"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." — 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (ESV)
The Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and many other ancient beliefs (and some less ancient), often believed in multiple gods and goddesses. These gods were put in place to explain the "unexplainable.” Some goddess, like Arachne, (who, as a human, was so amazing at sewing that she challenged one of the goddesses, I do believe Athena, to a sewing competition. After losing to Arachne, Athena got irritated and turned her into a spider and cursed her to weave for eternity) were used to describe how certain creatures, people, places, and even weather patterns, came to be. Others, like Hades, god of the "underworld" (or basically their version of hell), were used to instill fear into others, so that they would have incentive to follow the gods. These religions, obviously, died out over time. But have they really? We can look at one of the most common beliefs today, atheism, and think that these beliefs have changed over time. But what if I told you that nothing has changed, and that the belief of false gods like the ones mentioned previously, never truly died out?
In the book of Genesis, its recorded that God created the earth and everything in it in six days. Not six million, not six thousand, but six. We know this because after each creation is written the words, "and there was evening and there was morning, the __ day.” (Genesis 1). Atheism does claim a lot of things that, when thought about, do sound much like the stories of old, where they had a god to explain the creation of every being. First of all, some atheistic beliefs, and possibly the most well-known theory, is the Big Bang. Once upon a time, billions and billions of years ago, there was a something that as nothing, yet contained everything. One day it spontaneously combusted, and out popped the universe and everything in it. After this, everything evolved more and more until we get to where we are today. Another (less popular) belief is that dolphins eventually evolved, growing legs and arms and lungs, and crawled up on the earth. This article is not about disproving these theories, which will be done in a later time Lord willing, but about explaining that polytheism is not dead. It is simply called something else.
The theories stated above seem as if they will last forever. And perhaps they won't die out before our Lord comes back, but they are certainly not new. Ecclesiastes 1:9 states, "What has been is what will be, and what has been done will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun." This relatively new belief is no different than those of old. Unfortunately, not everyone desires to follow God, so instead they follow whatever belief they feel best suits their desires. Matthew 7:13-14 described the narrow gate, which leads to heaven, that is only entered by few. Not that we should look down on others that don't believe in God, but that we understand that this is not new. So how does this apply to us as Christians?
It can become discouraging to see so many people falling away into this belief. I'm sure you have a friend or family member who has fallen for the charm of this belief. I do. It's upsetting, and it can seem like this is a new problem, and that we can't really go to the Bible for this, as it doesn't directly describe atheism. But this is nothing new, and therefore is nothing that cannot be overcome. This is something that is going to be dealt with no matter what era we live in. And when persecutions come, we can remember that "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those for those that love Him" (James 1:12). Yes, it can be a discouragement at times to look at this seeming majority, and to become overwhelmed. But no matter what is going on, we can always go back to the Bible. Today, I would like to encourage you to do just that. If you are becoming discouraged or overwhelmed by the amount of people who don't believe in the one true God, just know that it is nothing new, and that God will deliver us out of this as long as we stay faithful, whether in this earthly life, or eternal, we will be delivered.
The Virtuous Woman is the TCT version of Jayla Sparks' blog, "Marvelously Modest". Its goal is to show that although the world teaches women that to be beautiful is to be of the world, to be steeped in sin, true beauty is being godly.
Hi! My name's Jayla Sparks and I'm 16 years old. I have been a Christian for about 3 years now. I enjoy activities such as reading, writing, playing piano, and baking. My goal in life is to aid as many people as I can to reach the heavenly goal.