The idea of a Creator causes people to embrace one of three positions: RAG. That is, religion, atheism, or living God?
Religion can be defined as acknowledging the existence of God and attempting to placate Him by formal human activity such as rituals and/or liturgy. A couple of New Testament verses give a good picture of religion: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof,” and “If a man says that he loves God, but hates his brother, he is a hypocrite and the truth is not in him.”
Atheism is the denial of God. There are two kinds of atheism: proclaimed atheism and practical atheism. Proclaimed atheism openly denies God. Practical atheism may not actually verbally deny God, but lives as if there is no God. Our society is full of practical atheists.
God is the actual Creator of all that is — the ground of all being. He is near — “In Him we live and move, and have our being.” Millions of people through out human history have lived in close connection and relationship with the living God. Their stories are amazing and can be found in libraries and on the internet. Even nowadays, millions of people daily live, led by God’s supernatural presence and power.
If you have never met anyone who lives beyond religion or practical atheism, there is a place in East Nashville where people weekly share stories of what the living God is doing in their lives. Come and check it out: The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, 225 Berry Street, Nashville, 37207, Sundays at 10:45am — the sermon free church where people are free to show and tell what God has done.
Religion has often held or strongly influenced political power and has used its power to persecute and kill sincere lovers of the living God, who it often called heretics. Atheism never held or strongly influenced political power until the Twentieth Century, but it also used its political power to persecute and kill people who sincerely loved God.