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(Just who are the most self-righteous people on earth?)

When God created Adam and designed the fall,
 To reveal Christ's glorious salvation call.
 Self-righteousness, then came into play,
 To plague mankind in a wicked way.

 Sadly, by nature we tend to be,
 Righteous in our own works, you see.
 The christian struggles most every day,
 To keep his self-righteousness at bay.

 But, the most self-righteous man on earth;
 The one most permeated with its curse,
 Is the atheist in whom we find,
 Through the perversion of his mind,
 An evil heart that readily condemns
 All who dare disagree with him.

 The beam is there , yet he sees it not,
 But, 'oh the mote, it's in clear eyeshot.
 From his cocksure "pulpit" above,
 He promises to bring utopia and love.

 He delights in questioning God, too see,
 If he can set God at his knee,
 Even to replace Him on His throne,
 There to self-righteously rule alone.

 He's been this way since the day of Cain.
 The atheist, as God, will proclaim,
 To be the righteous judge for all,
 Obeisance to him is his clarion call.

 The tyrant appears in manmade splendor,
 Declaring there is no god but Caesar.
 And given a little time, he'll appear again,
 And we see the rise of Joseph Stalin.

 Don't be fooled by this false hope,
 That man in his own wisdom can cope,
 With the ills lifes struggle brings,
 Into our mortal transition scene.

 The "seeming" right way to man, at best,
 Becomes the wrong way leading to death.
 As the battle royal turns out to be,
 The war between my flesh and me.

 Because the great danger exists,
 In our deep-seated self-righteousness.
 Unlike the atheist, we pray every day,
 That God's Holy Word light our way.

 But, the atheist will have none of this;
 No matter how much "man made" pain exists,
 From his self-righteous attempt to be,
 The righteous judge for you and me.

 With this "revealed" knowledge we should find,
 Not hate, but love of a Godly kind,
 For our adversary the atheist, you see,
 But for God's grace, thats what we'd be.

 1Cor.2:14 "the natural man recieveth not"...
 Rom.8:7 " the carnal mind is enmity--neither can he know"....
 John 6:44 "no man can....
 John6:29 "this is the work of God, that ye believe"....


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  1. Date: 2/6/2015 7:11:00 AM
    You write graciously and wonderfully. Its blissful coming across this piece. There's nothing more than I can say other than, this is simply awesome and great

  1. Date: 11/1/2013 5:22:00 PM
    I believe in God with great faith. So the atheist wine I shall not taste. A humble man in this world I'll be. Until Christ comes from heaven, then the atheist shall see. Another fine write you have written. I think your going to be a Favorite of mine...