Greetings True Christians!
I am returning to the United States early from my trip to the Philippines, and would like to share some thoughts on the following question with all of you in time for Thanksgiving. Should we stone atheists? Let us remember the Truth taught to us in 2 John 9, that “Whosoever … abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.” To take it one step farther, let’s look at 2 John 7: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” Would you welcome the antichrist at your Thanksgiving dinner? No? Then why allow your non-believing relatives? They should either embrace Jesus or they should be shunned or otherwise removed from our society.
The problem is that in today’s world, even if you shun someone or ostracize them, they can still weasel their way into our lives through the use of modern technology like the computer and the internet. That being said, let us consider the wisdom of Deuteronomy 13:6-10:
“If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you … Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die.”
Atheism is just another way of serving another god! Atheism is a religion too. Atheists worship man rather than God. Although I do not suggest that our first impulse must be to stone these heathens, stoning is a Biblically acceptable approach to atheism. First, I believe that we should try to convert them and to show them the light of Christ our Lord and Savior. Then, ONLY if they still refuse to repent and embrace Jesus our Lord and Savior, should they be stoned. I am being more merciful than Deuteronomy might necessitate, but Jesus taught us to show mercy, so I suggest that we first give the unbeliever a chance to repent from his unbelief before he is stoned.
Of course, some so-called Christians believe that Jesus would never condone violence. This is patently and thoroughly false. Jesus didn’t come to just bring peace, but rather to lead people to God and give people the chance to CHOOSE peace. Jesus still promised punishment for unbelievers and heathens. Let us look at His own holy words, from Matthew 10:34-37:
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
Consider this passage closely. Anyone that loves any other person or other thing above Jesus is not worthy of the love of Jesus the Christ. Therefore, it is truly fitting and acceptable to stone atheists. Let these atheists serve as an example to the other nonbelievers, so that they might change their ways. It is our job as Christians to be the arm and sword of Jesus, for Jesus told us that all of us who do not have a sword should sell our cloaks and buy one (Luke 22:36).
How do I suggest we proceed? I know it’s illegal to stone atheists without the permission of the courts here in America. What I suggest is that the Constitution actually makes it legal to do this. But first, we must test this case in a court of law. Have your congressman or congresswoman write a bill the Christian right to stone unbelievers, and if (more likely when) it is shot down by the heathen, ungodly Congress, we take it to court, as Congress has no right to pass any law forbidding the free practice of religion.
Let us take this to court before we begin stoning heathens, my brothers and sisters in Christ, but let us at least try.
Yours in Christ,