Skip to comments.Does God Use Atheists To Fulfill His Will?
Posted on 12/09/2010 7:30:00 AM PST by pinochet
Europe is the continent that created the Christian civilization of the West, that is now in danger of being destroyed by radical Muslims. The only person in Europe who stands up in passionate defence of Europe's Judeo-Christian civilizational values is Geert Wilders of Holland, who is an atheist.
Wilders is a former Catholic who lost his faith and became an atheist. But he has spoken out in defence of the historical role that Christianity and Judaism have played, in creating Europe's prosperity and freedom. He is also Europe's most passionate defender of Israel, and he defends Israel with a zeal that exceeds that of America's evangelical Christians. He is doing a better job defending Judeo-Christian civilization, than most of the Bishops and Cardinals of the Catholic Church.
When most Church leaders in Europe and America pander to radical Muslims, Wilders denounces Islamic extremism. Most Church leaders in America and Europe spoke out against the burning of a Koran in Florida. But there was silence when Iraqi Christians were murdered in their churches. Wilders has been consistent in defending the rights of persecuted Christians, Jews, and women in the Muslim world.
Are some atheists doing the will of God? In the Bibilical story of the good Samaritan, two religious people refused to help a wounded man. But a non-believer, the Samaritan, took the wounded man to hospital on his donkey. Didn't that Samaritan qualify to go to heaven?
“Does God Use Atheists To Fulfill His Will?”
He uses those that worship false gods to fulfill His will, why wouldn’t He use atheists?
I forget where it is written (I’m sure some FReeper will tell me), but there is a passage that says (paraphrasing) “If a heathen does according to the Law, is it not accorded to him as righteousness?”..........
God is absolutely sovereign and rules over all. All through the Bible God uses ungodly men to carry out His sovereign will beginning in Genesis.
Satan was created by God and is under God’s control. He cannot do anything without asking permission from God, first. Obviously, that does not qualify him for Heaven.
Being an instrument in God’s providence does not qualify a person for Heaven.
God is in the Heavens. He does whatsoever He pleases.
—from ¨The Pentateuch and Haftorahs¨, Dr JH Hertz, CH, Late Chief Rabbi Of The British Empire....
¨God had suffered the heathens to worship the sun,moon and stars as a stepping stone to a higher stage of religious belief. That worship of the heathen nations thus forms part of God´s guidance for humanity.
But as for the Israelites, God had given them first hand knowledge of Him through the medium of Revelation. It is for this reason that idolatry was for them an unpardonable offence; and everything that might seduce them from that Divine Revelation was to be ruthlessly destroyed.
Hence the amazing tolerance shown by Judaism of all ages towards the followers of other cults, so long as these were not steeped in immorality and crime. Thus the prophet Malachi declares even the sacrificial offering of heathens to be a glorification of God (Mal 1:11).
Equally striking is the attitude of the Rabbis toward the heathen world. War had been declared against the Canaanites not because of matters of dogma or ritual, but because of the savage cruelty and foul licentiousness of their lives and cult.
But the Rabbis never regarded the heathens of their own day as on the same moral level with the Canaanites. Their contemporary heathens in the Roman and Persian Empires obeyed the laws of conduct which the Rabbis deemed vital to the existence of human society, the so-called ´seven commandments given to the children of Noah´. They wisely held that in their religious life these heathens merely followed the traditional worship which they had inherited from their fathers before them, and they could not therefore be held responsible for failure to reach a true notion of the Unity of God. Such followers of other faiths they taught were judged by God purely by their moral life. ´The righteous of all nations have a share in the world to come,´ and are heirs of immortality, alongside the righteous in Israel.
A later midrash proclaimed: ´I call heaven and earth to witness that, whether it be Jew or heathen, man or woman, freeman or bondman only according to their acts does the Divine spirit rest upon them. And in the darkest days of the Middle Ages, Solomon ibn Gabirol, the great philosopher and Synagogue hymn writer, sang
´Thou art the Lord,
And all beings are thy servants, Thy domain;
And through those who serve idols vain
Thine honor is not detracted from,
For they all aim to Thee to come.´
This is probably the earliest enunciation of religious tolerance in Western Europe.¨
It’s pretty clear that he does...
Does God Use Atheists To Fulfill His Will?
Romans 9:17, 20-21 ASV
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, For this very purpose did I raise thee up, that I might show in thee my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth.
He used Pharaoh back in the old days did He not?
i know God used a couple of confused lapsed catholics, one a pseudo christian, new ager...etc...to turn me back to my cathoic fatih...yup, he uses whoever and however, for the greater good.....most folks dont realize it...
