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Atheism's False Prophets
By Brian Price 10/20/2013

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"22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you." - Luke 6:22-28

Here we read in Luke chapter 6 of the imprecations of Jesus towards people who live sinful lives. In one particular verse, Jesus specifically addressed those who are false teachers. He points out the fact that although all men may speak well of them, that does not necessarily mean they are true prophets of God. I think of the recently deceased Christopher Hitchens who was a radical atheist (pictured above). He wrote a book in 2007 titled, 'God Is Not Great.' Despite the fact that he didn't believe in God, his style of teaching showed more of his contempt for God as opposed to his unbelief in God. He even took his radical beliefs so far as to even cut off contact with his own brother, Peter Hitchens, who happens to be a born again Christian. At Christopher Hitchens' memorial service, his Christian brother ironically read Philippians ch. 4 verse 8 which was also read by Christopher at their father's funeral. It says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Peter Hitchens, Brother of Christopher Hitchens

Peter was certainly a man who loved his brother despite the hatred he received from Christopher. But notice how Jesus said that all men spoke well of the false prophets.

He said, "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."

When we look at people like Christopher Hitchens, we see an unusual adoration for him. Perhaps it was due in part to him being a gifted orator. He was a gifted speaker and he had a way with convincing people to forsake their faith.

But when we compare such a false teacher to the words of Jesus, we see that there is an adoration from the people that these snakes deceive.

Why is there is such a well liking for people who teach heresy?

These kinds of questions can be answered by looking at ancient examples in the Old Testament.

Jeremiah 23 says,

"16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you."

In the book of Jeremiah, we see that God was speaking to the Jews and telling them not listen to the prophets who were speaking false visions out of their own heart.

In those days it was not uncommon for prophets to claim to have revelation from God, when in fact they were lying. Even now, you read about people who commit murder because they claim that God told them to do it. But friend, if you read the Bible, you will see that God would never tell you to murder somebody. The 10 commandments specifically forbids murder.

Jesus even said in Matthew ch. 15:

"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies." - Matthew 15:19

If anyone is telling a man to commit murder, it's his own heart, not God.

And then we also see in Jeremiah ch. 23, that God pointed out the fact that these prophets were speaking specifically to people who hated God. Verse 17 says, "They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace."

Those who despise God were having their ears tickled by false prophets who had a personal agenda. Perhaps their main reason for prophesying to the people was for money.

1 Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Such false teachers as we read about in scripture had a personal motivation to deceive on purpose for the sake of making money. And why did people listen to them? We see that it was because they despised God. It is easier for haters of God to listen to false teaching about God than for them to listen to the truth.

They don't want to hear the truth. They don't want to hear about God's love. They don't want to hear about heaven or hell. They don't want to hear that one day they will have to stand before God in judgment and give an answer for the things that they've done in life. They don't want to hear about, "Thou shalt not kill," and "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor," and "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife." They don't want to hear about repentance and faith. They would rather listen to things that have no real meaning.

2 Timothy ch. 4 says,

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." - 2 Tim. 4:3-4

Unbelievers accuse Christians of believing in fairy tales, but friend, it is the unbelievers themselves who believe in fairy tales. They would rather indulge in things like abiogenesis, evolution, and Star Trek than to listen to God's word tell them about loving their neighbor.

Just go watch any YouTube channel on video games. Most of the fans for video games are atheists. They love video games. Why? Because they have a fictitious story associated with them.

Sure it's easy to get a large fan base when you preach to please the crowd. A true prophet of God is not necessarily going to tell you what you want to hear, but he is definitely going to tell you what you need to hear.

God said in Jeremiah ch. 23 vs. 22, "But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings."

A true prophet knows that if he faithfully preaches the word of God, then the result will be revival. A false prophet does not want revival because then he would lose his business. The moment a false prophet starts off on the right track to preach the truth, he will immediately lose his fan base.

Had someone like Christopher Hitchens actually recanted his unbeliefs and started doing the right thing like his brother Peter, he would have immediately lost his following. But because he wanted to please the crowd, and because he wanted their money, he chose to remain in a pointless battle against God.

Think about it. If Christopher Hitchens had started a campaign rallying everybody to hate the Flying Spaghetti Monster, nobody would have cared. But that's because the people don't hate the Flying Spaghetti Monster. They hate God.

In conclusion, I would like to say that false prophets enjoy short lived praise and respect because in the end, they won't have any more people to deceive. When it's all over, they are going to realize who was right and who was wrong.

In Luke ch. 16, Jesus gave this horrifying picture of what it is like for people who go on living a life in total rejection of the truth:

"27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."
Jesus told this short story of the rich man who went to hell and begged for a miracle such as a resurrection to be given to his skeptical family lest they also should end up in hell where he was. But Abraham replied that they have Moses and the prophets, which means they have the Bible. Let them hear the Bible. Jesus was saying that if people do not listen to the Bible, then no amount of miracle will be convincing enough for them to repent. The Bible is all we need to believe.

For false prophets like Christopher Hitchens, it is too late to repent. He is dead. But friend, if you are listening to me right now, it is not too late. You can repent. Don't let that opportunity pass you by, because if you do, it may be too late for you.

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