Just Who are You Really Rejecting?

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If you are rejecting God, do you really know Who you are rejecting? Follow along with Pastor Wil Owens to get a picture of God as He reveals Himself to us in Psalm 36.

“The world views an unbeliever as one who has courageously broken the chains of religion and has set himself free to live his life to the fullest by walking according to his own interests, agenda, and desire. The world celebrates the one who denies the authority of any person or any god above him. But that’s not how God sees the one who rejects Him.

Psalm 36 says to the unbeliever, ‘If you are going to reject God, look at who you are rejecting. You don’t see the true God, you see a God of your own making. Look upon the true God. Look, behold, and live!’ God is not anything like you think Him to be. God is a great God.

Often, the unbeliever sees himself as unrestrained, unencumbered by the rules and ways of God. He or she is self-made with no need of a god. Religion is for the weak. He is strong enough and wise enough to find his own way. God is only there to take away his happiness, so he seeks to do away with God, convinced that his way is much better and far more rewarding than allegiance to God. But that’s not how God sees the one who rejects Him.” 

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

Photo Credit: Thomas Bush

2 thoughts on “Just Who are You Really Rejecting?

  1. “The world views an unbeliever as one who has courageously broken the chains of religion and has set himself free to live his life to the fullest by walking according to his own interests, agenda, and desire.”

    This has not been my experience as an atheist. Instead, I get people telling me that atheists can’t be moral, or that atheists are selfish hedonists, or that atheists don’t actually exist, or the like.

    Also, I’m sure I have no idea what sort of god(s) I am “rejecting,” if any exist. Different people tell me wildly different things about what god(s) must be like, even within the same religion. Even within the same sect/denomination of the same religion. Which humans should I believe have the right ideas about god(s), then, and why?

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    • Alex, thank you for your response and question. Your honesty and cordial manner are very much appreciated.
      Might I suggest that instead of trying to determine which group of humans have the right ideas about God that you go straight to the source.
      Scripture is divine revelation, God telling man about Himself (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In Scripture God reveals to us who He is, what He is like, and what He is doing.
      I would encourage you to read through the book of Psalm in the Old Testament and the Gospel of John in the New Testament to gain the right view of God, given by God Himself.

      Again, thank you for submitting a question, and I trust my suggestion will help provide the answer.

      Wil Owens
      Teaching Pastor
      Clovis Evangelical Free Church
      http://www.clovisevfree.org

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