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Over the past few years we’ve noticed an increasing number of atheist billboards going up. Many of these billboards attack the truth of Genesis, take Scripture out of context, or claim that there is no God or afterlife. I’ve blogged about many of these billboards before (see “Compare the Billboards: Creationists vs. Atheists,” “Thank God You’re Wrong,” and “Sad Atheist Legacy”).
Well, another billboard has gone up—this time in Moscow, Idaho—but it has a slightly different message from many of the billboards we’ve seen:
This humanist billboard is part of a campaign to recruit people to a program to become “humanist celebrants” who are licensed to officiate weddings, specifically same-sex weddings. Now, what these humanists are really trying to do is to remove God from the institution of marriage.
But that raises a question: Why do humanists (atheists, secularists, etc.) even need marriage? After all, marriage was given to us by God. In Genesis 1–2, we read about the first marriage, which was between Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:24 states, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” In a single verse, we learn two very important things: first, marriage is between one man and one woman; and second, the foundation for marriage and its origin is in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.
Now, I would submit that secularists know deep down that without God’s Word, there is no foundation for fidelity and commitment between couples. Moreover, they know that they have to remove the foundation for marriage in order to allow same-sex “marriages” to take place. The Apostle Paul in Romans 1 is clear that these people have willingly exchanged the truth for a lie. This is just another expression of our Western culture’s rejection of the authority of Scripture.
By the way, why do people want it to be two men or two women? Even having two comes from the Bible, back to Genesis! If they were consistent, secularists wouldn’t bother with marriage. Or if they decided to have some sort of formal arrangement, why not three, four, or whatever? Even when they insist on two they are really borrowing from God’s Word!
In Judges 17:6, we read, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” In other words, when there is no absolute authority to decide right and wrong, everyone has his or her own opinion about what to do. And the Humanist Society is trying to make its opinion about marriage widely accepted.
The battle against gay “marriage” and the removal of the foundation of marriage will ultimately be lost unless the church and the culture return to the absolute authority beginning in Genesis. Then and only then will there be a true foundation for the correct doctrine of marriage—one man for one woman for life.
By the way, if you have not seen our new, massive billboard on Times Square in New York City—designed to reach out to atheists and also get them to visit our website—go to my previous blog post. This evangelistic billboard will be seen by millions of people through the Christmas season.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying, Ken
Steve Golden assisted in the writing of this blog post.
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