An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing in Scotland when suddenly his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness monster.
In a second
the monster tossed him and his boat
high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow him.
As the man
fell head over heels, he cried out, "Oh, dear
God! Help me please!" At once, the ferocious attack
scene froze in place, and as the atheist hung in mid-air, a booming voice
from above said: "I thought you didn't believe in Me!"
"Come on God, give me a break!!" the man pleaded." Two
minutes ago I didn't believe in the Loch Ness monster either!"
I wonder what it's like being an atheist. Being sure without a shadow of a doubt that God does not exist. Not only that, but also telling others that God doesn't exist; and they are wrong to believe in a "nice old man with a beard living up in the sky on a cloud!"
I believe in God. He has proved His existance to me. But try as I can I will never be able to convince someone else that God exists. This is a decision that everyone must make for themselves. They should take that first step on blind Faith and dare to believe. That's all it takes. To dare to believe that God exists and in time God will make Himself known to you.
An atheist friend of mine said that if he were to meet God he'd ask Him why He allows so much suffering in the world. I thought it amusing that this particular atheist was presuming to meet someone he does not believe in.
I answered him: "What if God asks you why YOU have allowed so much suffering around you and did nothing about it?"
It is said that hell is the complete absence of God. But if this is so, there are a number of people on this earth right now who have a complete absence of God in their lives and they seem to be doing all right.
I believe hell is being absolutely sure that God exists, without any shadow of a doubt. Knowing that God is love eternal. And then be in absolute absence of that love for eternity.
When God created man He had two choices. To create a race of robots totally submissive to His every will and doing as He commanded. Or to be given the choice to decide for ourselves.
In His immense love for His creations God gave us the choice to decide for ourselves. To return His love or not. To obey and follow His way or not.
He even gave us the freedom to believe that He does not exist, and in doing so, to shut ourselves from His love.