Most of us have known, or know, both atheists and agnostics along with a large group of people who said they believed that there was a supernatural being that guides our lives, but could not grasp the idea of a creator, a Father in Heaven, an omnipotent and omnipresent divine being that has love for everyone and everything. Atheists just don’t believe. Agnostics just ‘can’t believe that someone with so much authority and power exists; but yet, they know there is something.
How sad that these folks have either never had the great pleasure to know the power of God, the power of prayer, or experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost). Granted; experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit is not something that I, or many other people experience on a daily basis. Yet I know people who say they have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, and some even say that they have smelled the ‘fragrance’ of the Holy Spirit. I have experienced both.
Then, there are also some who suffer from what I have termed the “Angry Atheist Syndrome”. That would be the syndrome for those who have become unhappy Christians who felt the need to abandon God. They have given up on God and Christianity for some unknown reason. So they quit Christianity and threw God under the bus both verbally and psychologically. They no longer have any use for God. Perhaps because things didn’t go their way, or maybe because of unanswered prayer; or maybe because they think they know better about their lives than God does; or perhaps they became unhappy with God when their dreams failed them.
What an unhappy bunch they must be. Perhaps showing extreme happiness on the outside, but I question how much inner happiness and peace they really have knowing that they have turned their backs on God.
If you are still a believer then you know that all of those reasons of unhappiness are ‘their’ reasons and shortcomings and really have nothing to do with God. How do we know that? Because Christians believe that once we turn our lives over to God, then everything that we pray for or about is answered in His timing. And; because we turned our lives over to God, we then are cognizant of the fact that He watches over us. He knows our every need. But that’s where people get confused. Need is different than want. Those unanswered prayers? Are they about wants ‘or needs’?
Greedy prayers always go unanswered. If a greedy prayer is answered, then we must ask the tough question; “did the answered prayer come from God or Satan”? More than likely, Satan had something to do with it.
Turning our lives over to God does not mean we don’t make decisions for ourselves and our families, but it is an understanding that we have that when God wants to answer prayer, it is answered, and only then. Christians also understand that once we turn our lives over to God, that the burden of everyday live is lifted from our shoulders. By that I mean that we must give our worries and fears to God. He’s so much more capable than we are to deal with those things.
But no matter if we’ve turned our back on God, perhaps have tossed Him out of our minds, used His name in vain, or committed a million other sins, He still loves you and me. The God of Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham is a forgiving God. He holds no grudges like a neighbor may hold against you. He hears you when you say ‘I’m sorry’ and he will once again accept all those who once threw Him under the bus, all those who were just too busy, and all those who never wanted to know Him in the first place. He hears you when you cry out and he hears your every prayer.
He waits for you with open arms.