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2 Peter 3.1-9 – Pride and submission to God.
Posted: 28 January 2012 in 2 Peter

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

As with the Epistle of Jude elsewhere in the New Testament, we are told here that the faith was once delivered to the saints, and now it can neither be added to or subtracted from. Not in quite those words, but the message is the same. But here we are also told that in the last days scoffers will arise. I am not a great one for end time predictions; they arise too often, and fail just as often – with the last one being less than twelve months ago. Nevertheless, it can hardly be denied that the scoffers are out in force; especially in the West.

If one of the new atheists is asked whether he would believe in God if there ere irrefutable proof of his existence, he will be anxious for it not to appear that he is compromising his intellectual integrity, so he will say, “Of course.” However, he will then very quickly add, “But I wouldn’t worship any damn god,” or words to that effect. That sort of gives the game away. Pride – the original sin – is a significant part of the driving force behind the new atheism. The Bible is full of examples of what happens when an entire people turn their back upon God, and decide that they don’t want to be accountable to anybody or anything greater than themselves. It is usually the end of that civilisation.

The acids of pride and skepticism won’t stop at religion, even if the new atheists think it will, and it has the potential to undermine an entire civilisation. Already post modernists are calling science into question, with any claim to truth being dismissed as a power play. Anybody who listens to the new atheists will know that one of their great gods is science.

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