>> Are some atheists doing the will of God? In the Bibilical story of the good Samaritan, two religious people refused to help a wounded man. But a non-believer, the Samaritan, took the wounded man to hospital on his donkey. Didn’t that Samaritan qualify to go to heaven?
Two separate questions ...
(1) Yes, I believe God can work through atheists and non-Christians to acheive His will.
(2) No, that doesn’t necessarily mean they “qualify” to go to heaven. I can’t speak for the Salvation of any particular individual (including the Samaritan), particularly those whose lives preceded the death and resurrection of Christ (I’m honestly not entirely sure about the qualifications for pre-Christ Salvation). But, someone doing something according to the will of God at sometime in their lives does not, by itself, grant Salvation.
Yes. And for all we know, Pharaoh may be in Heaven right now throwing one back with Moses.
Pharaoh wasn’t an ‘atheist’... he believed he was god!
I believe God uses satan to His advantage. Many times satans goes too far and runs people TO God instead of away from Him.
He’ll use whatever He wants to use. He’s God!
Will an atheist get to Heaven? My belief is good deeds does not get you into Heaven. There’s only one way in.
All people have a connection to the divine and all people have a mission to learn lessons. Therefore all people manifest the will of God in some way.
I am familiar with Ezekiel, and that particular chapter. But there is a statement to the effect of what I wrote, somewhere, but I cannot remember where..............
Many times satans goes too far
He can’t go one step further than what God allows.
“Simon, Simon, Satan had requested permission to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail, and when you are converted, encourage your brothers.”
I’ve feasted on this passage for over 20 years. When things seem out of control, and don’t make sense, think on what God has said here.
As Bobby sang, “You Gotta Serve Somebody.”
Not to be contentious but if God gives man free will then God making people do His will takes that away. The only reason man does evil is because he can, he’s not prevented from doing it. Conversely man is capable of doing good as well. He has a choice. (Man being editorially mentioned).
Uh, no. Not for that act alone.
I just looked on Bible Gateway for 15 minutes through all references to ‘Righteousness’ (NIV) and only saw the turning away accredit - not current-heathen = accredit. Let me know if you find it.
It's important to remember that scripture repeatedly says "None are righteous". If a heathen does according to the law, it would indeed be accorded to him as righteousness. But to be righteous under the law, you have to keep ALL of the law, ALL of the time.
To be righteous is to be perfect. "Be ye perfect, for I am perfect." "Be ye holy, for I am holy.". There are two ways to be perfect. Keep the law, which scripture says, nobody except Jesus has done or be forgiven.
Three times Jesus was asked how to have eternal life. The first two times, when asked by the lawyer and the rich young ruler, Jesus answered keep the law, but he did it in such a way, that it became apparent to the person that they had failed to keep the law. The third time to Nicodemus, he said you "must be born again." (John 3).
1 Samuel 26:23
The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.
2 Samuel 22:25
The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.
The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
Isaiah 41:2 (In reference to CYRUS, a heathen king of the Persians and the Medes)
Who has stirred up one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service ? He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow.
God Bless Geert Wilders . . . and He has.
If Mother Theresa were an atheist, would you blaspheme her?
It comes down to Good Works or Good Faith?
Some churches believe that good works alone will not get you to heaven. Some churches believe that no matter what you do, your fate is predestined by God. Christian dogma can be quite incoherent.
Reincarnation and karma ( which were accepted by the Catholic faith for hundreds of years ) are the only logical precepts that help me understand all the cruelty, inhumanity, and inexplicable unfairness ( why bad things happen to the good and innocent ) of this world.
For example, my belief in reincarnation helps me understand abortion. I know that aborted soul will be given another chance in a better home. The moral dilemma is all on the woman, and her decision will affect her karma.
I’ve never understood predestination. Does God know what we are going to do before we do it? What is the point of that? Karma is the consequence of our free will.
Sorry to get off track. Geert Wilders is a man of good works, atheist or not. Now when will Glenn Beck realize that?
In this lifetime, Wilders is an atheist, albeit a rather good one who risks his life to guide his countrymen. Not a lot of Christians can say that about themselves.
“But a non-believer, the Samaritan,”
False. The Bible never said or implied that. The Samaritans were only half Jewish and therefore were looked down upon by fullblooded Jews who regarded them as little better than dogs. That does not imply that Samaritans had no religious faith, as evidenced by the woman Jesus met at the well.
Of course God uses atheists to fulfill his will. Witness Herod, Pontius Pilate, Abraham’s illegitimate son Ishmael, etc.
It’s really a very dumb question.