Friday, December 17, 2010

IS GOD REAL?

by Molly Noble Bull 

Yesterday my husband and I listened to John Stossel’s new TV show on Fox Business Channel, and John had two guests on his show—one was an atheist and the other was a Catholic priest. John asked provocative questions on his show. Is God real? Does He really exist? Then John went on to say that he was an agnostic—which means he isn’t sure whether God is real or not.
His entire program challenged me to write John a letter; so I did. Read on to see what I wrote. When you have finished, continue reading all about Cecelia’s new book.
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Dear John Stossel,
You seem like one of the nicest men on TV, and we have been watching your new show. I praise your honesty, but I was disturbed to hear that you don’t believe in God. Your lack of faith shows a serious lack of judgment on your part, John, and I don’t think the priest on your TV show gave very good answers to your faith problem.
The Bible calls those who refused to accept the truth found in the Bible fools. You and the atheist-guy you had on your program are gambling away your rights to true happiness for all eternity on a whim. Poor me, you say, I just don’t know if God is really real.
So I say to you. Is John Stossel really real? Is the atheist on your show real? Or are you merely shadows of the men God made you to be?
Science is constantly changing. What they prove to be a fact one day is disproved the next, but the Holy Bible never changes. The Bible is truth. Therefore, you will have no excuse on Judgment Day. Unless you repent and accept the pardon Jesus paid for you by dying on the cross to pay for your sins with his own blood, you and your atheist friend will burn in hell for all eternity. It’s just as simple as that. No exceptions.
Why, you say? I’m a nice person and lead a pretty good life. Why must I burn in hell for all eternity merely because I am unwilling to put my faith in God? 
Think of a men’s swimming club. You can’t enter the club’s swimming race unless you are a member of the club. You might be a better swimmer than any member of that team, but again, you can’t enter the race unless you are a member of the club. Club rules.
God has rules, too. I suggest you learn them and put them into practice. Otherwise, you will spend all eternity in hell whether you personally believe that hell exists or not. God knows it exists, and He makes the rules. Not you. 
There really is a heaven and there really is a hell. There really is a God and there really is a devil. God loved you so much, John, that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus, to die on a cross to pay for your sins, and if you were the only person who ever lived, He would have done it—just for you. God loves you that much. Can you not find it in that heart of yours to love God in return? And can you not show your love for God by getting down on your knees right now, humbly repenting of all your sins and promising to follow Him forever and in the name of Jesus? What do you have to lose except hellfire? 
That fire is real, John, whether you believe it or whether you don’t. 
May you seek and find the truth in Jesus Christ and find it today.
Tomorrow might be too late.
Sincerely,   
Molly  

9 comments:

Molly Noble Bull said...

Don't forget to scroll down and read about Cecelia's book. It's on sale now.
Love,
Molly

Teresa Slack said...

Molly, what a brave letter. We need the nerve to say that to all our unsaved loved ones. Hell is a real place. If we saw our neighbor running into a burning building, wouldn't we do everything in our power to stop him?

Teresa Slack said...

Love the cover, Cecelia. What a bargain. Great stocking stuffer, everyone.

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Molly, that is a brave letter. Most Christians aren't that honest with unsaved friends and family members. Ironically, the first novel in Chesapeake Weddings is entitled John's Quest! The character is named John and he's an agnostic - he's unsure if God exists. He goes on a quest, searching for truth, searching for answers to his questions. He takes a class at his friend, Monica's church, determined to find out if God really exists.

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Here's a brief summary of John's Quest, book one in the Chesapeake Weddings collection. The subject matter is similiar to what Molly is talking about in this blog post:

John French, a science professor, is an agnostic--he’s unsure if God exists. When he’s hired to tutor a blind seven-year-old child, Scotty, he finds himself falling for the child’s beautiful aunt/guardian, Monica Crawford. Monica’s life changes drastically when her irresponsible younger sister abandons her handicapped son on her doorstep. As John helps Monica to educate her nephew, he falls in love with her. However, problems arise when Monica, a devout Christian, finds herself drawn to Scotty’s handsome and intelligent tutor. Monica finds herself in a bind because she knows it’s a sin to be unequally yoked with a non-believer. How in the world can these two lovebirds overcome the huge problems that stand in the way of their relationship?

Molly Noble Bull said...

Great plot, Cecelia. I want to read that book. Was Monica as "bold" as I was in my letter? It was easier to write the letter to John Stossel, a person I don't know personally, than to witness to a family member.
Love,
Molly

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Hi, Molly. No, Monica was not as bold as your letter. But, instead of Hell, she asked John about a loving God, someone that gave you eternal life in Heaven, didn't he want to accept Him into his life? They had some conversations in the book during John's Quest to find the truth about Jesus. Since it's a Heartsong, and a romance, you know he does accept Christ eventually. John wonders about the world's suffering, people dying and starving on this earth. Why does God allow that? These are the types of questions to which he seeks answers.

Molly Noble Bull said...

We are all different. John Stossel is not as young as he looks, and he's been around a long time and would have heard about heaven. I think John and others like him need to learn about hell.
When I was first saved, I already believed in God and heaven. But I knew nothing about the devil and hell.
At this point in John's life, I think he needs to get serious -- learn that hell is real and waiting for him unless he chooses to repent.
If thoughts of heaven don't work, there is a good chance thoughts of hell will.
Love,
Molly

Katy King said...

Molly writes the best letters. I hope he gets it and thinks on what was said here.