, we owe its suppression in this country ; for they pressed it down with a weight of sound argument, from which it has never been able to raise itself. For although in our time, in France and Germany a subtle Atheism was revived, and spread its unhallowed and destructive influence for many years throughout the Continent, it made but little progress in this better-instructed nation.

Atheism, in its primary sense, comprehends, or at least goes beyond, every heresy in the world ; for it professes to acknowledge no religion, true or false.

The two leading hypotheses which have prevailed, among Atheists, respecting this world and its origin, are, that of Ocellus Lucanus, adopted and improved by Aristotle, that it was eternal and that of Epicurus, that it was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms. 

That the soul is material and mortal, Christianity an imposture, the Scripture a forgery, the worship of God superstition, hell a fable, and heaven a dream, our life without providence, and our death without hope, like that of asses and dogs, are part of the glorious gospel of our modern Atheists."

The being of a God may be proved from the marks of design, and from the order and beauty visible in the world ; from universal consent ; from the relation of cause and effect; from internal consciousness ; and from the necessity of a final as well as an efficient cause.

Of all the false doctrines and foolish opinions that ever infested the mind of man, nothing can possibly equal that of Atheism, which is such a monstrous contradiction of all evidence, to all the powers of understanding, and the dictates of common sense, that it may be well questioned whether any man can really fall into it by a deliberate use of his judgment.

All nature so clearly points out, and so loudly proclaims, a Creator of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, that whoever hears not its voice, and sees not its proofs, may well be thought willfully deaf, and obstinately blind.

If it be evident, self-evident, to every man of thought, that there can be no effect without a cause, what shall we say of that manifold combination of effects, that series of operation?, that system of wonders, which fill the universe, which present themselves to all our perceptions, and strike our minds and our senses on every side ?

Every faculty, every object of every faculty, demonstrates a Deity.

The meanest insert we can see, the minutest and most contemptible weed we can tread upon, is really sufficient to confound Atheism, and baffle all its pretensions.

How much more that astonishing variety and multiplicity of God’s works with which we are continually surrounded !

Let any man survey the face of the earth, or lift up his eyes to the firmament; let him consider the nature and instincts of brute animals, and afterward look into the operations of his own mind, and will he presume to say or suppose that all the objects he meets with are nothing more than the result of unaccountable accidents and blind chance ?

Can lie possibly conceive that such wonderful order should spring out of confusion ? or that such perfect beauty should lie ever formed by the fortuitous operations of unconscious, inactive particles of matter ?

As well, and more easily, might he suppose that an earthquake might happen to build towns and cities ; or the materials carried down by a flood fit themselves up without hands into a regular fleet.

For what are towns, cities, or fleets, in comparison of the vast and amazing fabric of the universe !

In short, Atheism offers such violence to all our faculties, that it seems scarce credible it should ever really find any place in the human understanding.

Atheism is unreasonable, because it gives no tolerable account of the existence of the world.

This is one of the greatest difficulties with which the Atheist has to contend.

For he must suppose either that the world is eternal, or that it was formed by chance and a fortuitous concourse of the parts of matter.

That the world had a beginning, is evident from universal tradition, and the most ancient history that exists ; from there being no memorials of any actions performed previously to the time assigned in that history as the birth of the creation ; from the origin of learning and arts, and the liability of the parts of matter to decay.

That the world was not produced by chance, is also evident.

Nothing can be more unreasonable than to ascribe to chance an effect which appears with all the characters of a wise design and contrivance.

Will chance fit means to ends, over in ten thousand instances, and not fail in a single one ?

How often might a man, after shaking a set of letters in a bag, throw them on the ground, before they would become an exact poem, or form a good discourse in prose ?

In short, the arguments in proof of Deity are so numerous, and at the same time so obvious to a thinking mind, that to waste time in disputing with an Atheist, is approaching too much toward that irrationality, which may be considered as one of the most striking characteristics of the sect.

The more noted Atheist, since the Reformation, are Machiavel, Spinoza, Hobbes, Blount, and Vanini.

To these may be added Voltaire the coryphaeus of the sect, and the great nursing father of that swarm of them which has appeared in those last days.

Dr. Samuel Clarke, in his " Demonstration of the Being of a God," says, that Atheism arises either from stupid ignorance, or from corruption of principles and manners, or from the reasoning’s of false philosophy ; and he adds, that the latter, who are the only Atheistical persons capable of being reasoned with at all, must of necessity own that, supposing it cannot be proved to be true, yet it is a thing very desirable, and which any wise man would wish to be true, for the great benefit and happiness of man, that there was a God, an intelligent and wise, a just and good Being, to govern the world.

Whatever hypothesis these men can possibly frame, whatever argument they can invent, by which they would exclude God and providence out of the world ; that very argument or hypothesis, will of necessity lead them to this concession.

If they argue, that our notion of God arises not from nature and reason, but from the art and contrivance of politicians ; that argument itself forces them to confess, that it is manifestly for the interest of human society, that it should be believed there is a God, if they suppose that the world was made by chance, and is every moment subject to be destroyed by chance again ; no man can be so absurd as to contend, that it is as comfortable and desirable to live in such an uncertain stale of things, and so continually liable to ruin, without any hope of renovation, as in a world that is under the preservation and conduct of a powerful, wise, and good God.

