Hey, Margaret Atwood!
A recent Medium.com article written by Margaret Atwood author of The Handmaid's Tale and the MaddAddam Trilogy is the focus of today's post. Margaret Atwood proclaims herself an Agnostic in the article titled, The Battle Between Action and Belief.
Unfamiliar with the term, Agnostic, I found the following definition in Webster's Dictionary: "An Agnostic is a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God." Is it just me, or does this definition describe one of Satan's soul traps?
Atwood, apparently confused by years of comparative and contrasting religious studies, wrote, "my hopes and fears are rooted in conflicting belief systems." She calls herself a "Martian." She has her reasons, but I suspect it has more to do with her inability to embrace and believe the Holy Bible and that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God.
Atwood also wrote, "despite what I said about Martians and agnostics, I am of course deeply immersed in Christian culture." She also admits to understanding the "permissive will of God." At the end of the article, however, Atwood closed with the following statement and two-part question: "So if you need to have a religion, have a good one, and employ it positively. Are you what you say you believe, or are you what you actually do?" My response to Atwood's two-part question is this: What good is being either when the profits of your talents enable you to temporarily gain the whole world while you forsake the God of your eternal soul?
Based on her writing, Atwood admits to learning plenty about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and claims to be "immersed in Christian culture." She does not, however, confess her faith in any higher power. As an Agnostic, she believes in whatsoever engages her flesh.
Atwood's education limited her understanding of the Bible to basic cultural religions. Her Christian curriculum and course materials failed to teach her the importance of a relationship with Almighty God. Atwood and other Agnostic nonbelievers do not follow biblical principals. This means they deny the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; they do not pray in Jesus's name, and they forfeit inheriting the Kingdom of heaven.
Regardless of tragic events, past and present, executed in the name of "religion," Atwood's fence-straddling shows she is ashamed to confess Christ to her readers. In all her years of studying the Bible, and for someone who claims to be immersed in the Christian culture, where is her conviction to confess "Jesus is Lord" to her audience? She had no problem writing dystopian novels. She created a religion she calls, "a subset of vaguely Christian culture" for a fiction character.
I read the article twice to be sure I had a good understanding of the author's message. After all, I'm not in the business of reading and critiquing the works of other authors to condemn their creativity. I get that she is well-educated in the Bible and cultural religions. I get her purpose for writing the article. I am not persuaded by Atwood's perception of what faith is and what it is not. Why, after all her "higher learning" does she cling to a temporary man-made religion instead of clinging to the eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Based on Atwood's choice of words, I am convinced she does not know what to believe so she chooses to believe in nothing! And because she is a "strict Agnostic," her article portrays her lukewarm hypocrisy and reveals her as one of the "scribes and Pharisees" Jesus rebuked and called "hypocrites" (Matthew 23:27).
Atwood's confusion is a blatant kick in the faith-shin. In one paragraph she owns the Agnostic religion. In a later paragraph, Atwood states she is "immersed in Christian culture."
What does it mean for "lukewarm" Agnostics immersed in Christian culture in the eyes of God?" Here's what Jesus said in the Amplified Bible to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:15-16: "‘I know your deeds, that you are [g]neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were [h]cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless) and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]."
Let's be clear on this one thing if nothing else: believing Christians readily and boldly confess Christ. We cite Romans 10:9 or confess Him using other words. Regardless, confessing Christian believers leave no room for doubt in the minds of their listeners and readers that Christ Jesus is our LORD and Savior!
Why? Because in our hearts resides the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reminds us of what Christ told his disciples in the Mark 8:38. Jesus said, "Whosoever, therefore, shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Two of several things believing Christians do not want is to be vomited up by Jesus and for Him to be ashamed to present us to our Heavenly Father and His holy angels.
Therefore, Margaret Atwood, because of her staunch Agnostic religion, positions herself as a member of that "hypocritical adulterous and sinful generation" Christ addressed. The practice of immersing oneself in cultural Christian religious traditions without belief in the Living God Yahweh in Christ Jesus is the life of a hypocrite.
Hey Margaret Atwood, why call yourself Agnostic and keep Christian culture religious traditions that purpose to worship the God you do not confess or deny? Who is the ungodly church leader pastoring you? To whom do you give thanks or acknowledge for your successful writing career?
My sincerest hope for Margaret Atwood and other Agnostics is grounded in the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25. By verse 30 "the unprofitable servant was thrown into outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Most of all, I hope Margaret Atwood and other Agnostics will study John 3:14-21. Living contrary to the words of Christ is like volunteering to spend an agonizing eternity under arrest in the dark.
Holy Bible. Zondervan, 2011.
/@MargaretAtwood. “The Battle Between Action and Belief - Words That Matter.” Medium, Words That Matter, 20 Dec. 2017, medium.com/wordsthatmatter/the-battle-between-action-and-belief-49bec7456341.