Through The New Testament #17 — Millstone Around Their Neck

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (‭Matt.‬ ‭18‬:‭6‬)

In my interactions with atheists I often hear the sentiment that, if they are wrong and there really is a God, and if this God is as just as He says He is, He would recognize them as moral people and save them anyway. I recently heard this expressed by an atheist talk show host who, for almost a decade, has been producing content against Christianity.

This talk show very likely has tens of thousands of followers, many of them Christian. So it is not unlikely that over the course of its lifespan as many as 500 people, who might have otherwise been saved, lost their faith.

Now imagine this atheist standing in the judgment next to a serial killer who had slain 500 people. The one being a generally moral person and an upstanding citizen while the other an animal who got a kick out of seeing people suffer and die. Non the less, the 500 people that were killed most likely did not have their eternal destiny affected by this. The 500 people who lost their faith because of the talk show on the other hand will have lost out on eternity as a result. In the grander scheme of things, the atheist’s actions have far more drastic consequences than the atheist ever imagined.

Now I am not implying that every atheist is in the same boat as someone who, through various media channels, has exerted an influence over the minds of thousands. But, in causing even a simple-minded person to lose faith, they have done something that is just as immoral as any criminal act.



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