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Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
My uncle, who was also my godfather, served in the armed forces in Europe as a sergeant in World War II. I remember him telling me that there were no atheists in the foxholes while they were being fired upon and eluding bombs. Although I had heard this expression before, however, coming from my uncle, these words left a lasting impression on me. It raised serious questions in my mind about faith versus unbelief and good versus evil. Pondering these thoughts, I realized that many atheists reject God because of the evil and suffering in the world. But to me, the very existence of evil in itself indicates that there is a God — otherwise how could we determine what actually is good and what is not? How could we consistently define evil without some standard of measurement imposed on everyone from outside the system? Who could have given us this standard, if not God?
Ultimately, the Lord's goodness was personified when His Son came to this earth as God incarnate. Through us, the light of His goodness continues to shine in the darkness. But we are also given the gift of free will. Thus, it is up to us to follow His light, making the right spiritual decisions. Accepting the Scriptures as our moral compass, we can distinguish the difference between good and evil, darkness and light.
Some insist that God, heaven, Satan, and hell are merely a religious theory based on a book written by man. Therefore, we can do as we please while on this earth, because there are no eternal consequences. If they are correct, then when one dies, there's nothing, since the soul or spirit do not exist. But on the other hand, if this view is wrong and believers are correct, then they have made a very tragic mistake.
Despite the evil and darkness of this world, God's light and goodness abound. Personally, I will stick with the Christian belief in the one and only true living God. There is overwhelming evidence for His existence. May we seek to glorify Him in all that we do, so that others will be drawn into His marvellous light.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we pray that those who may be seeking knowledge of Your existence will be given the discernment which can come only from Your Holy Spirit. May they find Your truth and worship You as Lord of lords and King of kings. This we ask in Your holy name. Amen.