The world today has been entertained to the thought that there is a possibility of freedom from truth. Scores everyday are been lured daily that they can live free from the reality of a deity. Many have received this thought with great enthusiasm since it is palpable that man is always seeking freedom. Religion has been like a burden to many people today. It is a burden because people do not want to be mastered by absolute ethics and absolute Truth. There are people who would rather peg on relativity other than on the absoluteness of truth. The fact that religion advocates on absolute truth makes some people uncomfortable with pegging their ethos on such a truth.
This is evident by the rise of many people professing a disbelief in any deity. This thought has been shared by many people who are arguing that religion is actually behind all the atrocities of the world. How old is religion? The truth about religion is that it is as old as the human race. Any human race that has ever lived whether their history is documented or not, has always had a religion. The fact that this good people claiming to be atheists are advocating for a new way of life and a ‘peace’ does not make their widely shared opinion true. The human race must be made aware that every brilliant thought will not always represent truth. In the Christian Bible, Paul one of the prominent apostles predicted such a rise of this men and women who would still deny Gods existence. They would do this even though they have the truth before their very eyes. They would insist on having their way (Romans 1: 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 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 people are without excuse.21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. NIV) According to many atheists, they contend there is a better and peaceful world without religion. This is quite a brilliant thought. However, all brilliant thoughts are not true. It is so evident that there has never been a world without religion. Since the earliest civilizations, the inherent truth has always remained prominent before the eyes of all mankind. God has continued to use His creation and sovereign providence to speak to his creatures so that they would honor and worship Him.
We are always very fast to point out the fear of uncertainty but forget that the presence of uncertainty points out to a great God who holds everything together; one who holds all uncertainty in His hands. This world has a greater power outside itself. The most scaring dungeon for the human soul is the presence of uncertainty before his eyes. The presence of uncertainty connotes presence of a great level of ignorance in his faculties. How therefore shall we trust a rational mind to assert to us that God is absent in His creation as an absolute truth?
Men want to be free. They will therefore follow anything that seems like giving them freedom from responsibility of a deity. They will therefore follow religions that give them the freedom to live as if God was absent in this world. This does not taint or in any way subdue the truth. In other words, the assertion that there is no God in this world does not make the facts change. It only changes an opinion of which each soul will still be held responsible over wrong choices.
God’s providence continues with all men. His truth continues to present itself before all people, though many choose to take a different route including denying His existence. This has always been the way men continue to rebel against God and depend on their rationale to understand an all powerful God. If we were able to understand God, would He truly be God? Do we need a God who can be understood and well comprehended by our dependant minds? Do we need a God who learns as we do or do we need a God who knows the end from the beginning?
It is brilliant to come up with many theories of the non-existence of God but it is not at all the TRUTH. The truth is what the world seeks for. Atheism is one of the ways that men seek truth. It is not sufficient for us to find a universal truth without God who has been, is and shall be. The Christians have known Jesus Christ as the incarnate truth/ word that Grants all men freedom from the fear of uncertainty.
The truth is that atheists will still be on the rise. But the truth will still be out there for everyone to embrace it. The atheist still fears death and has no control over it, but the TRUTH always prevails. It is only truth that can go through the grace and still come up alive. May all men of reason and love for truth walk and embrace truth for the world is falling apart. There is great turmoil and pain ahead for relativity of Gods plan. Men can choose to be free today, only free to religion, but captives to this thought. They will always seek this freedom, but true freedom is not to be found by running away from the truth, freedom is only found through facing the truth.
Benjamin K. Mutuku
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