I’m a former atheist. However, that wasn’t always the case.
I was born into a Christian family to a pair of loving parents who taught me the Bible and the ways of God.
But in high school, something bad happened to my family.
My dad made a bad real estate investment with his best friend.
Actually, my dad’s best friend ended up lying to him about parts of the real estate business deal. Things for my family took a turn for the worse.
We went from being financially blessed to being financially cursed in a 24 hour period.
My dad ended up being under a lot of stress and pressure. As a result, he got a disease known as delusional schizophrenia.
It’s a disease that can affect people when they’re under extraordinary stress.
At that point, I asked God to heal my dad as soon as possible, but God didn’t do it.
To me, it seemed like God was unresponsive.
I asked God to restore my family’s finances as soon as possible, but God didn’t do that either.
It seemed like God was nowhere to be found.
When I didn’t get what I prayed for, I thought that everything that I was taught about God and Christianity was wrong.
I abandoned my beliefs, and I became an atheist. I was an atheist for eight years.
Why Some People Stop Believing in God
Most atheists that I know have somewhat of a similar story to mine.
They believed in God at one point in their life, but then something personal happened to them that made them stop believing.
Today, there are many people who look at our world and say that there couldn’t be a God.
That’s because they see all the evil and sufferings in the world.
They think that surely if a loving God exists, then He would help out the hungry, the sick, and the needy.
Surely if God existed, then He would have helped out my family by restoring our finances and healing my dad when I prayed for these things.
But there’s something they’re overlooking.
In today’s video, I share with you part one of a video series on why God allows so much suffering in the world.
God is delaying His judgement of this world for one day in the future.
If God were to judge you and me, then we’d be found guilty of breaking His laws.
1. Think about all the times that you’ve lied in your life. God says we shouldn’t lie, but we do it because it’s in our sinful nature. (Revelation 21:8)
2. Have you ever hated someone? I have. God says that if we hate someone then it’s the equivalent of murder. I’m not the judge; God is, and He sets the rules. (1 John 3:15)
3. Have you looked upon another person with lust? God says that’s the same as committing adultery, or having sex with someone outside of marriage. (Matthew 5:27-28)
I could go on, but the list is long. God says that if we break just one of His laws then it’s the same as breaking all of them.
That’s because the punishment is the same for breaking one or all of God’s laws. The punishment is spiritual death.
Spiritual death is when someone’s spirit goes to a terrible place called hell. It’s a place that was made for the devil and his demons.
God doesn’t want you and me to die in hell, He wants us to live with Him forever in heaven.
God sent Jesus to take my punishment and yours. He is our substitute.
All He asks is that you receive this substitution by believing that Jesus died, and rose from the dead for your sins.
Believing that Jesus died and rose for your sins will cause you to repent, or make a U-turn from your sins.
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death.2 Corinthians 7:10
Imagine that you’re swimming on the deep side of the ocean where you can’t touch the ocean floor.
There are big waves that come crashing against you and your about to drown. Ocean water begins to go into your mouth, and you can hardly breathe.
All of a sudden, a boat comes up beside you, and they throw to you a life jacket. You put it on quickly, and now you’re able to float to the top.
You can finally breathe, and you regain your composure.
Jesus is your life jacket. He is the only thing that will keep you from spiritual death.
Then read your Bible and find out how to listen to God’s voice.