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JESUS CHRIST by wulinqing

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									                        THE GODLESS WORLD
                            PSALM 14:1-7
                            PSALM 14:1a

        “Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The United Nations announced
today that the world is now officially ungodly. Although the majority
population has not believed in God since its creation, the Christian Church
has always been a menace to society. As of today, the Church has been
eradicated from this world. The other major world religions have been
growing and flourishing for the past few decades while the Christian
population has been declining. Even though the Church is gone, there are
still small lingering pockets of believers. These followers of Christ
comprise an insignificant minority and have no influence in society or
politics. The world has been waiting this day for a long time; and now, it
can move ahead with its ungodly agenda.”

        In reality, this news article makes the front page of our newspapers
everyday and serves as the leading article. It gives us a perfect description
of today‟s society and world. Although the Church still exists and has
millions of followers, presently it has little influence and impact upon
society. The majorities of peoples including many “Christian” believers
no longer fear or respect God. Yes, they call upon Him when they need
help or get in trouble, but they do no honor Him or serve Him. There is no
longer an interest in or commitment to the Christian truth.

       This Psalm is a perfect news article for the modern world.
Centuries ago, David wrote about the universal corruption and
unredeemed heart of man. We can only imagine what he might add to this
chapter today if he were alive. Sin multiplies; evil increases. In his
words, he tells the bitter destruction of evil. This chapter is identical to
Psalm 53 except for the Hebrew names for God: Yaweh and Elohim.
Note the strong beginning: “The fool has said in his heart, there is no
God” (v. 1a). God does not exist in the godless world. A fool denies God
and His existence.

         The anti-God movement practices total corruption (vv. 1-3). This
total corruption paints a very dark picture and can be seen in the
deplorable conditions upon the human race. Apart from a few countries in
this world, most peoples live in poverty and destitution. Why is this? The
fool is totally indifferent to the moral standards of the divine laws. He or
she concludes that God cares nothing about man‟s behavior, and such an
attitude brings total corruption. The words here are telling us that sin
spoils or corrupts anything that is or could be good. The godless world
gives no thought of God or eternity.
        What is the primary interest of the godless world? The center
focus is the rise of atheism, defined in our text. I am reminded of this little
story: “One goldfish told another that he intended to become an atheist.
„Don‟t be crazy,‟ the other goldfish replied, „Of course there‟s a God—
whom do you think changes the water everyday?‟” Militant atheism
denies the very existence of the one true God. Its followers hate any
religion and stand hostile toward the people of God. And they have set the
goal to free the world of religion.

        In their quest to free the world of religion, they increase the
troubles of this world. The Christian understands this ungodly world. We
were there at one time, and only by the grace of God have we been freed
from our sins. Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross for all sin. His
precious shed blood gives us new and eternal life. The ungodly have no
hope and will spend a godless eternity knowing that God does exist. But
by this time it will be too late for them; there will be no deliverance. The
picture is clear for us because the Word of God tells us how the world acts
without Him. And it reveals the one and only hope for mankind—
redemption through the atoning work of the Savior.

        The anti-God movement practices incomplete knowledge (vv. 4-5).
Because they do not believe in the existence of God, they dismiss any guilt
or condemnation. The Apostle Paul gives us a vivid insight of the world
corruption: “Because when they knew God, they glorified him not as
God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and
their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they
became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an
image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed beasts, and
creeping things” (Romans 1:21-23).

        “Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my
people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord?” (v. 4). The ungodly
world possesses arrogance and pride. They think that they are responsible
for the great social advancements. In fact, they do the opposite:
immorality, crime, abortion, euthanasia, legalized drugs, justified murders
and no capital punishment. They purport socialism, that is, sharing
equally whether you earned it or not. Higher and higher taxes must be
paid; but still, the equal societal program can never pay for their dreams or
demands. Although the ungodly world keeps demanding an equality, it
keeps heading down this inevitable road of catastrophe, chaos and
destruction.

