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I have been having conversations with a fellow and I mentioned Levitical laws. He immediately wrote back with this, "Leviticus are not commandments. They were written by corrupt priests for priests." I wrote back that this made no sense. He wrote back telling me I knew nothing about my religion. Yet, he, of course, claims to be an atheist. Would you give me some feedback on his response? He did at one time also tell me I would always be wrong as long as I incorrectly believed God wrote the Bible. He says "Man wrote it for man."
An atheist is never going to understand the Bible. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 says, “12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
For an atheist to pretend that he is an expert at “who wrote the Bible,” is like a freshman in high school, who has not even taken Algebra 1 yet, trying to tell someone that there is something wrong in the way that Trigonometry or Calculus works. They are trying to speak authoritatively about something of which they are totally ignorant. The Bible is very clear in Psalm 14:1 as to the “thinking level” of an atheist: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”
This atheist’s real problem is not with “who” wrote the Bible. How many children in school have ever “disliked” a subject? For most children, there is at least one subject that they do not enjoy. How many of those children then set out to attack and smear the author of that textbook? I have never heard of a student attacking the “authorship” of a textbook. Children are more honest than that. They just admit the truth—they hate that subject, whether it be History, English, Math, etc.
This atheist that you are talking to is not being honest. His real problem is not with “who” wrote the Bible, but with “what” the Bible says. “What” the Bible says convicts him of his sin—that is what he does not like. Remember the latter part of the verse dealing with atheists? “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” That is why people claim to be atheists, because they are convicted by God of their “abominable works.”
And here is why he has a problem with the Book of Leviticus, because God tells us there things that are an abomination to Him. Leviticus 18:1-4 says, “1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God. 3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.”
This chapter starts right off telling us very clearly that what is being written down is what God says: “1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying...” So Moses may have been writing it down, but it was not Moses’ words or ideas—it was God’s Word.
Leviticus 18:22 says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Who says that sodomy is an abomination? God says it. That was not Moses’ words—that was God’s Word. Leviticus 18:23 says, “Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.” Who says that bestiality is wrong? God says it.
This is what God does to nations that ridicule his Word and practice things that He calls “abominations.” Leviticus 18:24-30 says, “24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. 26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: 27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) 28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. 29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.”
The New Testament describes it this way in 2 Peter 1:19-21, “19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
God loves this atheist man that you have been talking to, and wants him to repent of his wickedness, and his life to be transformed. Ezekiel 33:11 says, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die...? 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
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