Lost the faith

For their heart was not steadfast with Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. Ps 78:37
Have you noticed how many Jews are atheists?
Probably one of the most outspoken is Bill Maher; but many others atheistic/agnostic Jews include scientist Albert Einstein, psychologist Sigmund Freud, astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, director Carl Reiner, and perhaps even Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.
When asked if she believed in God, she answered “I believe in the Jewish people, and the Jewish people believe in God.”
Someone recently told me of meeting a Jewish mom with an atheist son.
I admire the Jewish people, especially those that hold on to their faith in G-d.
But I think that a Jew becomes faithless for the same reason someone raised in a Christian church might turn their back on God; they see God as letting them down; the lack of a Temple, the Holocaust, and occupation of the Temple area by an Islamic shrine are all great tragedies that have happened to them.
Think about all that the Jewish people have gone through and yet their “messiah” hasn’t shown up to save them from anything.
Of course, I believe He has.
As for those raised in church that turn their back on God, I don’t think they’ve really placed their whole faith in Jesus and, like the Jewish atheist, believe He has let them down.
As a Christian, or Jew, we may have the belief that we are immune from anything bad.
Jesus said, “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matt 5:45
The word of God says that it is a blessing to have times of trouble; count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:2-8
Don’t turn away from God in bad times; become more dependent on Him.
Ask Him to get you through this hard time and He will!

2 thoughts on “Lost the faith

  1. God put me on the journey to read through the Bible from cover to cover last year. I am nearly through (and can’t wait to start over), but one of the big things I see is the constant in the relationship between God and man…and that is that God is faithful and man struggles to have faith. It is the story of Israel, God shows faithfulness and the Israelites show faithlessness over time. They are renewed through struggle and turn back to God, and then they turn away when comfortable. It is the same with the Church, especially those who are a part of a fellowship through family, habit, or guilt. They become Christian athiests much like you mentioned Jewish atheism. They are a part of the Christian culture, but do not truly believe in God or live out the belief.

    Good things are meant to turn our hearts to God…but so are the bad. We just need to learn to have trust and pray for the Christian and Jewish Athiests that the Spirit would break through to their heart and replace the stone heart with a fleshy one (just got done reading Ezekiel).

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  2. Bad times are different for me than for my spouce. I accepted Christ years before he did, so I guess I have a head start. But, it is becuse of past hard times & God’s faithfullness that my hope flourshes. In Revelation it said “to the overcommer I will give…” that means we must go through. Once I surrender to God’s way, I have His divine help. Times are not going to get better for anyone, but God remains the same. It is He who will meet our needs. Thank You Lord Jesus.

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