Taking A Byte Out Of Lies

Its Not Like I don't Believe In God I Just Have Not Decided Yet

Q's: "What if I don't accept God, but I don't reject him either? If I do not say there is no God, but I don't confirm that he really exists?"

Our A: Maybe it all depends on what you really know in your heart to be true. In other words, you could be before God someday and say, "But I never knew that You really existed!" And He might well reply, "Yes, you did. I made sure you did. Deep down in your heart, you knew that I existed. I know because I put that knowledge there. Yet you didn't want to know Me, so you refused to admit that I exist. You ignored the information I gave you, but it's there."

More than likely, we're accountable for what we know. The real question then is what do we really know? How much knowledge has God placed in our hearts? Whatever it is, we're called to respond to it. And it's possible that we know things that we'd rather not admit. The Bible says that the human heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).

Your question seems to be, "What if I just ride the fence and never make a decision?" That would be fine, if you truly had no information to go on. But the Bible says that God's existence is evidenced by the complexity of the world around us, and that we are therefore accountable for knowing that He exists. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

And what if it's gone beyond that? Many people have said that they sensed, for years, God "knocking" on their hearts, as if trying to gain access. If that is true for a person (and God would know), then making no decision about Him would be the same as rejecting Him. If He asks to come into our lives/hearts, there is no middle ground.

Then there's also the person of Jesus Christ. This man claimed to be God, performed miracles to back up that claim, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and left an account of His life for us to read about. This same person said, "He who is not with Me is against Me" (Luke 11:23). With Jesus, you can't ride the fence. He didn't give us that option.

 

It's All About Choice!

God won't force you to enjoy the plan he has for you. He gives you the choice to accept or reject his salvation. He gives you the choice to obey or disobey his directions. He gives you the choice to follow or ignore the purpose for which you were created. Far too many people miss the purpose of their life because of their poor choices.

God could have made you a puppet, but he didn't. He gives you the ability to choose. If you choose poorly, that choice is your greatest curse. If you choose wisely, it's your greatest blessing. Today God gives you a choice between life—choosing salvation and his path—or death. Which path will you choose?

Another thing to consider: the very reason for this life might be to make a decision for or against God. If that is the case, then maybe it is impossible for us not to make a decision. In other words, if we don't say yes to God, we have therefore said no.

 

Time Is Not Your Friend!

Another thing against us…"Time". Time is not our friend. Let's say we had a ticket on a plane to a far away city. The departure time was known to us. If you are undecided about going to that city you may wait for a time. But when the departure time comes and goes the plane has taken off and left you behind time has made that decision for you. Time is not on your side

To Make matters worse we do not know when our departure time from this earth will be. Some day at some time the departure time will have come and gone. Time to choose will have been decided for you. Not making a choice is allowing time to make it for you. So my advice is not to waste time.

Read This article about my personal struggle on trusting God. Click here.

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