Before I begin, let me just clarify that I used to be agnostic.
Yes, it is easy to be agnostic when you are young, when life is good, the possibilities are endless, and the world is your playground. It is very easy to be an atheist when you drive your fancy car to a fancy spa and your fancy friends commend you because “you’ve made it.”
But it is difficult to be an atheist when you are lying on your deathbed and the doctors say there is nothing they can do. It is difficult to be an atheist when you realize all the money in the world can’t save you. It is difficult to be an atheist when hope goes out of the window and you start wondering: “What if grandma was right?”
A 28-year-old agnostic I knew died recently because when the doctors told him there was nothing they could do he probably thought he was done for. By choosing to be agnostic (which, in my opinion, is plain stupid when you have no other options left), he denied himself the God-given right to hope beyond hope…and pray.
Maybe things would have turned out differently if he had bothered to read the Bible. Then, he would have known what King Hezekiah did when he was handed a similar prognosis.
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” (2 Kings 20)
Hezekiah was dismayed to learn he wouldn’t make it, but he did not let that stop him from hoping. He turned to the wall. In other words, he refused to accept the reality staring him in the eye, choosing instead to look at God, who always has the final word.
Hezekiah wept bitterly and asked God to spare his life. That was his only request. In return, he got an assurance of quick recovery, a 15-year extension of life, and a guarantee of total protection.
That’s what you get when you choose to hope beyond hope.
Unbelief, on the other hand, gets you nowhere.
To quote A. W. Tozer: “Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its trust, not in the living God but in dying men. The unbeliever denies the self sufficiency of God and usurps attributes that are not his. This dual sin dishonors God and ultimately destroys the soul of man.”
By choosing not to express FAITH, a key requisite for potential miracles, my agnostic friend refused God’s help. He made a choice. And we know all too well that God does not mess with free will.
Worst of all, this man probably also disqualified himself from the prospect of eternal life in the hereafter.
In retrospect, being an atheist does not carry many perks. Think about it. What is better?
— To die believing and just end up dead; or
— To die an atheist and find out you had it wrong all the time.
Trust me, you won’t be laughing when the roof is on fire and you realize you’re going to be stuck inside forever.
God does exist. Look around. The evidence is everywhere. To deny His existence simply because we haven’t experienced Him yet is rather naive. It would be akin to saying 9/11 or the Second World War never happened because we did not experience it.
Consider this: We live in an age when science is at its zenith and pervades every aspect of our lives. Then why does more than 80 percent of the global population still believe in God? The answer is simple: The soul remembers heaven.
Just because God is too big for us to comprehend does not mean He does not exist. I mean think about it. We cannot even speak a grain of sand into existence. How big would God have to be to speak the sun, the moon, the earth and everything else into existence? The universe is expanding at the speed of light even as you read this just because He once said, “Let there be light.”
The plain truth is this: Some people choose to be agnostic not because they have hard evidence that God does not exist, but because they know if they take Him out of the equation it becomes easier to live life on their own terms.
To this lot I say: Well, too bad. I feel sorry for you. The devil’s got you in a bind and you don’t even know it. Maybe you’ll have a change of heart if, heaven forbid, your body is riddled with cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes or other such disease later in life. Let’s just hope it’s not too late then for your soul to be saved.
If you finally realize that God does exist and commit your life to Him in your 50s or 60s, good for you. It might be a little depressing though to think you squandered away the best years of your life and are now offering your worn-out body to God.
But to each his own.
There are many who have made a conscious decision to totally commit their lives to God only once they are in their 50s or 60s. No point coming to Him too early, right? I mean why hurry when there are so many other interesting things to do?
Unfortunately, no one knows when the final whistle will blow. People find out they are in hell only when they are burning.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get with the program. Get into the Light. Get “Saved!”
If you need help to wriggle out of the hole you’ve dug yourself into, you are looking for Jesus. Call and He will answer.
Time is running out.
You don’t know what’s coming down the road. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Do yourself a favor: Don’t be caught dead without Jesus.