Are Christians atheists?; Angels: Day 154

Are Christians atheists?; Angels: Day 154 December 22, 2016

angels_justin_martyr_1One of the most common charges against the first Christians was that they weratheists! Well, says St. Justin Martyr, we are atheists—if  you mean that we refuse to worship the demons who masquerade as gods in the pagan mythology. But we worship the only true God.

Since ancient times evil demons, making apparitions of themselves, both defiled women and corrupted boys, and showed such fearful sights to men, that those who did not use their reason in judging of the actions that were done were struck with terror. Carried away by fear, and not knowing that these were demons, they called them gods, and gave to each the name which each of the demons chose for himself.

When Socrates tried to bring these things to light by true reason and exami- nation, and to deliver humanity from the demons, then the demons themselves, by means of men who rejoiced in iniquity, plotted his death as an atheist and a sacrilegious person, on the charge that he was introducing new gods.

They do the same thing in our case. For not only among the Greeks did the Logos, reason,  prevail  to condemn these things through Socrates, but also among the barbarians they were condemned by the Logos himself, who took shape, and became man, and was called Jesus Christ. In obedience to him, we not only deny that they who did such things as these are gods, but assert that they are wicked and impious demons, whose actions will not bear comparison with those even of men desirous of virtue.

This is why we are called atheists. And we confess that we are atheists, as far as gods of this sort are concerned. But not with respect to the most true God. We worship and adore him, and the Son who came forth from him and taught us these things—he and the host of the other good angels who follow and are made like him—and the prophetic Spirit. We know them in reason and truth, and de- clare what we have been taught without grudging to everyone who wishes to learn. –St. Justin Maryr, First Apology, 5-6

IN GOD’S PRESENCE, CONSIDER . . .

Have I really renounced all the demons masquerading as gods? Or are there some false gods of today who can claim my allegiance?

CLOSING PRAYER

Guardian Angel, teach me to distinguish the false spirits from the true, and always to renounce whatever is not for my eternal good.

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  • Simply, pagan catholicism and many of her harlot christian daughters worship a three headed pagan god created of their own vain “imag”inations!

    So it is “The Way of TRUTH” is evil spoken of” because of them and all the other “christian” daughters of pagan catholicism as well!

    For their “imag”ined ‘jesus’ is of the pagan latin catholic word “iesus”!

    TRUTH IS! The Messiah’s GOD given Hebrew birth name was the same as Joshua of the old covenant! Such is clearly revealed in the greek version of the old(which is called the “septuagint”) and NEW Testaments!

    As for pagan catholicism and her harlot christian daughters?

    “Come out from among them and be separate”!