Perspective #1 – By Authority I Will

In the political arena we have various levels of government all having divisional boundaries of authority and sovereignty.  As a living person I too am gifted some degree of authority and sovereignty, but innately so.  I make decisions and hopefully take accountability for them.  Taking accountability validates my authority over certain areas of coverage.

We often use terms like “free will” and describe ourselves as “free moral agents” but I prefer to view myself as a sovereign agent who exercises authority as a birthright.  Now I have a political front with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, directly with the mediator Christ Jesus.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle … 1 Timothy 2:3-7 NKJV

AND

11 … pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.  1 Timothy 6:11-16 NKJV

I have heard atheists say that they do not believe in God but if He did exist, they would hate him.  Then they provide all their reasons why.  I think they have this attitude ultimately because God does not uphold double standards.  As Christians let us exercise our given authority to eradicate double standards personally conducted.

14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16 NKJV

Sourced by Reason

I recommend that we listen to the wisdom of Dr. William Lane Craig.  Could it be that there is no unprejudiced reason for the position of atheism?  Consider the following two snippets from the Holy Bible.

22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’  John 15:22-25

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15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  1 Peter 3:14-16

In my search for logical evidence of Christ, I found vast resources that are openly available for all to review.  In particular I would like to introduce Dr. William Lane Craig.  Prominent atheists have suggested to their followers that they should cease any debate with him.  It seems that these opponents are not able to falsify Dr Craig’s logic and now prefer to avoid him altogether.  YouTube is a great resource for some of his works.  His website location is ReasonableFaith.org.

I lean toward the idea that all judgments for or against a belief in Jesus Christ are rooted in partiality, holding each of us to personal accountability.