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Can Man Live Without God? - Part I (2 of 4)
Can man live without God? Yes, if you believe what the atheists say. According to the American Atheists, "An Atheist loves himself and his fellowman instead of a god. An Atheist accepts that heaven is something for which we should work now - here on earth - for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist accepts that he can get no help through prayer, but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and to enjoy it. An Atheist accepts that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. (http://www.atheists.org; unless noted, quotations in this sermon were taken from the official website of the American Atheists Organization.).
Atheists "accept only that which is scientifically verifiable. Since god concepts are unverifiable, we do not accept them." Furthermore, Atheists gladly concede that the individual alone is the determiner of what is right and wrong. Atheists contend that they are inner-directed "in distinction to being outer-directed as the theist is. We rely on ourselves for the solutions to our problems . . . we cannot rely on supernatural intervention into our problem - solving processes."
A great number of people today are living lives without God. They may even profess faith in God, but they are living as practical Atheists. They may not be card-carrying members of the American Atheists Organization; but nevertheless, they have subscribed to its basic tenants: that man does not really need a god; that man is the center of the universe; and that humans alone can solve the world's problems. However, increasingly many people are discovering the moral bankruptcy of this philosophy of living - it simply will not work!
Can man truly live without God? In Romans 1:18-32 the apostle Paul set forth the truth that all peop ...
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