Atheist, 1570s, from Fr. athéiste (16c.), from Gk. atheos “to deny the gods, godless,” from a- “without” + theos “a god.”
Agnostic, 1870, from Gk. agnostos “unknown, unknowable,” from a- “not” + gnostos “(to be) known.”
Many atheists pride themselves that their views are based on knowledge and not beliefs. While they claim there is no good evidence for God’s existence, neither can they say they know God does not exist. To know God does not exist would require all knowledge of existence, which no person has. To accept the badge of agnostic is in conflict with the atheist’s claim that they only hold views based on knowing something. So to avoid calling themselves agnostic, the definition ‘lack of belief in God’ has come about so the term atheist can still be without acknowledging it is a belief.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
According to this verse, true Christians not only believe in God, but know Him. Not all who claim to know God actually do.
James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
If false prophets are rejected by Jesus, how much more will those who outright deny Him.
Matthew 10:13 “but whoever denies me [Jesus] before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
People who abandon their faith prove they never knew and loved Jesus. According to the evangelical pastors I’ve polled, about 40% of evangelical church members are only Christians in profession, but not in possession.
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