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Atheism and Justice – June 20

  • Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
  • Thus says the Lord: “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.” Jeremiah 22:3

Without a perfect, just God acting as supreme Judge over all of creation, justice can’t exist. Justice is rooted in objective truth, an objective, moral order. Without such, who is to say that murder or human sacrifice are wrong? After all, one might vehemently argue that the victim was deserving of death. The answer is quite simple-God said it’s wrong, therefore it’s wrong. There must exist a perfect Being from which all goodness stems, for how else can we know what is good?

Trust in God and obey God’s commands. He is the righteous King, the ruler of all, the punisher of evil. If you have been hurt, abused, neglected, or persecuted, He will make it right. He promises good to those who persevere. The English theologian Cardinal Newman once said that if he believed that all the evils and injustices of life throughout history were not to be made right by God in the afterlife, “Why I think I should go mad.” And rightly so.

Richard Wurmbrand said it well in Tortured for Christ:

“The cruelty of atheism is hard to believe when man has no faith in the reward of good or the punishment of evil. There is no reason to be human. There is no restraint from the depths of evil which is in man. The communist torturers often said, “There is no God, no Hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.” I have heard one torturer even say, “I thank God, in whom I don’t believe, that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.”

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Atheism, Daily Thoughts, June, Persecution

 

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Oppression – May 3

  • “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalms 9:9

Are you oppressed, beaten down, helpless? You are not alone, nor are you isolated. Many have been neglected, rejected, cheated, used and abused. This world is cruel, full of evil and injustice. Jesus Christ bore your pain on a cross some 2000 years ago. He had nails driven through His hands and feet so that you may be free. The Keeper of the universe knows your mourning and sorrow. He has not, no, He will not forsake those who seek His face. Lean not on your own strength, rather, run to Him. Throw everything that you are into His loving arms. There you will find peace and hope everlasting.

Preaching in these new conditions was not easy. Our people were very oppressed. The communists took away everything from everybody. From the farmer they took fields and sheep. From the barber or a tailor, they took his little shop. Not only the capitalists were expropriated. Very poor men also suffered much. Nearly every great family had somebody in prison and the poverty was great. Men asked, “How is it that a God of love permits the triumph of evil?”

Neither would it have been very easy for the first apostles to preach Christ on Good Friday, when Jesus died on the cross pronouncing the words; “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

But the fact that the work was done proves that it was from God and not from us. The Christian faith has an answer to such questions. Jesus told us about poor Lazarus, oppressed at that time as we were oppressed – dying, hungry, his wounds being licked by dogs – but in the end, angels took him to Abraham’s bosom with Christ.

– Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May, Persecution

 

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Suffering with Christ – May 2

  • “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:16-18

Do we understand what it means to suffer for the cause of Christ? The ease of life in Western civilization can be, and often is, a massive hindrance to a faithful walk with Jesus. It often diminishes the suffering of Christ along so many great Saints of the past. The Gospel requires men to die with Christ on that glorious cross, to crucify the flesh daily. If the Gospel does not create in us discomfort, whether in flesh or in spirit, it is time to return to Calvary and die with Christ. The temporary pain pales in comparison with the coming glory, this is His promise. 

I myself was later in prison together with souls whom God had helped me to win for Christ. I was in the same cell with one who had left behind six children and who was now in prison for his Christian faith. His wife and children were starving. He might never see them again. I asked him, “Have you any resentment against me that I brought you to Christ and because of this your family is in such misery?” He said, “I have no words to express my thankfulness that you have brought me to the wonderful Savior. I would never have it another way.”  Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May, Persecution

 

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