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Atheism

Atheism claims there is no God.

The word atheism is a transliteration of a Greek word which means "without God." The word atheos is used in Ephesians 2:12 describing the condition of being without the true God.

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: - Ephesians 2:12

Christians were at one time called atheists because they refused to acknowledge heathen Greek gods. Protestants at times have been called atheists because of their refusal to deify Mary and to worship saints. Today the term is generally used to describe those who philosphically reject a personal self-conscious deity or the absolute denial of God's existence.

There is a practical atheism as well. While God is not denied, life is lived as if there is no God. There is complete indifference to his claims, and often there is outspoken and defiant wickedness. This form of atheism is widely prevalent today.

One of the primary deceptions the devil uses is atheism, particularly the godless theory of evolution. Atheism’s denial of God’s existence means there is no moral Judge to whom people are accountable after they die. They believe they are free to sin as they please and then simply pass out of existence.

One of the most visible atheists in 20th Century America was Madalyn Murray O'Hair whose efforts contributed to the 1963 Supreme Court ruling that declared unconstitutional the devotional reading of the Bible and the recitation of the Lord's Prayer in public schools.

Today atheism is claimed to be the logical consequence of a rational system that accounts for all human experience without the need to appeal to God. Communism is such an organized and integrated system. At its heart is a materialistic view of history and the complete secularization of life.

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Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. - Acts 17:22-23



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