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culprits.    They keep developing their human stupidity without
understanding what they are doing. They fail to comprehend the power of
godliness because they have never known it, nor have they taken the time
to read the instructional book, the Bible. Thank God for the wonderful
hope that we have in Him: “There were they in great fear; for God is in
the generation of the righteous” (v. 5). There end will come; they will pay
the eternal price for their ungodliness. Our comfort is in knowing the
Lord. In one quote, it says: “Atheism never wrote a line that was
comforting on the deathbed.” God keeps His people in this world as a
witness and win the world to Him. In the meantime, we have to take all
the cheap shots from the ungodly world; but in the end, the righteous will
rise up and be glorified. We cannot bail out; we must fulfill the
commission and vision that God has for this world. And then, faith will be
the victor.

        The anti-God movement practices future pessimism (vv. 6-7).
They fail to get it. They do not believe in the eternal realm. They
envision no judgment or condemnation from God. They assume that by
chance if there is a God, then His love will never destroy them. Well, all
things will be made right and there will be the complete judgment and
condemnation of evil. The Lord is our refuge. Why cannot the ungodly
tolerate godliness? The bottom line is this: the Christian truth shows who
they really are. It exposes their deceit and lies. It detects the dark side of
evil and sin.

        The great Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, was an atheist who
turned to faith in God. He is well-known for his Christian writings,
especially his most popular work: “The Chronicles of Narnia.” His
writings have been translated into thirty different languages and sold
millions of copies. Although he was well-known, there was very little
coverage of his death. He died one week before his sixty-fifth birthday on
November 22, 1963, the same day that President Kennedy was
assassinated. C.S. Lewis is an example of how God can change an atheist
into a believer.;

        There are countless men and women who have turned from
atheism to God; but tragically, there are those who have turned from
Christ to atheism. It is a sad commentary that many people cannot see the
existence and beauty of God in His world. With the godless agenda as
their priority, they destroy the goodness of God and power of salvation in
the lives of others and their own experience. They are blinded to the hope
of eternal redemption and have no belief in the future worlds. But upon
death, they will awaken in eternity and bow at the knees of Jesus Christ—
the One whom they have denied all their lives.



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         A fool denies God and His existence. This continuous denial leads
to total corruption, incomplete knowledge and future pessimism. Even
though the godless world believes it has the answers to life, it falls far
short of the glory of the Lord. The heart that does not know the truth
cannot produce the fruits of truth. We see this in the second part of the
first verse: “They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is
none that does good” (v. 1b).

         Only the truth changes the heart from bad to good. No one can
change the heart except God. Life is not real until you know God and live
for Him. The beloved disciple of Jesus, the Apostle John, writes in his
First Epistle: “He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of
God has not life” (1 John 5:12). Could it be stated any clearer? What is
this faith? It is believing in the Son of God, not just an idea or system.
Clearly, the Word of God never separates Jesus Christ and life. You
cannot have one without the other.

        Are you foolish with the world? Do you deny the existence of
God? Are you just playing with the Christian faith, not really believing or
living it in your life? Beloved of God, we are living in the godless world.
It is time to be most serious about our faith despite the attacks of the
ungodly world. This is what they do best. They have no knowledge of the
truth, so they attack it. Don‟t buy into the world, but trust in Jesus and
Jesus alone.

         “Jesus taught His disciples in parables and stories, which His
disciples listened to with pleasure—and occasional frustration, for they
longed for something deeper. The Master was unmoved. To all their
objections He would say, „You have yet to understand, my children, that
the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.‟
Another time He said, „Do not despise the story. A lost coin is found by
means of a penny candle, the deepest truth is found by means of a simple
story.‟”

         The godless world in seeking a deeper meaning to life misses the
simple story. In denying God, they miss the whole point to life and its
realities. They never find the inner peace and joy that Christ offers. And
they die and enter into a hopeless eternity. God alone gives us the
simplest truth to life—the redemption story. If we take and possess it, we
have life. If we reject it, we miss life now and forever. Do not let the
world deceive you; its pleasures do not satisfy or last. And as a child of
God, do not let the world discourage or derail you. It will all come to an
abrupt end, so keep the faith and hope within you. Thank God for the



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simple story of life. The world thinks a faith in God is crazy,
preposterous, ridiculous and foolish, but it is the world that has gone crazy
without God. Only one hope exists for this world: “The Lord is its
refuge.”




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