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A WORD OF COMFORT BEFORE YOU PROCEED: There is nothing we can do to separate us from God's love. ...Excerpted from Romans 8:39
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 THEOLOGY ASKEW? 

  A PERSPECTIVE FROM JOHN MICKELSON
 
Signs of the times? God, Not As A Religion
To believe in God is not necessarily an exercise of religion. To believe there is a God can be made self-evident by a logical and open study of nature and the scientific evidence it contains of a creative order and complexity that cannot be explained by chance or untold years of imagined randomness.

It does not take faith to believe in God at this level and, therefore, can not yet be ascribed to the level of religious practice, exercise or conviction.

In fact, atheism, in fervently adhering to a denial of that which is evident around us, is far more a religion ... albeit one of blind, prideful fanaticism ... more so than any fundamental acknowledgement of a God around us could ever be.

Acknowledgement of God does not become, in any way, an exercise of religion until belieiving in Him means more than accepting His self-evident existence; rather, it is the practice of trusting in Him and clinging to His seemingly intangible truths that challenge the pride and finite nature of our humanity that begins to define religious practice in this context.

More simply, it is when we decide we want to know the person of God and not merely the evidence He provides of His creation, that we enter into the spiritual realm. And conducting such a practice on a regular basis with others of similar ilk moves us into the definition of true religion.

What secularists are attacking as religious, therefore, is much less so than is their own blind fervor its own level of religiosity.

 

But Ne'er Forget: In spite of it all ...
God, because He is love, first loved us and continues to do so, despite His inability (due to his Holiness) to regard our iniquity. And there is much of that to regard among each and every one of us. We can choose to ignore His love, His law, His righteousness, and even His very Being; but that does not make Him go away. Try as they might, all atheists —militant or otherwise—can neither wish Him away or deny Him into non-existence.
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