Yes, You Can Live Without God

January 14, 2013

Yes, You Can Live Without God

            Yes, you can live without God, but don’t stop reading now.  You need to know what the end result will be.  People all around you are living without God.  That was my experience when I was growing up.  I spent the first 18 years of my life without God.  Seldom did anyone even suggest to me that I needed God.  The result was that I came to the conclusion that there was no God.

As I look back, I see that in my childhood I wasn’t aware of the serious social issues people have.  People in our rural community weren’t filing for divorce.  None of my school mates were from broken homes.  I didn’t know or hear of anyone taking drugs.  The worst I knew was that some men had a drinking problem.  I was sheltered and provided for; therefore I didn’t realize that I needed God.

In my late teenage years I began to do more independent thinking.  I began searching for a reason for living.  I became more and more conscious of an empty feeling in my life.  I felt like something was lacking.  It’s a feeling that most young people have.  They seek to fill it with things the world offers them; like academic or athletic achievements, alcohol, drugs, sex, etc.

In my first year in college God put in my path some Christian young people who made me aware of my need for God.  I could see that they had a reason for living, but it was difficult for me to accept the fact that it was God in their lives that made the difference. Because of their influence I was ready to consider the possibility that maybe there is a God.  I was fully convinced of that one day in a botany class.  I looked at a green leaf under a microscope.  I had to admit that there has to be a creator to make something as intricate and beautiful as I saw in that leaf.  Before that, I had no idea that such an intricate process was taking place in every leaf on the trees and in every blade of grass.  Life began to have meaning that it never had before.

After that I began listening with keen interest to what my Christian friends were telling me about my need of having a personal relationship with God.  I began reading the Bible and saw that it confirmed what I was being told.  One night, alone in my room, I knelt beside my bed and poured my heart out to God.  I asked him to forgive me for my unbelief and all the wicked things I had said about him.  I asked him to save me from the bondage of sin and make me a child of his.  The next morning I was a new man.  Life was never the same after that.  II Corinthians 5:17 became a reality in my life.  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  I had a reason for living that I never had before.

Yes, you can live without God, but you can’t live well.  The more I was aware of the awful sacrifice Christ made for me on the cross of Calvary, so much more was my love for him and my desire to please him.  From then on, my reason for living has been to know the will of God and please and glorify him.

Yes, you are living, but what are you living for?  Many live for fame or fortune.  Some live defeated because they can’t achieve either of the two.  Even if they do, they still aren’t satisfied.  I have often seen people being interviewed on television programs.  They have done something commendable and deserve recognition.  But, what happens the next day and the days after that?  The excitement wears off and they are forgotten.  Fame was just for a brief moment. Fortune is also a fleeting thing.  Proverbs 23:5 says, “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”  Even if they don’t take wings and fly away, we still have to keep increasing our fortune to be satisfied.  When life is over we leave it all behind.

We need to keep in mind that we have a soul that will go on living forever   Matthew 10:28 for example says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.   In Luke chapter 16 we find the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.  In verses 22-23 we read that “The rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

It’s very possible that there are those who profess to be Christians because they are members of a church.  They have adapted, more or less a Christian life style.  They probably seldom attend church.  They are not surrendered to God to seek and do his will.  They never pray like David in Psalm 139:23-24.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” If you don’t have a personal relationship with God, then you need to go to him in prayer and ask him to forgive your sin and make you a child of his.

Perhaps you have already accepted Christ as your Savior, but you are going your own way without seeking God’s will for your life.  You don’t need to ask God to save you again, but you do need to ask him to forgive you for not obeying him.  You also need to pray the prayer of David we just quoted above.

Yes, it’s possible to live your life without God; even die without God, but you can’t go to heaven without God.   I John 5:11-13 says, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.    These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”


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