God loves all people

398 God loves all peopleFriedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) became known as "the ultimate atheist" due to his derogatory criticism of the Christian faith. He claimed that Christian writing, especially because of its emphasis on love, was a by-product of decadence, corruption, and revenge. Instead of even allowing the existence of God to be possible, he announced with his famous saying "God is dead" that the great idea of ​​a god had died. He intended to replace the traditional Christian faith (which he called the old dead faith) with something radically new. By the news of the news that "the old god is dead," he claimed, philosophers and free spirits like him would be enlightened by a new departure. For Nietzsche, the new departure consisted in a society of "happy science" in which one was free from the repressive faith, which robs people of their joy through narrow boundaries.

How do we stand atheists?

Nietzsche's philosophy has motivated many people to accept atheism. Even among Christians, there are some who welcome his teachings, believing that they condemn a form of Christianity that pretends to be dead. What she overlooks is that Nietzsche considered the notion of any god to be absurd and considered every kind of belief stupid and hurtful. His philosophy is in contrast to biblical Christianity, which does not mean that we want to confront him or other atheists. Our vocation is to help people (including atheists) understand that God is there for them. We fulfill this vocation by exemplifying a way of living with our fellow human beings that is characterized by a joyful relationship with God - or as we say in the WKG, by living and sharing the good news.

398 god is dead NietzscheYou've probably seen a sticker (as shown) that makes fun of Nietzsche. What is not taken into account here is that Nietzsche wrote several poems a year before he lost his mind, indicating that he had changed his view of God. Here is one of them:

No! Come back, with all your tortures!
To the last of the lonely. Oh come back!
All my tears streams are running towards you!
And my last heart flame You glows on it!
Oh come back, my unknown god! My pain! My last luck!
Misunderstandings about God and the Christian life

There does not seem to be an end to the misrepresentation of God that keeps igniting the flame of atheism. God is misrepresented as vindictive, authoritative and punitive instead of the God of love, mercy and justice. The God revealed in Christ, who invites us to accept a life of faith in him and to leave the path of life that leads to death. Instead of living a life of a condemned and oppressed, the Christian life is a joyful participation in Jesus' ongoing ministry, written in the Bible, that he did not come to judge the world, but to save it (Joh. 3,16-17). For the right understanding of God and the Christian life, it is important to realize what the difference between God's judgments and condemnations is. God does not judge us because he is against us, but because he is for us. Through his judgments, he points to ways that lead to eternal death - these are ways that dissuade us from fellowship with him, through which we receive well-being and blessing through his grace. Because God is love, his judgment is directed against everything that stands against us, his beloved. While human judgments are often understood as condemnation, God's judgments show us what leads to life in comparison to what leads to death. His judgments help us escape condemnation for sin or evil. God sent His Son into the world to defeat the power of sin and to save us from their slavery and their worst consequence, eternal death. The triune God wants us to recognize the only true freedom: Jesus Christ, the living truth that sets us free. In contrast to Nietzsche's misconceptions, the Christian life is not under the pressure of reprisals. Instead, it is a joyful life in and with Christ through the Holy Spirit. It involves our participation in what Jesus does. Personally, I like the explanation some athletic people derive: Christianity is not a spectator sport. Unfortunately, even some people misunderstand this and have led others to press for their salvation. There is a big difference between doing good works for salvation (which puts the emphasis on us) and our participation in the works of Jesus, who is our salvation (which puts the emphasis on him).

Christian atheists?

Maybe you've heard the term "Christian atheist" before. It is used for people who claim to believe in God, but know little about it, and live as if it does not exist. A sincere believer can become a Christian atheist by ceasing to be a faithful follower of Jesus. One can so plunge into activities (even those with Christian labels) that one becomes a part-time follower of Jesus - concentrating more on activities than on Christ. Then there are those who believe that God loves them and that they have a relationship with him but see no need to participate in the life of the church. By adhering to this view, they (perhaps unknowingly) reject their affiliation and active membership in the body of Christ. While occasionally trusting in the guidance of God, they do not want him to take complete control of their lives. They want God to be their co-pilot. Some prefer that God be their flight attendant, who should occasionally bring something inherited. God is our pilot - he sets the direction that leads us to real life. Truly, he is the way, the truth and the life.

Participation with God in the community of the Church

God calls believers to bring many sons and daughters to glory with Him (Heb. 2,10). He invites us to join in his mission to the world by living and sharing the gospel. We do this together as members of the Body of Christ, the Church ("Serving is a Team Sport!"). No one has all spiritual gifts, so everyone is needed. In the community of the Church we give and receive each other - we build and strengthen each other. As the author of Hebrews reminds us, we do not abandon our meetings (Hebrews 10,25), but come together with others to do the work in which God has called us as a community of believers.

To rejoice in the real, eternal life with Christ

Jesus, the Son of God made man, sacrificed his life so that we should have "eternal life and fullness" (Jn. 10,9-11). This is not a life of guaranteed wealth or good health. It does not always go away without pain. Instead, we live in the certainty that God loves, forgives, and accepts us as His adopted children. Instead of a life of pressure and tightness, it is filled with hope, joy and certainty. It is a life in which we move forward to become what God has set for us as followers of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. God, who judged evil, has condemned it on the cross of Christ. Therefore, there is no future for evil, and the past has got a new direction in which we can participate through faith. God did not allow something to happen that he can not reconcile. In fact, "every tear is wiped away" because God, in Christ and through the Holy Spirit, "makes everything new" (Revelation 21,4-5). That, dear friends and co-workers, is the really good news! It says that God does not give up anyone, even if you give it up. The Apostle John declares, "God is love" (1 Joh 4,8) - Love is his nature. God never stops loving us, because if he did, he would act contrary to his nature. Therefore, we can be encouraged in the knowledge that God's love includes all people, whether they have already lived or are still alive. This also applies to Friedrich Nietzsche and all other atheists. We may hope that God's love also reached Nietzsche, who, just before the end of his life, experienced the repentance and faith that God intends to bestow on all human beings. In fact, it will be that "anyone who invokes the name of the Lord will be saved" (Rom. 10,13). How wonderful that God never stops loving us.

Joseph Tkach

president
GRACE COMMUNION INTERNATIONAL


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