• Michael Haldas

Rejecting God


“God is the creator of heaven and earth. God creates the world out of goodness. He is interested in His creation, and involved with it. Unlike philosophical systems (deism, secularism) that want God disinvolved, our Christian god is a caring and loving God, the Father in heaven. He creates, keeps things into being, and provides for them as well. Even if His creation turns against Him and rejects Him - that is, the mystery of God the Father's kenosis, self-emptying - God continues to love it and care for it.” (Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh)

“…despite the Bible affirmation that we are created in the image and likeness of God, we don't seem to appreciate that God loves us for who we are as real people (our “ordinary” selves). Instead we seem to reject our birthright at times. We move through the world feeling bad about ourselves (because of our mistakes and sins), and we forget about God's deep love—a love that should be the solid basis of a self-esteem which would enable us to form sound relationships with others.” (Robert J. Wicks)

“Although God reveals Himself and His love through nature and the Bible, there are many who decide to ignore or reject Him and pursue goals they believe are more important. The Bible makes it clear that these people are idol worshipers because they give their highest loyalty to something other than God." (Life Application Study Bible, Psalm 97:7)

The fear of the LORD. This concept is the most basic ingredient in wisdom. Fools have rejected the fear of the Lord…Fools do not necessarily lack intelligence…Fools are people who reject God…All who reject God’s message are foolish, no matter how wise the world thinks they are…“In your freedom, if you reject His love, you will be forever tormented by your own foolishness. That’s why they call it hell.” (Foundation Study Bible, Proverbs 1:7, Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 53:1, 1 Corinthians 2:10, Father Barnabas Powell)

“Even after we are illumined by Christ, we can still lapse or apostatize. Likewise, the one who rejects Him initially may later repent and be saved…It is a far greater sin to have seen Christ's works and rejected Him than never to have known Him at all.” ((Dynamis 5/22/2014, Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 11:20-24)

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