If they argue against the being of God, from the faults and defects which they imagine they can find in the frame and constitution of the visible and material world ; this supposition obliges them to acknowledge that it would have been better the world had been made by an intelligent and wise Being, who might have prevented all faults and imperfections.

If they argue against providence, from the faultiness and inequality which they think they discover in the management of the moral world ; this is a plain confession, that it is a thing more fit and desirable in itself, that the world should be governed by a just and good Being, than by mere chance or unintelligent necessity.

Lastly, if they suppose the world to be eternally and necessarily self-existent, and consequently that every thing in it is established by a blind and eternal fatality; no rational man can at the same time deny, but that liberty and choice, or a free power of acting, is a more eligible state, than to be determined thus in all our actions, as a stone is to move downward, by an absolute and inevitable fate.

In a word, which way so ever they turn themselves, and whatever hypothesis they make, concerning the original and frame of things, nothing in so certain and undeniable, as that man, considered without the protection and conduct of a superior Being, is in a far worse case than upon supposition of the being and government of God, and of men’s being under his peculiar conduct, protection, and favor.

 

Atheist, The Fool MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.


Christian Maturity, John 15:2 MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary “The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO” Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

Christian Maturity MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.

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  • Christian Why Are We saved?

Why are we saved from sin? There are those who teach, in the Christian circles, that one cannot escape from being a sinner. That one sins by accident, by habit, and that in the end God, will just have to judge you accordingly.

This is a false line of thought, however, it does mused the ear’s of those, who are living in rebellion to God’s Word, His Bible, by refusing to obey the plain teaching’s of the New Testament, in regards, to our position in Christ.

I want to touch on that subject more later, however, for now, the purpose of our seemingly trials, failures,(unbelief, doubt) and experiences in the Lord.

As a Christian, as we asked ourselves, why? why, are we experiencing this or that, in our lives? as we are attacked, on many fronts, in regards to our faith! in Christ! and His purposed destiny, for our lives?

As we apply more… as we receive more, of God’s Grace, by faith, yet, as Grace much more abounds… there are yet times, that we are inundated, with multiple temptations, and attacks, that seemingly to us, and out understanding, are quite overwhelming. 

These are explained below.


  • God’s Purging, of His Believer’s, In Order To Be Used Even More, In One’s Purposed Destiny!

 

 

Jhn 15:2 (KJV) – Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Jhn 15:2 (NKJV) – Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;* and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

branch Jhn 17:12; Mat 3:10; Mat 15:13; Mat 21:19; Luk 8:13; Luk 13:7-9; 1Cr 13:1; Hbr 6:7,8; 1Jo 2:19

and Job 17:9; Psa 51:7-13; Pro 4:18; Isa 27:9; Isa 29:19; Hsa 6:3; Mal 3:3; Mat 3:12; Mat 13:12,33; Rom 5:3-5; Rom 8:28; 2Cr 4:17,18; Phl 1:9-11; 1Th 5:23,24; Tts 2:14; Hbr 6:7; Hbr 12:10,11,15; Rev 3:19

may Jhn 15:8,16; Gal 5:22,23; Phl 1:11; Col 1:5-10

branch

Jhn 17:12 While I was with them in the world,* I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept;* and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

Mat 3:10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Mat 15:13 But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.

Mat 21:19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away.

Luk 8:13 But the ones on the rock [are those] who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.

Luk 13:7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’

Luk 13:8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize [it].

Luk 13:9 And if it bears fruit, [well]. But if not, after that* you can cut it down.’ "

1Cr 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

Hbr 6:7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;

Hbr 6:8 but if it bears thorns and briers, [it is] rejected and near to being cursed, whose end [is] to be burned.

1Jo 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but [they went out] that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

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Job 17:9 Yet the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

Psa 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psa 51:8 Make me hear joy and gladness, [That] the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Psa 51:9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psa 51:11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Psa 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me [by Your] generous Spirit.

Psa 51:13 [Then] I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

Pro 4:18 But the path of the just [is] like the shining sun,* That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

Isa 27:9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered; And this [is] all the fruit of taking away his sin: When he makes all the stones of the altar Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust, Wooden images* and incense altars shall not stand.

Isa 29:19 The humble also shall increase [their] joy in the LORD, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.

Hsa 6:3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter [and] former rain to the earth.

Mal 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.

Mat 3:12 His winnowing fan [is] in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Mat 13:12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

Mat 13:33 Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures* of meal till it was all leavened."

Rom 5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

Rom 5:4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Rom 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose.

2Cr 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory,

2Cr 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen [are] temporary, but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.

Phl 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,

Phl 1:10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,

Phl 1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which [are] by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

1Th 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Th 5:24 He who calls you [is] faithful, who also will do [it].

Tts 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself [His] own special people, zealous for good works.

Hbr 6:7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;

Hbr 12:10 For they indeed for a few days chastened [us] as seemed [best] to them, but He for [our] profit, that [we] may be partakers of His holiness.

Hbr 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hbr 12:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

may

Jhn 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Jhn 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Phl 1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which [are] by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Col 1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,

Col 1:6 which has come to you, as [it has] also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit,* as [it is] also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

Col 1:7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,

Col 1:8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Col 1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Col 1:10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing [Him], being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

 


  • God’s Purging, of His Believer’s, In Order To Be Used Even More, In One’s Purposed Destiny!

  • Christian Maturity MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.